You Are Responsible for Filing your Payroll Tax Returns

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As a business owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your payroll employment tax returns are filed and employment tax payments are made, even if you have a bookkeeping service to processes your payroll for you.

The IRS recommends that you enroll in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to monitor your account and ensure that timely tax payments are being made for you. If you use an outside payroll processor, you would create an Additional Taxpayer Enrollment. After you receive your PIN and enrollment number in the mail, you can complete your enrollment and verify your tax payments under the Payments tab. The EFTPS is an easy way to verify that your payments are being made by your payroll processor.

Enroll in the EFTPS online at, or call (800) 555-4477 for an enrollment form. State tax authorities generally offer similar means to verify tax payments. Contact the appropriate state offices directly for details.

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