How Do I Submit Payroll Taxes to the IRS?

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By Jean Murray. US Business Law / Taxes Expert

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Making Federal Payroll Tax Deposits

Beginning January 1, 2011, the IRS is requiring that all payroll tax deposits be made electronically, using the Employer Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) .

What are payroll taxes?

First, let's define what is meant by "payroll taxes." They are the taxes you must pay on your payroll:

  • Those federal income taxes you withheld from your employees' paychecks,
  • The Social Security/Medicare taxes you withheld from employees and the matching amount you set aside from that payroll, and


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