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The start of July brings with it fireworks, corn on the cob and yes, the need to start thinking about remaining tax deadlines for 2021. This year, it is also important to start planning for the payroll deferral deadlines that are coming up at year end. For those organizations that chose to defer, there may be significant balances due so it’s important to understand when payments will be required.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers were allowed to defer the deposit and payment of the employer portion of social security taxes (6.2% rate) that would have otherwise been required for wages paid between March 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The deferral also applies to deposits and payments due after January 1, 2021 for wages paid during the quarter ending December 31, 2020.
The IRS is issuing reminder notices for EACH quarter the employer portion of social security taxes were deferred. Employers that deferred amounts in all four quarters of 2020 may receive up to four reminder notices, even though the amounts are all due by the same due dates. The total deferred amount for EACH quarter will be on the reminder notices, however only 50% of the amount must be paid by January 3, 2022. Deferred amounts will be treated as timely deposited and paid according to the following schedule:
An employer can begin repaying the deferred amounts at any time. Any payments or deposits that an employer makes before December 31, 2021, will be first applied against the employer’s payment due on January 3, 2022, and then applied against the employer’s payment due on December 31, 2022.
If you have any questions about the upcoming deadlines or deferred payroll taxes, please call us at 630-953-4900. We are happy to discuss further.