Hey, Super Small Business Owners! I hope all is going well as we finish up January 2018. This is just a reminder—and please note that I will NOT be reminding you of all your tax deadlines!
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 is the due date for Form 940: Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return, and another quarter of Form 941: Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return.
So, what does this mean for you… If you set up an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the IRS when you started your business, you are responsible for these forms, unless you are exempt or changed status (such as changed to a yearly filer of Form 941 shortly after creating your biz, terminated business, etc.). If when you filed for an EIN Number you stated that you would not have employees, you need to check your original Letter assigning you your Employer Identification Number: Form SS-4.
Please note, if you are required to file these forms but have nothing to report, you are still responsible for filing the forms.
If you are not sure, check your Letter, Form SS-4 for guidance about what you should file.
If you cannot find this letter or lost track of it, you will want to take the time to call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 and go to the queue for Employer Forms.
Finally, if when you originally applied for your Employer Identification Number you claimed that you would not have employees and now your business has grown, you need to file the form even if you only have one employee. If you are not sure, contact the IRS at the above number and let them know you now have an employee and they will guide you through what you need to do and what forms you are required to submit.
One last thing, the due date for both forms is January 31, 2018. If you have any questions and need to call the IRS, you will want to do so sooner rather than later. The telephone wait can be 30-45 minutes so plan to do some menial tasks or answer e-mail while you wait.
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