Instructions for Form 944-SS (2011)

Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return—American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.

2011



Instructions for
Form 944-SS - Introductory Material

What's New

Form 944-SS webpage.

The IRS has created a page on IRS.gov for information about Form 944-SS and its instructions, at www.irs.gov/form944ss. Information about any recent developments affecting Form 944-SS will be posted on that page.



Form 944-SS discontinued.

Form 944-SS will no longer be issued by the IRS after 2011. Beginning with tax year 2012, taxpayers who previously filed Form 944-SS will continue to file annually on Form 944, Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return (or Form 944(SP), the Spanish language equivalent to Form 944). Alternatively, taxpayers may request to begin quarterly filing Forms 941-SS, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return—American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, see the 2012 Instructions for Form 944.

To request to file quarterly Forms 941-SS to report your social security and Medicare taxes for the 2012 calendar year, you must either call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 (U.S. Virgin Islands only), or 267-941-1000 (toll call) by April 2, 2012, or send a written request postmarked on or before March 15, 2012. After you contact the IRS, the IRS will send you a written notice that your filing requirement has been changed. If you do not receive this notice, you must file Form 944 for calendar year 2012. For more information, see What if you want to file Forms 941-SS instead of Form 944, later.



Social security and Medicare taxes for 2011.

The employee tax rate for social security is 4.2%. The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6.2%. The Medicare tax rate is 1.45% each for employers and employees.

Do not withhold or pay social security tax after an employee reaches $106,800 in social security wages for the year. There is no limit on the amount of wages subject to Medicare tax.



Federal tax deposits must be made by electronic funds transfer.

Beginning January 1, 2011, you must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits (such as deposits of employment tax, excise tax, and corporate income tax). Forms 8109 and 8109-B, Federal Tax Deposit Coupon, cannot be used after December 31, 2010. Generally, electronic funds transfers are made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). If you do not want to use EFTPS, you can arrange for your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other trusted third party to make deposits on your behalf. Also, you may arrange for your financial institution to initiate a same-day wire payment on your behalf. EFTPS is a free service provided by the Department of Treasury. Services provided by your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other third party may have a fee.

For more information on making federal tax deposits, see section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS), Federal Tax Guide for Employers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (for use in 2011).

For more information about EFTPS or to enroll in EFTPS, visit the EFTPS website at www.eftps.gov, or call 1-800-555-4477 (U.S. Virgin Islands only), 303-967-5916 (toll call), or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD). Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Pub. 966, The Secure Way to Pay Your Federal Taxes.



Change of address.

Beginning in 2012, employers must use new Form 8822-B, Change of Address—Business, for any address change.



Reminders

COBRA premium assistance credit.

The credit for COBRA premium assistance payments applies to premiums paid for employees involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008 and May 31, 2010, and to premiums paid for up to 15 months. See the instructions for line 9a.



Correcting a previously filed Form 944-SS.

If you discover an error on a previously filed Form 944-SS, make the correction using Form 944-X, Adjusted Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund. Form 944-X is filed separately from Form 944-SS. For more information, see section 9 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS), or visit IRS.gov and enter the keywords Correcting Employment Taxes.



Paid preparers must sign Form 944-SS.

Paid preparers must complete and sign the paid preparer's section of
Form 944-SS.



Electronic payment.

Now, more than ever before, businesses can enjoy the benefits of paying their federal taxes electronically. Whether you rely on a tax professional or handle your own taxes, the IRS offers you convenient programs to make paying easier. Spend less time and worry on taxes and more time running your business. Use Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to make deposits or pay in full whether you rely on a tax professional or prepare your own taxes. Visit www.eftps.gov or call EFTPS Customer Service at 1-800-555-4477 (U.S. Virgin Islands only), 303-967-5916 (toll call), or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD).

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If you were a semiweekly schedule depositor at any time during 2011, you must file a paper Form 944-SS and Form 945-A, Annual Record of Federal Tax Liability.



EFTPS deposits.

For an EFTPS deposit to be on time, you must initiate the deposit by 8 p.m. Eastern time the day before the date the deposit is due.

Same-day payment option.

