Public Employer's Toolkit


If you are a new employer, or new to dealing with federal employment tax, the first place to go for information is IRS Publication 15, (Circular E), Employer’s Tax Guide PDF. This publication is revised each year and contains the basic information employers need to be able to collect adequate information so they can determine and pay their and their employees’ portion of employment tax liability, file correct tax returns, and withhold federal taxes, where necessary.

You may also want to consult the following Publications that include information specific to government entities:

The following list includes most federal tax forms and instructions you are likely to need to process payroll and file necessary returns with the IRS. You can download the forms and instructions from the links. Note: Some of the forms are information copies only and cannot be used for filing. View a list of all IRS forms and publications.

For further online information about employer responsibilities, visit the Employment Taxes for Businesses page.