An IRS Form 941 is one of the federal payroll tax forms used to report:
Instructions on how to calculate payroll taxes.
Note: For Canadian payroll tax forms..see Church Treasurers of Canada
Submit a Form 941 Employers Quarterly report to the IRS according to the following schedule:
Note: there is an annual employer reporting form (Form 944); however, you cannot use that form unless the IRS has informed you to use it. All other filers must use the payroll tax Form 941.
See line by line instructions on completing a 941 form for a church on page 108 of the Church Accounting How To Guide.
Form 941 may be filed electronically or mailed. If you are using an accounting software package, see if there is an efile option.
Instructions for manually completing and mailing the 941:
Note: All withheld taxes must now be paid to the IRS electronically, using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS.gov).
Some smaller churches can still pay their payroll tax quarterly; however, most churches must pay their payroll taxes by the 15th day of each month. How often you must electronically pay your payroll taxes depends on whether your payroll tax liability is determined to be small, medium, or large by the IRS.
Your tax liability is considered small if, for the entire quarter, your tax liability is less than $2,500.
Your tax liability is considered large if for the previous two years, the average payroll tax liability is more than $50,000 per year.
If your tax liability is more than $2,500 per quarter and less than $50,000 per year, you fall into the medium category.
See section 11 of Pub 15 (Circular E) for information and rules about federal tax deposits.
Remember the IRS is very strict with their due dates and can charge your church or nonprofit organization some hefty penalties for late payments!
****Important: Most states have their own state payroll tax forms due in the same month as the form 941s. Check with your state for the appropriate forms and due dates.
your organization pay more than than $600 in rents, services, prizes
and awards and other income payments to any nonemployee during the year?
If so review this page:
Form 1099-MISC Information and Instructions
If you have paid employees, you must prepare W-2 and W-3 forms each year. Review this page for Form W-2 Information and Instructions.
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