If you fail to initiate a deposit transaction on EFTPS by 8 p.m. Eastern time the day before the date a deposit is due, you can still make your deposit on time by using the Federal Tax Application (FTA). If you ever need the same-day payment method, you will need to make arrangements with your financial institution ahead of time. Please check with your financial institution regarding availability, deadlines, and costs. Your financial institution may charge you a fee for payments made this way. To learn more about the information you will need to provide to your financial institution to make a same-day wire payment, visit www.eftps.gov to download the Same-Day Payment Worksheet.



Credit or debit card payments.

Employers can pay the balance due shown on Form 944-SS by credit or debit card. Do not use a credit or debit card to make federal tax deposits. For more information on paying your taxes with a credit or debit card, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/e-pay. A convenience fee will be charged for this service.



Employer's liability.

Employers are responsible to ensure that tax returns are filed and deposits and payments are made, even if the employer contracts with a third party. The employer remains liable if the third party fails to perform a required action.http://request by collection policy.



Where can you get telephone help?

You can call the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line toll free at 1-800-829-4933 (U.S. Virgin Islands only) or 267-941-1000 (toll call) Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time for answers to your questions about completing Form 944-SS, tax deposit rules, or obtaining an employer identification number (EIN).



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General Instructions

Federal law requires you, as an employer, to withhold taxes from your employees' paychecks. Each time you pay wages, you must withhold — or take out of your employees' paychecks — certain amounts for social security tax and Medicare tax. Under the withholding system, taxes withheld from your employees are credited to your employees in payment of their tax liabilities.

Federal law also requires employers to pay any liability for the employer's portion of social security and Medicare taxes. This portion of social security and Medicare taxes is not withheld from employees.

What Is the Purpose of Form 944-SS?

Form 944-SS is designed so the smallest employers (those whose annual liability for social security and Medicare taxes is $1,000 or less) will file and pay these taxes only once a year instead of every quarter. These instructions give you some background information about Form 944-SS, tell you who must file the form, how to complete it line by line, and when and where to file it.

For more information about annual employment tax filing and tax deposit rules, see Treasury Decision 9440. You can find T.D. 9440 on page 409 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2009-5 at www.irs.gov/irb/2009-05_IRB/ar10.html.

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Form 944-SS will no longer be issued by the IRS after 2011. Beginning in 2012, employers who previously filed Form 944-SS will annually file Form 944. For more information, see Form 944-SS discontinued under What's New.

If you want more in-depth information about payroll tax topics, see Pub. 80 (Circular SS). Or visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/businesses and click on the Employment Taxes link.

Who Must File Form 944-SS?

In general, if the IRS has notified you to file Form 944-SS, then you must file Form 944-SS to report all the following amounts.

  • Wages you have paid.

  • Tips your employees have received.

  • Both the employer's and the employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes.

  • Current year's adjustments to social security and Medicare taxes for fractions of cents, sick pay, tips, and group-term life insurance.

  • Credit for COBRA premium assistance payments.

If you received notification to file Form 944-SS, you must file Form 944-SS to report your social security and Medicare taxes for the 2011 calendar year, unless you contacted the IRS by April 1, 2011, to request to file Forms 941-SS quarterly instead and received written confirmation that your filing requirement was changed. You must file Form 944-SS even if you have no taxes to report (or you have taxes in excess of $1,000 to report) unless you filed a final return. Also see What if you want to file Forms 941-SS instead of Form 944? below.

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If you have not received notification to file Form 944 or Form 944-SS but estimate your employment tax liability for calendar year 2012 will be $1,000 or less and you would like to file Form 944 instead of Forms 941-SS, you can contact the IRS to request to file Form 944. To file Form 944 for calendar year 2012, you must call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 (U.S. Virgin Islands only), or 267-941-1000 (toll call) by April 2, 2012, or send a written request postmarked on or before March 15, 2012. Written requests should be sent to the "Form 944-SS without payment" address under Where Should You File, later. The IRS will send you a written notice that your filing requirement has been changed to Form 944. If you do not receive this notice, you must file Forms 941-SS for calendar year 2012.

