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Understanding Your CP136B Notice

The CP136B explains your deposit requirements for your Form 941 filings for next year, which may be different from your requirements for last year. We base your deposit requirement on the total tax you reported on your Form 944 last year.

What you need to do

  • If your tax liability last year was $50,000 or less, you will be a monthly depositor next year. Monthly depositors must deposit taxes on wages paid during the month by the 15th of the following month.
  • If your tax liability for last year was over $50,000, you will be a semi-weekly depositor. Semi-weekly depositors must deposit taxes on wages paid on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday by the following Friday. Taxes on wages paid on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday are due the following Wednesday.
  • If the tax amounts we used to determine your deposit requirement differ from your tax records, then you should determine the appropriate deposit schedule.
  • If the tax amount we used is zero, we have no record of receiving last year’s Form 944. Please file Form 944 as soon as possible.

  • You may want to...

    • Visit for tax forms, instructions, and publications.
    • Download Publication 15 (Circular 15), Employer’s Tax Guide
    • Check your records to verify that they show the same liability amount as the CP136B.

    Answers to Common Questions

    How do I show my payments when I file Form 941?
    We have a record of your payments. We don’t need you to show your payments. Show only the tax liabilities.

    How do I show the tax liabilities?
    If you are a monthly depositor, enter the taxes due for each month on Part 2 of Form 941. If you are a semi-weekly depositor, use Schedule B (Form 941) to enter the tax due for each date you paid your employees.

    What do I do if the tax liability on the notice is incorrect?
    The tax on the notice includes only the tax liability on your original Forms 944 for last year. Don’t include amended returns. Base your deposit requirements on the original tax liability for last year.

    Do I have to file electronically?
    You must pay all deposits electronically unless one of the two conditions applies:

    • Your tax liability is less than $2,500
    • The tax for the prior tax period was less than $2,500 and you did not have a $100,000 liability due the next day

    If your tax for the quarterly tax period is less than $2,500, you can pay with the payment voucher attached to Form 941.

    What if my accumulated tax liability reaches $100,000?
    You must deposit the next business day. Once your accumulated tax liability reaches $100,000 for any month, you immediately become a semi-weekly depositor for the rest of the current year and the next year.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 09-Jun-2016

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How to get help

  • Call the 1-800, 1-866 or 1-888 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
  • Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.