Table of Contents
- Part 1:Answer These Questions for This Year
- 1. Wages, Tips, and Other Compensation
- 2. Federal Income Tax Withheld From Wages, Tips, and Other Compensation
- 3. If No Wages, Tips, and Other Compensation are Subject to Social Security or Medicare Tax
- 4a.–4e.Taxable Social Security and Medicare Wages and Tips
- 5. Total Taxes Before Adjustments
- 6.Current Year's Adjustments
- 7. Total Taxes After Adjustments
- 8. Total Deposits for This Year
- 9a, 9b, and 10. Reserved
- 11. Balance Due
- Complete Both Pages
- Part 2:Tell Us About Your Deposit Schedule and Tax Liability for This Year
- Part 3:Tell Us About Your Business
- Part 4:May We Speak With Your Third-party Designee?
- Part 5:Sign Here (Approved Roles)
- How to Order Forms, Instructions, and Publications From the IRS
Enter amounts on line 1 that would also be included in box 1 of your employees' Forms W-2. Include sick pay paid by a third party if you were given timely notice of the payments and the third party transferred liability for the employer's taxes to you. See the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3 for details.
If you are a third-party payer of sick pay, don't include sick pay that you paid to policyholders' employees here if you gave the policyholders timely notice of the payments.
Enter the federal income tax that you withheld (or were required to withhold) from your employees on this year's wages, tips, taxable fringe benefits, and supplemental unemployment compensation benefits. Don't include any income tax withheld by a third-party payer of sick pay even if you reported it on Forms W-2. You will reconcile this difference on Form W-3.
If no wages, tips, and other compensation on line 1 are subject to social security or Medicare taxes, check the box on line 3 and go to line 5. If this question doesn't apply to you, leave the box blank. For more information about exempt wages, see section 15 of Pub. 15, section 12 of Pub. 80, or section 15 of Pub. 179. For religious exemptions, see section 4 of Pub. 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide.
Enter the total wages, sick pay, and fringe benefits subject to social security taxes that you paid to your employees during the year. For this purpose, sick pay includes payments made by an insurance company to your employees for which you received timely notice from the insurance company. See section 6 in Pub. 15-A for more information about sick pay reporting.
Enter the amount before deductions. Don't include tips on this line. For information on types of wages subject to social security taxes, see section 5 of Pub. 15, section 4 of Pub. 80, or section 5 of Pub. 179.
For 2015, the rate of social security tax on taxable wages is 6.2% (.062) for the employer and employee, or 12.4% (.124) for both. Stop paying social security tax on and reporting an employee's wages on line 4a when the employee's taxable wages (including tips) reach $118,500 for the year. However, continue to withhold income and Medicare taxes for the whole year on wages and tips even when the social security wage base of $118,500 has been reached.
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Enter all tips your employees reported to you during the year until the total of the tips and wages for an employee reach $118,500 for the year. Include all tips your employees reported to you even if you were unable to withhold the 6.2% employee's share of social security tax.
Your employee must report cash tips to you by the 10th day of the month after the month the tips are received. The report should include charged tips (for example, credit and debit card charges) you paid over to the employee for charge customers, tips the employee received directly from customers, and tips received from other employees under any tip-sharing arrangement. Both directly and indirectly tipped employees must report tips to you. No report is required for months when tips are less than $20. Employees may use Form 4070 (available only in Pub. 1244), or Form 4070-PR (available only in Pub. 1244-PR), or submit a written statement or electronic tip record.
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Enter all wages, tips, sick pay, and taxable fringe benefits that are subject to Medicare tax. Unlike social security wages, there is no limit on the amount of wages subject to Medicare tax.
The rate of Medicare tax is 1.45% (.0145) each for the employer and employee, or 2.9% (.029) for both. Include all tips your employees reported during the year, even if you were unable to withhold the employee tax of 1.45%.
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For more information on tips, see section 6 of Pub. 15, section 5 of Pub. 80, or section 6 of Pub. 179.
Enter all wages, tips, sick pay, and taxable fringe benefits that are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding. You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold.
For more information on what wages are subject to Medicare tax, see the chart, Special Rules for Various Types of Services and Payments, in section 15 of Pub. 15. For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS.gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box.
Once wages and tips exceed the $200,000 withholding threshold, include all tips your employees reported during the year, even if you were unable to withhold the employee tax of 0.9%.
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Add the total federal income tax withheld from wages, tips, and other compensation from line 2 and the total social security and Medicare taxes before adjustments from line 4e. Enter the result on line 5.
Enter tax amounts that result from current period adjustments. Use a minus sign (if possible) to show an adjustment that decreases the total taxes shown on line 5. Otherwise, use parentheses.
In certain cases, you must adjust the amounts you entered as social security and Medicare taxes in column 2 of lines 4a–4d to figure your correct tax liability for this year's Form 944. See section 13 of Pub. 15, section 9 of Pub. 80, or section 12 of Pub. 179.
If you need to adjust any amount reported on line 6 from a previously filed Form 944, complete and file Form 944-X. Form 944-X is an adjusted return or claim for refund and is filed separately from Form 944. See section 13 of Pub. 15 or section 9 of Pub. 80.
Enter adjustments for fractions of cents (due to rounding) relating to the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes withheld. The employee share of amounts shown in column 2 of lines 4a–4d may differ slightly from amounts actually withheld from employees' paychecks due to rounding social security and Medicare taxes based on statutory rates.
Enter the adjustment for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes that were withheld and deposited by your third-party sick pay payer with regard to sick pay paid by the third party. These wages should be included on line 4a, line 4c, and, if the withholding threshold is met, line 4d. If you are the third-party sick pay payer, enter the adjustment for any employer share of these taxes required to be paid by the employer.
Combine the amounts shown on lines 5 and 6 and enter the result on line 7.
If line 7 is less than $2,500, you may pay the amount with Form 944 or you may deposit the amount.
If line 7 is $2,500 or more, you generally must deposit your tax liabilities by EFT. However, if you deposited all taxes accumulated in the first three quarters of the year and your fourth quarter liability is less than $2,500, you may pay taxes accumulated during the fourth quarter with Form 944. The amount shown on line 7 must equal the amount shown on line 13m.
For more information and rules about federal tax deposits, see Must You Deposit Your Taxes, earlier, and section 11 of Pub. 15, section 8 of Pub. 80, or section 11 of Pub. 179.
Enter your deposits for this year, including any overpayment that you applied from filing Form 944-X, 944-X (PR), 944-X (SP), 941-X, or 941-X (PR) in the current year. Also include in the amount shown any overpayment from a previous period that you applied to this return.
If line 7 is more than line 8, enter the difference on line 11. Otherwise, see Overpayment below. Never make an entry on both lines 11 and 12.
You don't have to pay if line 11 is less than $1. Generally, you should have a balance due only if your total taxes after adjustments (line 7) are less than $2,500. See If line 7 is $2,500 or more, earlier, for an exception.
If you were required to make federal tax deposits, pay the amount shown on line 11 by EFT. If you weren't required to make federal tax deposits, you may pay the amount shown on line 11 by EFT, credit card, debit card, check, money order, or EFW. For more information on electronic payment options, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/payments.
If you pay by EFT, credit card, or debit card, file your return using the Without a payment address under Where Should You File, earlier. Don't file Form 944-V, Payment Voucher.
If you pay by check or money order, make it payable to the “United States Treasury.” Enter your EIN, Form 944, and the tax period on your check or money order. Complete Form 944-V and enclose it with Form 944.
You can't pay the full amount shown on line 11,
The total amount you owe is $25,000 or less, and
You can pay the liability in full in 24 months.
If line 8 is more than line 7, enter the amount on line 12. Never make an entry on both lines 11 and 12.
If you deposited more than the correct amount for the year, you can choose to have the IRS either refund the overpayment or apply it to your next return. Check only one box on line 12. If you don't check either box or if you check both boxes, generally we will apply the overpayment to your account. We may apply your overpayment to any past due tax account that is shown in our records under your EIN.
If line 12 is less than $1, we will send a refund or apply it to your next return only if you ask us in writing to do so.
If line 7 is less than $2,500, check the first box on line 13 and go to line 14.
If line 7 is $2,500 or more, check the second box on line 13. If you are a monthly schedule depositor, enter your tax liability for each month and figure the total liability for the year. If you don't enter your tax liability for each month, the IRS won't know when you should have made deposits and may assess an “averaged” failure-to-deposit penalty. See section 11 of Pub. 15, section 8 of Pub. 80, or section 11 of Pub. 179. If your tax liability for any month is negative (for example, if you are adjusting an overreported liability in a prior month), don't enter a negative amount for the month. Instead, enter zero for the month and subtract that negative amount from your tax liability for the next month.
If you are a semiweekly schedule depositor or if you accumulate $100,000 or more in tax liability on any day in a deposit period, you must complete Form 945-A and file it with Form 944. See the $100,000 Next Day Deposit Rule in section 11 of Pub. 15, section 8 of Pub. 80, or section 11 of Pub. 179. Don't complete lines 13a–13m if you file Form 945-A.
In Part 3, answer question 14 only if it applies to your business. If it doesn't apply, leave it blank and go to Part 4.
If you go out of business or stop paying wages, you must file a final return. To tell the IRS that a particular Form 944 is your final return, check the box on line 14 and enter the date you last paid wages in the space provided. For additional filing requirements, see If your business has closed..., earlier.
If you want to allow an employee, a paid tax preparer, or another person to discuss your Form 944 with the IRS, check the “Yes” box in Part 4. Enter the name, phone number, and the 5-digit personal identification number (PIN) of the specific person to speak with—not the name of the firm that prepared your tax return. The designee may choose any five numbers as his or her PIN.
By checking “Yes,” you authorize the IRS to talk to the person you named (your designee) about any questions we may have while we process your return. You also authorize your designee to do all of the following.
Give us any information that is missing from your return.
Call us for information about processing your return.
Respond to certain IRS notices that you have shared with your designee about math errors and return preparation. The IRS won't send notices to your designee.
You aren't authorizing your designee to bind you to anything (including additional tax liability) or to otherwise represent you before the IRS. If you want to expand your designee's authorization, see Pub. 947.
The authorization will automatically expire 1 year after the due date (without regard to extensions) for filing your Form 944. If you or your designee want to terminate the authorization, write to the IRS office for your locality using the Without a payment address under Where Should You File, earlier.
Complete all information in Part 5 and sign Form 944. The following persons are authorized to sign the return for each type of business entity.
Form 944 may be signed by a duly authorized agent of the taxpayer if a valid power of attorney has been filed.
A paid preparer must sign Form 944 and provide the information in the Paid Preparer Use Only section of Part 5 if the preparer was paid to prepare Form 944 and isn't an employee of the filing entity. Paid preparers must sign paper returns with a manual signature. The preparer must give you a copy of the return in addition to the copy to be filed with the IRS.
If you are a paid preparer, enter your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) in the space provided. Include your complete address. If you work for a firm, enter the firm's name and the EIN of the firm. You can apply for a PTIN online or by filing Form W-12. For more information about applying for a PTIN online, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/ptin. You can't use your PTIN in place of the EIN of the tax preparation firm.
Generally, don't complete this section if you are filing the return as a reporting agent and have a valid Form 8655 on file with the IRS. However, a reporting agent must complete this section if the reporting agent offered legal advice, for example, advising the client on determining whether its workers are employees or independent contractors for federal tax purposes.
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