New employers are also eligible to file Form 944 if they will meet the eligibility requirements. New employers filing Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, must complete line 13 of Form SS-4 indicating the highest number of employees expected in the next 12 months and must check the box on line 14 to indicate they expect to have $1,000 or less in employment tax liability for the calendar year and would like to file Form 944. Generally, if you pay $6,536 or less in wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes, you are likely to pay $1,000 or less in employment taxes. New employers are advised of their employment tax filing requirement when they are issued their EIN. For 2012 and later, new employers who would have been eligible to file Form 944-SS will file Form 944.

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If the IRS notified you to file Form 944-SS for 2011, file Form 944-SS (and not Forms 941-SS) even if your tax liability for 2011 exceeds $1,000.

What if you want to file Forms 941-SS instead of Form 944?

You must file Form 944-SS for the 2011 calendar year if you have been notified to do so. You will be required to file Form 944 for the 2012 calendar year unless you contact the IRS to request to quarterly file Forms 941-SS instead, or the IRS notifies you that you are no longer eligible for the Form 944 Program and must file Forms 941-SS. To request to file quarterly Forms 941-SS to report your social security and Medicare taxes for the 2012 calendar year, you must either call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 (U.S. Virgin Islands only), or 267-941-1000 (toll call) by April 2, 2012, or send a written request postmarked on or before March 15, 2012, unless you are a new employer. See New employers, earlier. Written requests should be sent to the IRS "Form 944-SS without payment" address under Where Should You File, later. After you contact the IRS, the IRS will send you a written notice that your filing requirement has been changed. If you do not receive this notice, you must file Form 944 for calendar year 2012. See Rev. Proc. 2009-51, 2009-45 I.R.B. 625, available at www.irs.gov/irb/2009-45_IRB/ar12.html.

Who cannot file Form 944-SS?

The following employers cannot file Form 944-SS.

  • Employers who are not notified. If the IRS did not notify you to file Form 944-SS, do not file Form 944-SS.

  • Household employers. If you employ only household employees, do not file Form 944-SS. For more information, see Pub. 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide, and Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes.

  • Agricultural employers. If you employ only agricultural employees, do not file Form 944-SS. For more information, see Pub. 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide, and Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees.

What if you close your business?

If your business has closed...

If you go out of business or stop paying wages to your employees, you must file a final return. To tell the IRS that Form 944-SS for a particular year is your final return, check the box in Part 3 on page 2 of Form 944-SS and enter the final date you paid wages. Also attach a statement to your return showing the name of the person keeping the payroll records and the address where those records will be kept.

When Must You File?

File Form 944-SS by January 31 after the end of the calendar year. File your initial Form 944-SS for the year in which you paid wages that are subject to social security and Medicare taxes if the IRS has notified you that you are to file Form 944-SS for that year. If you made timely deposits in full payment of your taxes for the year by January 31, you have 10 more calendar days after that date to file your
Form 944-SS.

If we receive your Form 944-SS after the due date, we will treat Form 944-SS as filed on time if the envelope containing Form 944-SS is properly addressed, contains sufficient postage, and is postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before the due date, or sent by an IRS-designated private delivery service on or before the due date. If you do not follow these guidelines, we will consider Form 944-SS filed when it is actually received. See Pub. 80 (Circular SS) for more information on IRS-designated private delivery services.

If any due date for filing falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, you may file your return on the next
business day.

How Should You Complete Form 944-SS?

Enter your EIN, name, and address in the spaces provided. Also, enter your name and EIN at the top of page 2. Do not use your social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Generally, enter the business (legal) name that you used when you applied for your EIN. For example, if you are a sole proprietor, enter "Tyler Smith" on the "Name" line and "Tyler's Cycles" on the "Trade name" line. Leave the "Trade name" line blank if it is the same as your "Name."

If you pay a tax preparer to complete Form 944-SS, make sure the preparer uses your correct business name and EIN.

Employer identification number (EIN).

To make sure that businesses comply with federal tax laws, the IRS monitors tax filings and payments by using a numerical system to identify taxpayers. A unique 9-digit employer identification number (EIN) is assigned to all corporations, partnerships, and some sole proprietors. Businesses needing an EIN must apply for a number and use it throughout the life of the business on all tax returns, payments, and reports.

Your business should have only one EIN. If you have more than one and are not sure which one to use, write to the IRS office where you file your returns (using the "Form 944-SS without payment" address under Where Should You File?) or call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 (U.S. Virgin Islands only) or 267-941-1000 (toll call). TTY/TDD users in the U.S. Virgin Islands can call 1-800-829-4059.

If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. Visit IRS.gov and click on the Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online link. You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933 (U.S. Virgin Islands) or 267-941-1000 (toll call), or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS. If you do not have an EIN by the time a return is due, write "Applied For" and the date you applied in the space shown for the number.

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Always be sure the EIN on the form you file exactly matches the EIN that IRS assigned to your business. Do not use your social security number on forms that ask for an EIN. Filing a Form 944-SS with an incorrect EIN or using another business's EIN may result in penalties and delays in processing your return.



If you change your name or address...

Notify the IRS immediately if you change your business name or address.

  • Name change. Write to the IRS office using the "Form 944-SS without payment" address under Where Should You File? to notify the IRS of any name change. Get Pub. 1635, Understanding Your EIN, Employer Identification Number, to see if you need to also apply for a new EIN.

  • Address change. Complete and mail Form 8822, Change of Address, for any address change. Beginning in 2012, employers must use new Form 8822-B, Change of Address—Business, for any address change.



Completing and Filing Form 944-SS

Make entries on Form 944-SS as follows to enable accurate processing.

  • Use 12-point Courier font (if possible) for all entries if you are using a typewriter or computer to complete
    Form 944-SS.

  • Do not enter dollar signs and decimal points. Commas are optional. Report dollars to the left of the preprinted decimal point and cents to the right of it.

  • Leave blank any data field with a value of zero (except line 7).

  • Enter negative amounts using a minus sign (if possible). Otherwise, use parentheses.

  • Enter your name and EIN on all pages and attachments. Filers using the IRS-preaddressed Form 944-SS are not required to enter their name and EIN on page 2.

Reconciling Forms 944-SS and Form W-3SS

The IRS matches amounts reported on your Form 944-SS with Form W-2AS, W-2GU, W-2CM, or W-2VI amounts totaled on your Form W-3SS, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements. If the amounts do not agree, the IRS or Social Security Administration (SSA) may contact you. The reconciled amounts are for all the following items.

  • Social security wages.

  • Social security tips.

  • Medicare wages and tips.

Must You Deposit Your Taxes?

If your liability for social security and Medicare taxes is less than $2,500 for the year, you can pay the taxes with your return. To avoid a penalty, you should pay in full and file on time. You do not have to deposit the taxes. However, you may choose to make deposits of these taxes even if your liability is less than $2,500. If your liability for these taxes is $2,500 or more, you are generally required to deposit the taxes instead of paying them when you file Form 944-SS. See the Federal Tax Deposit Requirements for Form 944-SS Filers chart below. If you do not deposit the taxes when required, you may be subject to penalties and interest.

The $2,500 threshold at which federal tax deposits must be made is different from the amount of annual tax liability ($1,000 or less) that makes an employer eligible to file Form 944-SS. Designated Form 944-SS filers whose businesses grow during the year may be required to make federal tax deposits (see chart below), but they will still file Form 944-SS for the year.

Federal Tax Deposit Requirements for Form 944-SS Filers
If Your Tax Liability is: Your Deposit Requirement is:
Less than $2,500 for the year No deposit required. You may
pay the tax with your return.
If you are unsure that your
tax liability for the year will
be less than $2,500, deposit
under the rules below.
$2,500 or more for the year, but less than $2,500 for the quarter You can deposit by the last
day of the month after the end
of a quarter. However, if
your fourth quarter tax liability
is less than $2,500, you may
pay the fourth quarter's tax
liability with Form 944-SS.
$2,500 or more for the quarter You must deposit monthly,
or semiweekly, depending
on your deposit schedule. But,
if you accumulate $100,000 or
more of taxes on any day, you
must deposit the tax by the
next business day. See section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS).

Note.

When you make deposits depends on your deposit schedule, which is either monthly or semiweekly, depending on the amount of your tax liability during the lookback period. The lookback period for Form 944-SS filers is different than the lookback period for Form 941-SS filers, so your deposit schedule may have changed. For more information, see section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS).

Beginning January 1, 2011, the IRS will use business days to determine the timeliness of deposits. Business days are any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Legal holidays in the District of Columbia are provided in Pub. 509, Tax Calendars, and Pub. 80 (Circular SS). To provide transitional relief for 2011, the IRS will not assert penalties for federal tax deposits that are untimely solely because the depositor treated a statewide legal holiday as if it were a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. See Notice 2010-87, 2010-52 I.R.B. 908, available at www.irs.gov/irb/2010-52_IRB/ar12.html.

What About Penalties and Interest?

Avoiding penalties and interest

You can avoid paying penalties and interest if you do all of the following.

  • Deposit or pay your taxes when they are due.

  • File your fully completed Form 944-SS on time.

  • Report your tax liability accurately in Part 2 of Form 944-SS.

  • Submit valid checks for tax payments.

  • Give accurate Forms W-2AS, W-2CM, W-2GU, or W-2VI to employees.

  • File Form W-3SS and Copies A of Form W-2AS, W-2CM, W-2GU, or W-2VI with the SSA on time and accurately.

Penalties and interest are charged on taxes paid late and returns filed late at a rate set by law. See section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS) for details. If you receive a notice about penalties and interest after you file this return, send us an explanation and we will determine if you meet reasonable-cause criteria. Do not attach an explanation when you file your return.

Use Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, to request abatement of assessed penalties or interest. Do not request abatement of assessed penalties or interest on Form 944-SS, 944-X, or Form 941-X.

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A trust fund recovery penalty may apply if social security and Medicare taxes that must be withheld are not withheld or paid. The penalty is the full amount of the unpaid trust fund tax. This penalty may apply when these unpaid taxes cannot be collected from the employer. The trust fund recovery penalty may be imposed on all people the IRS determines to be responsible for collecting, accounting for, and paying these taxes, and who acted willfully in not doing so. For details, see section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS).

Where Should You File?

Form 944-SS with payment Form 944-SS without payment
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 105273
Atlanta, GA 30348-5273
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 409101
Ogden, UT 84409

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Your filing or payment address may have changed from that used to file your employment tax return in prior years. Do not send Form 944-SS or any payments to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Private delivery services cannot deliver to P.O. boxes.

Specific Instructions

Part 1: Answer These Questions for This Year

3. If No Wages, Tips, and Other Compensation are Subject to Social Security or Medicare Tax

If no wages, tips, and compensation are subject to social security or Medicare taxes, check the box on line 3 and go to line 6. If this question does not apply to you, leave the box blank. For more information about exempt wages, see section 12 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS) and section 4 of Pub. 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide.

4. Taxable Social Security and Medicare Wages and Tips

4a. Taxable social security wages.

Report the total wages, sick pay, and fringe benefits subject to social security taxes that you paid to your employees during the year.

Enter the amount before deductions. Do not include tips on this line. For information on types of wages subject to social security taxes, see section 4 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS).

For 2011, the rate of social security tax on taxable wages is 6.2% (.062) for the employer and 4.2% (.042) for the employee, or 10.4% (.104) 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 $106,800 for the year. However, continue to withhold Medicare taxes for the whole year on wages and tips even when the social security wage base of $106,800 has been reached.

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x .104
line 4a (column 2)

4b. Taxable social security tips.

Enter all tips your employees reported to you during the year until the total of the tips and wages for an employee reach $106,800 for the year. Include all tips your employees reported to you even if you were unable to withhold the 4.2% 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 tips 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, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer, available only in Pub. 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer, or submit a written statement or electronic tip record.

line 4b (column 1)
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line 4b (column 2)

4c. Taxable Medicare wages & tips.

Report 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%.

line 4c (column 1)
x .029
line 4c (column 2)

For more information, see sections 4, 5, and 7 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS).

4d. Total social security and Medicare taxes.

Add the social security tax, social security tips tax, and Medicare tax.

line 4a (column 2)
line 4b (column 2)
+ line 4c (column 2)
line 4d

6. Current Year's Adjustments

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 4d. Otherwise, use parentheses.

In certain cases, you must adjust the amounts you reported as social security and Medicare taxes in column 2 of lines 4a, 4b, and 4c to figure your correct tax liability for this year's Form 944-SS. See section 9 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS).

If you need to adjust any amount reported on line 6 from a previously filed Form 944-SS, complete and file Form 944-X. Form 944-X is filed separately from Form 944-SS. See section 9 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS).

Fractions of cents.

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 through 4c may differ slightly from amounts actually withheld from employees' paychecks due to rounding social security and Medicare taxes based on statutory rates.

Sick pay.

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 lines 4a and 4c. 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.

Adjustments for tips and group-term life insurance.

Enter adjustments for both the following items.

  • Any uncollected employee share of social security and Medicare taxes on tips.

  • The uncollected employee share of social security and Medicare taxes on group-term life insurance premiums paid for former employees.

7. Total Taxes After Adjustments

Combine the amounts shown on lines 4d 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-SS because you were not required to deposit. See section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS) for information and rules about federal tax deposits.

  • If line 7 is $2,500 or more, you generally must deposit your tax liabilities by electronic funds transfer. 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 a timely filed Form 944-SS. The amount shown on line 7 must equal the amount shown on line 13m. See section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS) for information and rules about federal tax deposits.

8. Total Deposits for This Year

Enter your deposits for this year, including any overpayment that you applied from filing Form 944-X or Form 941-X in the current year. Also include in the amount shown any overpayment from a previous period that you applied to this return.

9a. COBRA Premium Assistance Payments

Report on this line 65% of the COBRA premiums for assistance eligible individuals. Take the COBRA premium assistance credit on this line only after the assistance eligible individual's 35% share of the premium has been paid. For COBRA coverage provided under a self-insured plan, COBRA premium assistance is treated as having been made for each assistance eligible individual who pays 35% of the COBRA premium. Do not include the assistance eligible individual's 35% of the premium in the amount entered on this line. For more information on COBRA premium assistance credit, visit IRS.gov and enter the keyword COBRA.

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The amount reported on line 9a is treated as a deposit of taxes on the first day of your return period and must not be used to adjust line 13 or Form 945-A.

9b. Number of Individuals Provided COBRA Premium Assistance

Enter the total number of assistance eligible individuals provided COBRA premium assistance reported on line 9a. Count each assistance eligible individual who paid a reduced COBRA premium in the year as one individual, whether or not the reduced premium was for insurance that covered more than one assistance eligible individual. For example, if the reduced COBRA premium was for coverage for a former employee, spouse, and two children, you would include one individual in the number entered on line 9b for the premium assistance. Further, each individual is reported only once per year. For example, an assistance eligible individual who made monthly premium payments during the year would only be reported as one individual.

10. Total Deposits and Credits

Add lines 8 and 9a.

11. Balance Due

If line 7 is more than line 10, enter the difference on line 11. Otherwise, see Overpayment below.

You do not 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 line 11 is:

  • Less than $1, you do not have to pay it.

  • $1 or more, but less than $2,500, you can pay the amount owed with your return. Make your check or money order payable to the United States Treasury and write your EIN, Form 944-SS, and 2011 on the check or money order. Complete Form 944-V(SS), Payment Voucher, and enclose it with your return.

  • $2,500 or more, you must deposit your tax. See Must You Deposit Your Taxes, earlier.

You may pay the amount shown on line 11 using EFTPS or a credit or debit card. Do not use a credit or debit card to pay taxes that were required to be deposited. For more information, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/e-pay.

If you pay by EFTPS or credit or debit card, file your return using the "Form 944-SS without payment" address under Where Should You File. Do not file Form 944-V(SS).

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If you are required to make deposits and, instead, pay the taxes with Form 944-SS, you may be subject to a penalty.

12. Overpayment

If line 10 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 a year, you can choose to have us either refund the overpayment or apply it to your next return. Check the appropriate box on line 12. If you do not check either box, we will automatically refund the overpayment. 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.

Complete both pages.

You must complete both pages of Form 944-SS and sign on page 2. Failure to do so may delay processing of your return.



Part 2: Tell Us About Your Deposit Schedule and Tax Liability for This Year

13. Check One:

If line 7 is less than $2,500, check the first box on line 13 and go to line 15.

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 do not enter your tax liability for each month, the IRS will not know when you should have made deposits and may assess an "averaged" failure-to-deposit penalty. See section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS). If your tax liability for any month is negative (for example, if you are adjusting an overreported liability in a prior month), do not 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.

Note.

Your total tax liability for the year (line 13m) must equal your total taxes on line 7.

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, Annual Record of Federal Tax Liability, and file it with Form 944-SS. See the $100,000 Next Day Deposit Rule in section 8 of Pub. 80 (Circular SS). Do not complete lines 13a through 13m if you file Form 945-A.

Part 3: Tell Us About Your Business

In Part 3, answer question 15 only if it applies to your business. If it does not apply, leave it blank and go to Part 4.

15. If Your Business Has Closed

If you go out of business or stop paying wages, you must file a final return. To notify the IRS that a particular Form 944-SS is your final return, check the box on line 15 and enter the date you last paid wages in the space provided.

Part 4: May We Speak With Your Third-Party Designee?

If you want to allow an employee, a paid tax preparer, or another person to discuss your Form 944-SS 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 contact—not the name of the firm who prepared your tax return. The designee may choose any 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 will not send notices to your designee.

You are not 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, Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney.

The authorization will automatically expire 1 year after the due date (without regard to extensions) for filing your Form 944-SS. If you or your designee want to terminate the authorization, write to the IRS office for your locality using the "Form 944-SS without payment" address under Where Should You File.

Part 5: Sign Here

Complete all information in Part 5 and sign Form 944-SS as follows:

• Sole proprietorship—

The individual who owns the business.



• Corporation (including a limited liability company (LLC) treated as a corporation)—

The president, vice president, or other principal officer duly authorized to sign.



• Partnership (including an LLC treated as a partnership) or unincorporated organization—

A responsible and duly authorized partner, member, or officer having knowledge of its affairs.



• Single member LLC treated as a disregarded entity—

The owner of the LLC, or principal officer duly authorized to sign.



• Trust or estate—

The fiduciary.



If you have filed a valid power of attorney, your duly authorized agent may also sign your Form 944-SS.

Alternative signature method.

Corporate officers or duly authorized agents may sign Form 944-SS by rubber stamp, mechanical device, or computer software program. For details and required documentation, see Rev. Proc. 2005-39. You can find Rev. Proc. 2005-39 on page 82 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2005-28 at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb05-28.pdf.



Paid Preparer Use Only.

A paid preparer must sign Form 944-SS and provide the information in the Paid Preparer Use Only section of Part 5 if the preparer was paid to prepare Form 944-SS and is not 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 your firm. You can apply for a PTIN online or by filing Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application and Renewal. For more information about applying for a PTIN online, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/ptin. You cannot use your PTIN in place of the EIN of the tax preparation firm.

Generally, do not complete this section if you are filing the return as a reporting agent and have a valid Form 8655, Reporting Agent Authorization, 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.

How to Order Forms and Publications from the IRS

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Call 1-800-829-3676 (U.S. Virgin Islands only) or 267-941-1000 (toll call).

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Visit IRS.gov.

Other IRS Products You May Need

Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number
Form W-2AS, W-2GU, W-2CM, or W-2VI, Wage and Tax Statement
Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement
Form W-3SS, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements
Form W-3c, Transmittal of Corrected Wage and Tax Statements
Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return
Form 941-SS, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return
Form 941-X, Adjusted Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund
Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees
Form 943-X, Adjusted Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees or Claim for Refund
Form 944-X, Adjusted Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return and Claim for Refund
Form 945-A, Annual Record of Federal Tax Liability
Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer
Form 8027, Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips
Form 8655, Reporting Agent Authorization
Instructions for Form 941-SS, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return
Pub. 80 (Circular SS), Employer's Tax Guide for Employers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Pub. 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide
Pub. 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits
Pub. 51, (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide
Pub. 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide
Pub. 947, Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney
Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes