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H and r block free tax Publication 51 - Main Content Table of Contents 1. H and r block free tax Taxpayer Identification NumbersWhen you receive your EIN. H and r block free tax Registering for SSNVS. H and r block free tax 2. H and r block free tax Who Are Employees?Crew Leaders Business Owned and Operated by Spouses 3. H and r block free tax Wages and Other Compensation 4. H and r block free tax Social Security and Medicare TaxesThe $150 Test or the $2,500 Test Social Security and Medicare Tax Withholding 5. H and r block free tax Federal Income Tax WithholdingImplementation of lock-in letter. H and r block free tax Seasonal employees and employees not currently performing services. H and r block free tax Termination and re-hire of employees. H and r block free tax How To Figure Federal Income Tax Withholding 6. H and r block free tax Required Notice to Employees About Earned Income Credit (EIC) 7. H and r block free tax Depositing TaxesWhen To Deposit How To Deposit Deposit Penalties Employers of Both Farm and Nonfarm Workers 8. H and r block free tax Form 943 9. H and r block free tax Reporting Adjustments on Form 943Current Year Adjustments Prior Year Adjustments 10. H and r block free tax Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax 11. H and r block free tax Reconciling Wage Reporting Forms 13. H and r block free tax Federal Income Tax Withholding MethodsWage Bracket Method Percentage Method Alternative Methods of Federal Income Tax Withholding How To Get Tax Help 1. H and r block free tax Taxpayer Identification Numbers If you are required to withhold any federal income, social security, or Medicare taxes, you will need an employer identification number (EIN) for yourself. H and r block free tax Also, you will need the SSN of each employee and the name of each employee as shown on the employee's social security card. H and r block free tax Employer identification number (EIN). H and r block free tax   An employer identification number (EIN) is a nine-digit number that the IRS issues. H and r block free tax The digits are arranged as follows: 00-0000000. H and r block free tax It is used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. H and r block free tax Use your EIN on all of the items that you send to the IRS and SSA. H and r block free tax   If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. H and r block free tax Visit IRS. H and r block free tax gov and click on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. H and r block free tax You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933, or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS. H and r block free tax Do not use a SSN in place of an EIN. H and r block free tax   If you do not have an EIN by the time a return is due, write “Applied For” and the date you applied for it in the space shown for the number. H and r block free tax If you took over another employer's business, do not use that employer's EIN. H and r block free tax   You should have only one EIN. H and r block free tax If you have more than one, and are not sure which one to use, call the toll-free Business and Specialty Tax Line at 1-800-829-4933 or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability). H and r block free tax Provide the EINs that you have, the name and address to which each number was assigned, and the address of your principal place of business. H and r block free tax The IRS will tell you which EIN to use. H and r block free tax   For more information, see Publication 1635 or Publication 583. H and r block free tax When you receive your EIN. H and r block free tax   If you are a new employer that indicated a federal tax obligation when requesting an EIN, you will be pre-enrolled in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). H and r block free tax You will receive information in your Employer Identification Number (EIN) Package about Express Enrollment and an additional mailing containing your EFTPS personal identification number (PIN) and instructions for activating your PIN. H and r block free tax Call the toll-free number located in your “How to Activate Your Enrollment” brochure to activate your enrollment and begin making your employment tax deposits. H and r block free tax If you outsource any of your payroll and related tax duties to a third party payer, such as a payroll service provider or reporting agent, be sure to tell them about your EFTPS enrollment. H and r block free tax Social security number (SSN). H and r block free tax   An employee's social security number (SSN) consists of nine digits arranged as follows: 000-00-0000. H and r block free tax You must obtain each employee's name and SSN as shown on the employee's social security card because you must enter them on Form W-2. H and r block free tax Do not accept a social security card that says “Not valid for employment. H and r block free tax ” A social security number issued with this legend does not permit employment. H and r block free tax You may, but are not required to, photocopy the social security card if the employee provides it. H and r block free tax If you do not show the employee's correct name and SSN on Form W-2, you may owe a penalty unless you have reasonable cause. H and r block free tax See Publication 1586, Reasonable Cause Regulations & Requirements for Missing and Incorrect Name/TINs. H and r block free tax Applying for a social security card. H and r block free tax   Any employee who is legally eligible to work in the United States and does not have a social security card can get one by completing Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, and submitting the necessary documentation to SSA. H and r block free tax You can get Form SS-5 at SSA offices, by calling 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-325-0778 (TTY), or from the SSA website at www. H and r block free tax socialsecurity. H and r block free tax gov/online/ss-5. H and r block free tax html. H and r block free tax The employee must complete and sign Form SS-5; it cannot be filed by the employer. H and r block free tax You may be asked to supply a letter to accompany Form SS-5 if the employee has exceeded his or her yearly or lifetime limit for the number of replacement cards allowed. H and r block free tax Applying for a social security number. H and r block free tax   If you file Form W-2 on paper and your employee has applied for an SSN but does not have one when you must file Form W-2, enter “Applied For” on the form. H and r block free tax If you are filing electronically, enter all zeros (000-00-0000) in the social security number field. H and r block free tax When the employee receives the SSN, file Copy A of Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, with the SSA to show the employee's SSN. H and r block free tax Furnish Copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2c to the employee. H and r block free tax Up to 25 Forms W-2c per Form W-3c, Transmittal of Corrected Wage and Tax Statements, may be filed per session over the Internet, with no limit on the number of sessions. H and r block free tax For more information, visit SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information webpage at www. H and r block free tax socialsecurity. H and r block free tax gov/employer. H and r block free tax Advise your employee to correct the SSN on his or her original Form W-2. H and r block free tax Correctly record the employee's name and SSN. H and r block free tax   Record the name and number of each employee as they are shown on the employee's social security card. H and r block free tax If the employee's name is not correct as shown on the card (for example, because of marriage or divorce), the employee should request a corrected card from the SSA. H and r block free tax Continue to report the employee's wages under the old name until the employee shows you an updated social security card with the new name. H and r block free tax   If the SSA issues the employee a replacement card after a name change, or a new card with a different social security number after a change in alien work status, file a Form W-2c to correct the name/SSN reported on the most recently filed Form W-2. H and r block free tax It is not necessary to correct other years if the previous name and SSN were used for years before the most recent Form W-2. H and r block free tax IRS individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) for aliens. H and r block free tax   Do not accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. H and r block free tax An ITIN is issued for use by resident and nonresident aliens who need identification for tax purposes, but who are not eligible for U. H and r block free tax S. H and r block free tax employment. H and r block free tax The ITIN is a nine-digit number formatted like an SSN (for example, NNN-NN-NNNN). H and r block free tax However, it begins with the number “9” and has either a “7” or “8” as the fourth digit (for example, 9NN-7N-NNNN or 9NN-8N-NNNN). H and r block free tax    An individual with an ITIN who later becomes eligible to work in the United States must obtain an SSN. H and r block free tax If the individual is currently eligible to work in the United States, instruct the individual to apply for an SSN and follow the instructions under Applying for a social security number, earlier in this section. H and r block free tax Do not use an ITIN in place of an SSN on Form W-2. H and r block free tax Verification of social security numbers. H and r block free tax   Employers and authorized reporting agents can use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) to instantly verify up to 10 employee names and SSNs (per screen) at a time, or submit an electronic file of up to 250,000 names and SSNs and usually receive results the next business day. H and r block free tax Visit www. H and r block free tax socialsecurity. H and r block free tax gov/employer/ssnv. H and r block free tax htm for more information. H and r block free tax Registering for SSNVS. H and r block free tax   You must register online and receive authorization from your employer to use SSNVS. H and r block free tax To register, visit SSA's website at www. H and r block free tax socialsecurity. H and r block free tax gov/employer and click on the Business Services Online link. H and r block free tax Follow the registration instructions to obtain a user identification (ID) and password. H and r block free tax You will need to provide the following information about yourself and your company. H and r block free tax Name. H and r block free tax SSN. H and r block free tax Date of birth. H and r block free tax Type of employer. H and r block free tax EIN. H and r block free tax Company name, address, and telephone number. H and r block free tax Email address. H and r block free tax When you have completed the online registration process, SSA will mail a one-time activation code to your employer. H and r block free tax You must enter the activation code online to use SSNVS. H and r block free tax 2. H and r block free tax Who Are Employees? Generally, employees are defined either under common law or under statutes for certain situations. H and r block free tax See Publication 15-A for details on statutory employees and nonemployees. H and r block free tax Employee status under common law. H and r block free tax   Generally, a worker who performs services for you is your employee if you have the right to control what will be done and how it will be done. H and r block free tax This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. H and r block free tax What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. H and r block free tax See Publication 15-A for more information on how to determine whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or an employee. H and r block free tax If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter what it is called. H and r block free tax The employee may be called an agent or independent contractor. H and r block free tax It also does not matter how payments are measured or paid, what they are called, or if the employee works full or part time. H and r block free tax You are responsible for withholding and paying employment taxes for your employees. H and r block free tax You are also required to file employment tax returns. H and r block free tax These requirements do not apply to amounts that you pay to independent contractors. H and r block free tax The rules discussed in this publication apply only to workers who are your employees. H and r block free tax In general, you are an employer of farmworkers if your employees: Raise or harvest agricultural or horticultural products on your farm (including the raising and feeding of livestock); Work in connection with the operation, management, conservation, improvement, or maintenance of your farm and its tools and equipment; Provide services relating to salvaging timber, or clearing land of brush and other debris, left by a hurricane (also known as hurricane labor); Handle, process, or package any agricultural or horticultural commodity if you produced over half of the commodity (for a group of up to 20 unincorporated operators, all of the commodity); or Do work for you related to cotton ginning, turpentine, gum resin products, or the operation and maintenance of irrigation facilities. H and r block free tax For this purpose, the term “farm” includes stock, dairy, poultry, fruit, fur-bearing animal, and truck farms, as well as plantations, ranches, nurseries, ranges, greenhouses or other similar structures used primarily for the raising of agricultural or horticultural commodities, and orchards. H and r block free tax Farmwork does not include reselling activities that do not involve any substantial activity of raising agricultural or horticultural commodities, such as a retail store or a greenhouse used primarily for display or storage. H and r block free tax The table in section 12, How Do Employment Taxes Apply to Farmwork , distinguishes between farm and nonfarm activities, and also addresses rules that apply in special situations. H and r block free tax Crew Leaders If you are a crew leader, you are an employer of farmworkers. H and r block free tax A crew leader is a person who furnishes and pays (either on his or her own behalf or on behalf of the farm operator) workers to do farmwork for the farm operator. H and r block free tax If there is no written agreement between you and the farm operator stating that you are his or her employee and if you pay the workers (either for yourself or for the farm operator), then you are a crew leader. H and r block free tax For FUTA tax rules, see section 10. H and r block free tax Business Owned and Operated by Spouses If you and your spouse jointly own and operate a farm or nonfarm business and share in the profits and losses, you are partners in a partnership, whether or not you have a formal partnership agreement. H and r block free tax See Publication 541, Partnerships, for more details. H and r block free tax The partnership is considered the employer of any employees, and is liable for any employment taxes due on wages paid to its employees. H and r block free tax Exception—Qualified joint venture. H and r block free tax   For tax years beginning after December 31, 2006, the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-28) provides that a “qualified joint venture,” whose only members are spouses filing a joint income tax return, can elect not to be treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes. H and r block free tax A qualified joint venture conducts a trade or business where: The only members of the joint venture are spouses who file a joint income tax return, Both spouses materially participate (see Material participation in the Instructions for Schedule C (Form 1040), line G) in the trade or business (mere joint ownership of property is not enough), Both spouses elect to not be treated as a partnership, and The business is co-owned by both spouses and is not held in the name of a state law entity such as a partnership or limited liability company (LLC). H and r block free tax   To make the election, all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit must be divided between the spouses, in accordance with each spouse's interest in the venture, and reported on separate Schedules C or F as sole proprietors. H and r block free tax Each spouse must also file a separate Schedule SE to pay self-employment taxes, as applicable. H and r block free tax   Spouses using the qualified joint venture rules are treated as sole proprietors for federal tax purposes and generally do not need an EIN. H and r block free tax If employment taxes are owed by the qualified joint venture, either spouse may report and pay the employment taxes due on the wages paid to the employees using the EIN of that spouse's sole proprietorship. H and r block free tax Generally, filing as a qualified joint venture will not increase the spouses' total tax owed on the joint income tax return. H and r block free tax However, it gives each spouse credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage without filing a partnership return. H and r block free tax    Note. H and r block free tax If your spouse is your employee, not your partner, you must pay social security and Medicare taxes for him or her. H and r block free tax   For more information on qualified joint ventures, visit IRS. H and r block free tax gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. H and r block free tax Exception—Community income. H and r block free tax   If you and your spouse wholly own an unincorporated business as community property under the community property laws of a state, foreign country, or U. H and r block free tax S. H and r block free tax possession, you can treat the business either as a sole proprietorship (of the spouse who carried on the business) or a partnership. H and r block free tax You may still make an election to be taxed as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. H and r block free tax See Exception—Qualified joint venture , earlier in this section. H and r block free tax 3. H and r block free tax Wages and Other Compensation Cash wages that you pay to employees for farmwork are generally subject to social security tax and Medicare tax. H and r block free tax You may also be required to withhold, deposit, and report Additional Medicare Tax. H and r block free tax See section 4 for more information. H and r block free tax If the wages are subject to social security and Medicare taxes, they are also subject to federal income tax withholding. H and r block free tax You may also be liable for FUTA tax, which is not withheld by you or paid by the employee. H and r block free tax FUTA tax is discussed in section 10. H and r block free tax Cash wages include checks, money orders, etc. H and r block free tax Do not count as cash wages the value of food, lodging, and other noncash items. H and r block free tax For more information on what payments are considered taxable wages, see Publication 15 (Circular E). H and r block free tax Commodity wages. H and r block free tax   Commodity wages are not cash and are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes or federal income tax withholding. H and r block free tax However, noncash payments, including commodity wages, are treated as cash wages (see above) if the substance of the transaction is a cash payment. H and r block free tax These noncash payments are subject to social security and Medicare taxes and federal income tax withholding. H and r block free tax Other compensation. H and r block free tax   Publications 15-A and 15-B discuss other forms of compensation that may be taxable. H and r block free tax Family members. H and r block free tax   Generally, the wages that you pay to family members who are your employees are subject to social security and Medicare taxes, federal income tax withholding, and FUTA tax. H and r block free tax However, certain exemptions may apply for your child, spouse, or parent. H and r block free tax See the table, How Do Employment Taxes Apply to Farmwork , in section 12. H and r block free tax Household employees. H and r block free tax   The wages of an employee who performs household services, such as a maid, babysitter, gardener, or cook, in your home are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes if you pay that employee cash wages of less than $1,900 in 2014. H and r block free tax   Social security and Medicare taxes do not apply to cash wages for housework in your private home if it was done by your spouse or your child under age 21. H and r block free tax Nor do the taxes apply to housework done by your parent unless: You have a child living in your home who is under age 18 or has a physical or mental condition that requires care by an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter, and You are a widow or widower, or divorced and not remarried, or have a spouse in the home who, because of a physical or mental condition, cannot care for your child for at least 4 continuous weeks in the quarter. H and r block free tax   For more information, see Publication 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide. H and r block free tax    Wages for household work may not be a deductible farm expense. H and r block free tax See Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. H and r block free tax Share farmers. H and r block free tax   You do not have to withhold or pay social security and Medicare taxes on amounts paid to share farmers under share-farming arrangements. H and r block free tax Compensation paid to H-2A visa holders. H and r block free tax   Report compensation of $600 or more paid to foreign agricultural workers who entered the country on H-2A visas in box 1 of Form W-2 but do not report it as social security wages (box 3) or Medicare wages (box 5) on Form W-2 because compensation paid to H-2A workers for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa is not subject to social security and Medicare taxes. H and r block free tax On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. H and r block free tax   An employer is not required to withhold federal income tax from compensation it pays an H-2A worker for agricultural labor performed in connection with this visa unless the worker asks for withholding and the employer agrees. H and r block free tax In that case, the worker must give the employer a completed Form W-4. H and r block free tax Federal income tax withheld should be reported in box 2 of Form W-2. H and r block free tax These reporting rules apply when the H-2A worker provides his or her taxpayer identification number (TIN) to the employer. H and r block free tax For rules relating to backup withholding and reporting when the H-2A worker does not provide a TIN, see the Instructions for Form 1099-MISC and the Instructions for Form 945. H and r block free tax 4. H and r block free tax Social Security and Medicare Taxes Generally, you must withhold social security and Medicare taxes on all cash wage payments that you make to your employees. H and r block free tax You may also be required to withhold Additional Medicare Tax. H and r block free tax For more information, see Additional Medicare Tax withholding , later. H and r block free tax The $150 Test or the $2,500 Test All cash wages that you pay to an employee during the year for farmwork are subject to social security and Medicare taxes and federal income tax withholding if either of the two tests below is met. H and r block free tax You pay cash wages to an employee of $150 or more in a year for farmwork (count all cash wages paid on a time, piecework, or other basis). H and r block free tax The $150 test applies separately to each farmworker that you employ. H and r block free tax If you employ a family of workers, each member is treated separately. H and r block free tax Do not count wages paid by other employers. H and r block free tax The total that you pay for farmwork (cash and noncash) to all your employees is $2,500 or more during the year. H and r block free tax Exceptions. H and r block free tax   The $150 and $2,500 tests do not apply to wages that you pay to a farmworker who receives less than $150 in annual cash wages and the wages are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes, or federal income tax withholding, even if you pay $2,500 or more in that year to all of your farmworkers if the farmworker: Is employed in agriculture as a hand-harvest laborer, Is paid piece rates in an operation that is usually paid on a piece-rate basis in the region of employment, Commutes daily from his or her permanent home to the farm, and Had been employed in agriculture less than 13 weeks in the preceding calendar year. H and r block free tax   Amounts that you pay to these seasonal farmworkers, however, count toward the $2,500-or-more test to determine whether wages that you pay to other farmworkers are subject to social security and Medicare taxes. H and r block free tax Social Security and Medicare Tax Withholding The social security tax rate is 6. H and r block free tax 2%, for both the employee and employer, on the first $117,000 paid to each employee. H and r block free tax You must withhold at this rate from each employee and pay a matching amount. H and r block free tax The Medicare tax rate is 1. H and r block free tax 45% each for the employee and employer on all wages. H and r block free tax You must withhold at this rate from each employee and pay a matching amount. H and r block free tax There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax; all covered wages are subject to Medicare tax. H and r block free tax Social security and Medicare taxes apply to most payments of sick pay, including payments made by third parties such as insurance companies. H and r block free tax For details, see Publication 15-A. H and r block free tax Additional Medicare Tax withholding. H and r block free tax   In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. H and r block free tax 45%, you must withhold a 0. H and r block free tax 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. H and r block free tax You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. H and r block free tax Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. H and r block free tax There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. H and r block free tax All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. H and r block free tax   For more information on what wages are subject to Medicare tax, see the chart, Special Rules for Various Types of Services and Payments, in section 15 of Publication 15 (Circular E). H and r block free tax For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. H and r block free tax gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. H and r block free tax Employee share paid by employer. H and r block free tax   If you would rather pay a household or agricultural employee's share of the social security and Medicare taxes without withholding them from his or her wages, you may do so. H and r block free tax If you do not withhold the taxes, however, you must still pay them. H and r block free tax Any employee social security and Medicare taxes that you pay is additional income to the employee. H and r block free tax Include it in box 1 of the employee's Form W-2, but do not count it as social security and Medicare wages and do not include it in boxes 3 and 5. H and r block free tax Also, do not count the additional income as wages for FUTA tax purposes. H and r block free tax Different rules apply to employer payments of social security and Medicare taxes for non-household and non-agricultural employees. H and r block free tax See section 7 of Publication 15-A. H and r block free tax Withholding social security and Medicare taxes on nonresident alien employees. H and r block free tax   In general, if you pay wages to nonresident alien employees, you must withhold social security and Medicare taxes as you would for a U. H and r block free tax S. H and r block free tax citizen or resident alien. H and r block free tax However, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for exceptions to this general rule. H and r block free tax Also see Compensation paid to H-2A visa holders in section 3. H and r block free tax Religious exemption. H and r block free tax    An exemption from social security and Medicare taxes is available to members of a recognized religious sect opposed to public insurance. H and r block free tax This exemption is available only if both the employee and the employer are members of the sect. H and r block free tax   For more information, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. H and r block free tax 5. H and r block free tax Federal Income Tax Withholding Farmers and crew leaders must withhold federal income tax from the wages of farmworkers if the wages are subject to social security and Medicare taxes. H and r block free tax The amount to withhold is figured on gross wages before taking out social security and Medicare taxes, union dues, insurance, etc. H and r block free tax You may use one of several methods to determine the amount of federal income tax withholding. H and r block free tax They are discussed in section 13. H and r block free tax Form W-4. H and r block free tax   To know how much federal income tax to withhold from employees' wages, you should have a Form W-4 on file for each employee. H and r block free tax Encourage your employees to file an updated Form W-4 for 2014, especially if they owed taxes or received a large refund when filing their 2013 tax return. H and r block free tax Advise your employees to use the IRS Withholding Calculator on the IRS website at www. H and r block free tax irs. H and r block free tax gov/individuals for help in determining how many withholding allowances to claim on their Form W-4. H and r block free tax   Ask each new employee to give you a signed Form W-4 when starting work. H and r block free tax Make the form effective with the first wage payment. H and r block free tax If a new employee does not give you a completed Form W-4, withhold tax as if he or she is single, with no withholding allowances. H and r block free tax Forms in Spanish. H and r block free tax   You can provide Formulario W-4(SP) in place of Form W-4 to your Spanish-speaking employees. H and r block free tax For more information, see Publicación 17(SP). H and r block free tax Effective date of Form W-4. H and r block free tax   A Form W-4 remains in effect until the employee gives you a new one. H and r block free tax When you receive a new Form W-4, do not adjust withholding for pay periods before the effective date of the new form. H and r block free tax Do not adjust withholding retroactively. H and r block free tax If an employee gives you a replacement Form W-4, begin withholding no later than the start of the first payroll period ending on or after the 30th day from the date when you received the replacement Form W-4. H and r block free tax For exceptions, see Exemption from federal income tax withholding , IRS review of requested Forms W-4 , and Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. H and r block free tax A Form W-4 that makes a change for the next calendar year will not take effect in the current calendar year. H and r block free tax Completing Form W-4. H and r block free tax   The amount of federal income tax withholding is based on marital status and withholding allowances. H and r block free tax Your employees may not base their withholding amounts on a fixed dollar amount or percentage. H and r block free tax However, the employee may specify a dollar amount to be withheld in addition to the amount of withholding based on filing status and withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4. H and r block free tax   Employees may claim fewer withholding allowances than they are entitled to claim. H and r block free tax They may do this to ensure that they have enough withholding or to offset other sources of taxable income that are not subject to withholding. H and r block free tax   See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information about completing Form W-4. H and r block free tax Along with Form W-4, you may wish to order Publication 505 for use by your employees. H and r block free tax    Do not accept any withholding or estimated tax payments from your employees in addition to withholding based on their Form W-4. H and r block free tax If an employee wants additional withholding, he or she should submit a new Form W-4 and, if necessary, pay estimated tax by filing Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, or by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to make estimated tax payments. H and r block free tax Exemption from federal income tax withholding. H and r block free tax   Generally, an employee may claim exemption from federal income tax withholding because he or she had no federal income tax liability last year and expects none this year. H and r block free tax See the Form W-4 instructions for more information. H and r block free tax However, the wages are still subject to social security and Medicare taxes. H and r block free tax   A Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding is effective when it is filed with the employer and only for that calendar year. H and r block free tax To continue to be exempt from withholding in the next calendar year, an employee must give you a new Form W-4 by February 15. H and r block free tax If the employee does not give you a new Form W-4 by February 15, withhold tax based on the last valid Form W-4 you have for the employee that did not claim an exemption from withholding or, if one does not exist, withhold as if he or she is single with zero withholding allowances. H and r block free tax If the employee provides a new Form W-4 claiming an exemption from withholding on February 16 or later, you may apply the exemption to future wages, but do not refund taxes withheld while the exempt status was not in place. H and r block free tax Withholding income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. H and r block free tax   In general, you must withhold federal income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. H and r block free tax However, see Publication 515 for exceptions to this general rule. H and r block free tax Also see Compensation paid to H-2A visa workers in section 3. H and r block free tax Withholding adjustment for nonresident alien employees. H and r block free tax   A special procedure applies for figuring the amount of income tax to withhold from wages of nonresident alien employees performing services within the United States for wages paid in 2014. H and r block free tax This procedure requires a special chart to be used with the withholding tables to determine the amount to withhold from the wages of the nonresident alien employee. H and r block free tax See Withholding adjustment for nonresident alien employees in section 9 of Publication 15 (Circular E). H and r block free tax Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4. H and r block free tax   When completing Forms W-4, nonresident aliens are required to: Not claim exemption from income tax withholding; Request withholding as if they are single, regardless of their actual marital status; Claim only one allowance (if the nonresident alien is a resident of Canada, Mexico, or Korea, he or she may claim more than one allowance); and Write “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6 of Form W-4. H and r block free tax   If you maintain an electronic Form W-4 system, you should provide a field for nonresident alien employees to enter nonresident alien status in lieu of writing “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6. H and r block free tax    A nonresident alien employee may request additional withholding at his or her option for other purposes, although such additions should not be necessary for withholding to cover federal income tax liability related to employment. H and r block free tax Form 8233. H and r block free tax   If a nonresident alien employee claims a tax treaty exemption from withholding, the employee must submit Form 8233, Exemption from Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual, with respect to the income exempt under the treaty, instead of Form W-4. H and r block free tax See Publication 515 for details. H and r block free tax IRS review of requested Forms W-4. H and r block free tax   When requested by the IRS, you must make original Forms W-4 available for inspection by an IRS employee. H and r block free tax You may also be directed to send certain Forms W-4 to the IRS. H and r block free tax You may receive a notice from the IRS requiring you to submit a copy of Form W-4 for one or more of your named employees. H and r block free tax Send the requested copy or copies of Form W-4 to the IRS at the address provided and in the manner directed by the notice. H and r block free tax The IRS may also require you to submit copies of Form W-4 to the IRS as directed by a revenue procedure or notice published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. H and r block free tax When we refer to Form W-4, the same rules apply to Formulario W-4(SP), its Spanish translation. H and r block free tax   After submitting a copy of the requested Form W-4 to the IRS, continue to withhold federal income tax based on that Form W-4 if it is valid (see Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section). H and r block free tax However, if the IRS later notifies you in writing that the employee is not entitled to claim a complete exemption from withholding or more than the maximum number of withholding allowances specified by the IRS in the written notice, withhold federal income tax based on the effective date, marital status, and maximum number of withholding allowances specified in the notice (commonly referred to as a “lock-in letter”). H and r block free tax Initial lock-in letter. H and r block free tax   The IRS uses information reported on Form W-2 to identify employees with withholding compliance problems. H and r block free tax In some cases, where a serious under-withholding problem is found to exist for a particular employee, the IRS may issue a lock-in letter to the employer specifying the maximum number of withholding allowances and marital status permitted for a specific employee. H and r block free tax You will also receive a copy for the employee that identifies the maximum number of withholding allowances permitted and the process by which the employee can provide additional information to the IRS for purposes of determining the appropriate number of withholding allowances. H and r block free tax If the employee is employed by you as of the date of the notice, you must furnish the employee copy to the employee within 10 business days of receipt. H and r block free tax You may follow any reasonable business practice to furnish the employee copy to the employee. H and r block free tax Implementation of lock-in letter. H and r block free tax   When you receive the notice specifying the maximum number of withholding allowances and marital status permitted, you may not withhold immediately on the basis of the notice. H and r block free tax You must begin withholding tax on the basis of the notice for any wages paid after the date specified in the notice. H and r block free tax The delay between your receipt of the notice and the date to begin the withholding on the basis of the notice permits the employee to contact the IRS. H and r block free tax Seasonal employees and employees not currently performing services. H and r block free tax   If you receive a notice for an employee who is not currently performing services for you, you are still required to furnish the employee copy to the employee and withhold based on the notice if any of the following apply. H and r block free tax You are paying wages for the employee's prior services and the wages are subject to income tax withholding on or after the date specified in the notice. H and r block free tax You reasonably expect the employee to resume services within 12 months of the date of the notice. H and r block free tax The employee is on a bona fide leave of absence that does not exceed 12 months or the employee has a right to reemployment after the leave of absence. H and r block free tax Termination and re-hire of employees. H and r block free tax   If you are required to furnish and withhold based on the notice and the employment relationship is terminated after the date of the notice, you must continue to withhold based on the notice if you continue to pay any wages subject to income tax withholding. H and r block free tax You must also withhold based on the notice or modification notice (explained next) if the employee resumes the employment relationship with you within 12 months after the termination of the employment relationship. H and r block free tax Modification notice. H and r block free tax   After issuing the notice specifying the maximum number of withholding allowances and marital status permitted, the IRS may issue a subsequent notice (modification notice) that modifies the original notice. H and r block free tax The modification notice may change the marital status and/or the number of withholding allowances permitted. H and r block free tax You must withhold federal income tax based on the effective date specified in the modification notice. H and r block free tax New Form W-4 after IRS notice. H and r block free tax   After the IRS issues a notice or modification notice, if the employee provides you with a new Form W-4 claiming complete exemption from withholding or claims a marital status, a number of withholding allowances, and any additional withholding that results in less withholding than would result under the IRS notice or modification notice, you must disregard the new Form W-4. H and r block free tax You are required to withhold on the basis of the notice or modification notice unless the IRS subsequently notifies you to withhold based on the new Form W-4. H and r block free tax If the employee wants to put a new Form W-4 into effect that results in less withholding than required, the employee must contact the IRS. H and r block free tax   If, after you receive an IRS notice or modification notice, your employee provides you with a new Form W-4 that does not claim exemption from federal income tax withholding and claims a marital status, a number of withholding allowances, and any additional withholding that results in more withholding than would result under the notice or modification notice, you must withhold tax on the basis of that new Form W-4. H and r block free tax Otherwise, disregard any subsequent Forms W-4 provided by the employee and withhold based on the IRS notice or modification notice. H and r block free tax Substitute Forms W-4. H and r block free tax   You are encouraged to have your employees use the official version of Form W-4 to claim withholding allowances or exemption from withholding. H and r block free tax Call the IRS at 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) or visit IRS. H and r block free tax gov to obtain copies of Form W-4. H and r block free tax   You may use a substitute version of Form W-4 to meet your business needs. H and r block free tax However, your substitute Form W-4 must contain language that is identical to the official Form W-4 and your form must meet all current IRS rules for substitute forms. H and r block free tax At the time that you provide your substitute form to the employee, you must provide him or her with all tables, instructions, and worksheets from the current Form W-4. H and r block free tax   You cannot accept a substitute Form W-4 developed by an employee, and the employee submitting such form will be treated as failing to furnish a Form W-4. H and r block free tax However, continue to use any valid Forms W-4 developed by your employees that you accepted before October 11, 2007. H and r block free tax Invalid Forms W-4. H and r block free tax   Any unauthorized change or addition to Form W-4 makes it invalid. H and r block free tax This includes taking out any language by which the employee certifies that the form is correct. H and r block free tax A Form W-4 is also invalid if, by the date an employee gives it to you, he or she indicates in any way that it is false. H and r block free tax An employee who submits a false Form W-4 may be subject to a $500 penalty. H and r block free tax You may treat a Form W-4 as invalid if the employee wrote “exempt” on line 7 and also entered a number on line 5 or an amount on line 6. H and r block free tax   When you get an invalid Form W-4, do not use it to figure federal income tax withholding. H and r block free tax Tell the employee that it is invalid and ask for another one. H and r block free tax If the employee does not give you a valid one, withhold taxes as if the employee was single and claiming no withholding allowances. H and r block free tax However, if you have an earlier Form W-4 for this worker that is valid, withhold as you did before. H and r block free tax   For additional information about these rules, see Treasury Decision 9337, 2007-35 I. H and r block free tax R. H and r block free tax B. H and r block free tax 455, available at www. H and r block free tax irs. H and r block free tax gov/irb/2007-35_IRB/ar10. H and r block free tax html. H and r block free tax Amounts exempt from levy on wages, salary, and other income. H and r block free tax   If you receive a Notice of Levy on Wages, Salary, and Other Income—Forms 668-W(ACS), 668-W(c)(DO), or 668-W(ICS), you must withhold amounts as described in the instructions for these forms. H and r block free tax Publication 1494, Tables for Figuring Amount Exempt From Levy on Wages, Salary, and Other Income—Forms 668-W(ACS), 668-W(c)(DO), and 668-W(ICS), shows the exempt amount. H and r block free tax If a levy issued in a prior year is still in effect and the taxpayer submits a new Statement of Exemptions and Filing Status, use the current year Publication 1494 to compute the exempt amount. H and r block free tax How To Figure Federal Income Tax Withholding There are several ways to figure federal income tax withholding. H and r block free tax Wage bracket tables. H and r block free tax See section 13 for directions on how to use the tables. H and r block free tax Percentage method. H and r block free tax See section 13 for directions on how to use the percentage method. H and r block free tax Alternative formula tables for percentage method withholding. H and r block free tax See Publication 15-A. H and r block free tax Wage bracket percentage method withholding tables. H and r block free tax See Publication 15-A. H and r block free tax Other alternative methods. H and r block free tax See Publication 15-A. H and r block free tax Employers with automated payroll systems will find the two alternative formula tables and the two alternative wage bracket percentage method tables in Publication 15-A useful. H and r block free tax If an employee wants additional federal tax withheld, have the employee show the extra amount on Form W-4. H and r block free tax Supplemental wages. H and r block free tax   Supplemental wages are wage payments to an employee that are not regular wages. H and r block free tax They include, but are not limited to, bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, accumulated sick leave, severance pay, awards, prizes, back pay and retroactive pay increases for current employees, and payments for nondeductible moving expenses. H and r block free tax Other payments subject to the supplemental wage rules include taxable fringe benefits and expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. H and r block free tax   If you pay supplemental wages with regular wages but do not specify the amount of each, withhold federal income tax as if the total was a single payment for a regular payroll period. H and r block free tax   If you pay supplemental wages separately (or combine them in a single payment and specify the amount of each), the federal income tax withholding method depends partly on whether you withhold federal income tax from your employee's regular wages. H and r block free tax If you withheld federal income tax from an employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, you can use one of the following methods for the supplemental wages. H and r block free tax Withhold a flat 25% (no other percentage allowed). H and r block free tax If the supplemental wages are paid concurrently with regular wages, add the supplemental wages to the concurrently paid regular wages. H and r block free tax If there are no concurrently paid regular wages, add the supplemental wages to alternatively, either the regular wages paid or to be paid for the current payroll period or the regular wages paid for the preceding payroll period. H and r block free tax Figure the income tax withholding as if the total of the regular wages and supplemental wages is a single payment. H and r block free tax Subtract the tax withheld from the regular wages. H and r block free tax Withhold the remaining tax from the supplemental wages. H and r block free tax If there were other payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period made before the current payment of supplemental wages, aggregate all the payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period with the regular wages paid during the payroll period, calculate the tax on the total, subtract the tax already withheld from the regular wages and previous supplemental wage payments, and withhold the remaining tax from the current payment of supplemental wages. H and r block free tax If you did not withhold federal income tax from the employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, use method 1-b above. H and r block free tax This would occur, for example, when the value of the employee's withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4 is more than the wages. H and r block free tax    Separate rules apply to any supplemental wages exceeding $1 million that you pay to an individual during the year. H and r block free tax See section 7 in Publication 15 (Circular E) for details. H and r block free tax   Regardless of the method that you use to withhold federal income tax on supplemental wages, they are generally subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. H and r block free tax 6. H and r block free tax Required Notice to Employees About Earned Income Credit (EIC) You must notify employees who have no federal income tax withheld that they may be able to claim a tax refund because of the EIC. H and r block free tax Although you do not have to notify employees who claim exemption from withholding on Form W-4 about the EIC, you are encouraged to notify any employees whose wages for 2013 were less than $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly) that they may be eligible to claim the credit for 2013. H and r block free tax This is because eligible employees may get a refund of the amount of EIC that is more than the tax that they owe. H and r block free tax You will meet the notification requirement if you issue to the employee Form W-2 with the EIC notice on the back of Copy B, or a substitute Form W-2 with the same statement. H and r block free tax You may also meet the requirement by providing Notice 797, Possible Federal Tax Refund Due to the Earned Income Credit (EIC), or your own statement that contains the same wording. H and r block free tax If a substitute Form W-2 is given to the employee on time but does not have the required statement, you must notify the employee within 1 week of the date that the substitute Form W-2 is given. H and r block free tax If Form W-2 is required but is not given on time, you must give the employee Notice 797 or your written statement by the date that Form W-2 is required to be given. H and r block free tax If Form W-2 is not required, you must notify the employee by February 7, 2014. H and r block free tax 7. H and r block free tax Depositing Taxes Generally, you must deposit both the employer and employee shares of social security and Medicare taxes and federal income tax withheld. H and r block free tax You must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits. H and r block free tax See How To Deposit , later in this section. H and r block free tax The credit against employment taxes for COBRA premium assistance payments is treated as a deposit of taxes on the first day of your return period. H and r block free tax For more information, see COBRA premium assistance credit under Introduction. H and r block free tax Payment with return. H and r block free tax   You may make payments with Forms 943 or 945 instead of depositing if one of the following applies. H and r block free tax You report less than a $2,500 tax liability for the year (Form 943, line 11; Form 945, line 3) and you pay in full with a return that is filed on time. H and r block free tax However, if you are unsure that you will report less than $2,500, deposit under the rules explained in this section so that you will not be subject to failure-to-deposit penalties. H and r block free tax You are a monthly schedule depositor and make a payment in accordance with the Accuracy of Deposits Rule discussed later in this section. H and r block free tax This payment may be $2,500 or more. H and r block free tax Only monthly schedule depositors, defined later, are allowed to make an Accuracy of Deposits Rule payment with the return. H and r block free tax Semiweekly schedule depositors must timely deposit the amount. H and r block free tax See Accuracy of Deposits Rule and How To Deposit, later in this section. H and r block free tax When To Deposit If you employ both farm and nonfarm workers, do not combine the taxes reportable on Forms 941 or 944 with Form 943 to decide whether to make a deposit. H and r block free tax See Employers of Both Farm and Nonfarm Workers, later in this section. H and r block free tax The rules for determining when to deposit Form 943 taxes are discussed below. H and r block free tax See section 10 for the separate rules that apply to FUTA tax. H and r block free tax Under these rules, you are classified as either a monthly schedule depositor or a semiweekly schedule depositor. H and r block free tax The terms “monthly schedule depositor” and “semiweekly schedule depositor” do not refer to how often your business pays its employees or how often you are required to make deposits. H and r block free tax The terms identify which set of rules you must follow when you incur a tax liability (for example, when you have a payday). H and r block free tax The deposit schedule that you must use for a calendar year is determined from the tax liability reported on your Form 943, line 9, for the lookback period, discussed next. H and r block free tax If you reported $50,000 or less of Form 943 taxes for the lookback period, you are a monthly schedule depositor. H and r block free tax If you reported more than $50,000 of Form 943 taxes for the lookback period, you are a semiweekly schedule depositor. H and r block free tax Lookback period. H and r block free tax   The lookback period is the second calendar year preceding the current calendar year. H and r block free tax For example, the lookback period for 2014 is 2012. H and r block free tax Example of deposit schedule based on lookback period. H and r block free tax Rose Co. H and r block free tax reported taxes on Form 943 as follows. H and r block free tax 2012 — $48,000 2013 — $60,000 Rose Co. H and r block free tax is a monthly schedule depositor for 2014 because its taxes for the lookback period ($48,000 for calendar year 2012) were not more than $50,000. H and r block free tax However, for 2015, Rose Co. H and r block free tax is a semiweekly schedule depositor because the total taxes before adjustment for its lookback period ($60,000 for calendar year 2013) exceeded $50,000. H and r block free tax Adjustments to lookback period taxes. H and r block free tax   To determine your taxes for the lookback period, use only the tax that you reported on the original return (Form 943, line 9). H and r block free tax Do not include adjustments shown on Form 943-X, Adjusted Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees or Claim for Refund. H and r block free tax Example of adjustments. H and r block free tax An employer originally reported total tax of $45,000 for the lookback period in 2012. H and r block free tax The employer discovered during March 2014 that the tax reported for the lookback period was understated by $10,000 and corrected this error by filing Form 943-X. H and r block free tax The total tax reported in the lookback period is still $45,000. H and r block free tax The $10,000 adjustment is also not treated as part of the 2014 taxes. H and r block free tax Deposit period. H and r block free tax   The term “deposit period” refers to the period during which tax liabilities are accumulated for each required deposit due date. H and r block free tax For monthly schedule depositors, the deposit period is a calendar month. H and r block free tax The deposit periods for semiweekly schedule depositors are Wednesday through Friday and Saturday through Tuesday. H and r block free tax Monthly Deposit Schedule If the tax liability reported on Form 943, line 9, for the lookback period is $50,000 or less, you are a monthly schedule depositor for the current year. H and r block free tax You must deposit Form 943 taxes on payments made during a calendar month by the 15th day of the following month. H and r block free tax Monthly schedule example. H and r block free tax   Red Co. H and r block free tax is a seasonal employer and a monthly schedule depositor. H and r block free tax It pays wages each Friday. H and r block free tax It paid wages during August 2014, but did not pay any wages during September. H and r block free tax Red Co. H and r block free tax must deposit the combined tax liabilities for the August paydays by September 15. H and r block free tax Red Co. H and r block free tax does not have a deposit requirement for September (that is, due by October 15, 2014) because no wages were paid in September; therefore, it did not have a tax liability for September. H and r block free tax New employers. H and r block free tax   For agricultural employers, your tax liability for any year in the lookback period before the date you started or acquired your business is considered to be zero. H and r block free tax Therefore, you are a monthly schedule depositor for the first and second calendar years of your agricultural business (but see the $100,000 Next-Day Deposit Rule , later in this section). H and r block free tax Semiweekly Deposit Schedule You are a semiweekly schedule depositor for a calendar year if the tax liability on Form 943, line 9, during your lookback period was more than $50,000. H and r block free tax Under the semiweekly deposit schedule, deposit Form 943 taxes for payments made on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday by the following Wednesday. H and r block free tax Deposit amounts accumulated for payments made on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and/or Tuesday by the following Friday. H and r block free tax Semiweekly depositors are not required to deposit twice a week if their payments were in the same semiweekly period unless the $100,000 Next-Day Deposit Rule (discussed later in this section) applies. H and r block free tax For example, if you made a payment on both Wednesday and Friday and incurred taxes of $10,000 for each pay date, deposit the $20,000 by the following Wednesday. H and r block free tax If you made no additional payments on Saturday through Tuesday, no deposit is due on Friday. H and r block free tax Semiweekly schedule depositors must complete Form 943-A, Agricultural Employer's Record of Federal Tax Liability, and submit it with Form 943. H and r block free tax Semiweekly Deposit Schedule IF the payday falls on a. H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax THEN deposit taxes by the following. H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday Wednesday Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and/or Tuesday Friday Semiweekly schedule example. H and r block free tax   Green, Inc. H and r block free tax , is a semiweekly schedule depositor and pays wages once each month on the last Friday of the month. H and r block free tax Green, Inc. H and r block free tax , will deposit only once a month, but the deposit will be made under the semiweekly deposit schedule as follows. H and r block free tax Green, Inc. H and r block free tax 's tax liability for the April 25, 2014 (Friday), wage payment must be deposited by April 30, 2014 (Wednesday). H and r block free tax Semiweekly deposit period spanning two quarters. H and r block free tax   If you have more than one pay date during a semiweekly period and the pay dates fall in different calendar quarters, you will need to make separate deposits for the separate liabilities. H and r block free tax For example, if you have a pay date on Monday, March 31, 2014 (first quarter), and another pay date on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (second quarter), two separate deposits will be required even though the pay dates fall within the same semiweekly period. H and r block free tax Both deposits will be due Friday, April 4, 2014 (3 business days from the end of the semiweekly deposit period). H and r block free tax Deposits on Business Days Only If a deposit is required to be made on a day that is not a business day, the deposit is considered timely if it is made by the close of the next business day. H and r block free tax A business day is any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. H and r block free tax For example, if a deposit is required to be made on Friday and Friday is a legal holiday, the deposit is considered timely if it is made by the following Monday (if Monday is a business day). H and r block free tax Semiweekly schedule depositors   will always have 3 business days to make a deposit. H and r block free tax That is, if any of the 3 weekdays after the end of a semiweekly period is a legal holiday, you will have an additional day for each day that is a legal holiday to make the deposit. H and r block free tax For example, if a semiweekly schedule depositor accumulated taxes on Friday and the following Monday is a legal holiday, the deposit normally due on Wednesday may be made on Thursday (this allows 3 business days to make the deposit). H and r block free tax Legal holiday. H and r block free tax   The term “legal holiday” means any legal holiday in the District of Columbia. H and r block free tax Legal holidays for 2014 are listed below. H and r block free tax January 1— New Year's Day January 20— Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. H and r block free tax February 17— Washington's Birthday April 16— District of Columbia Emancipation Day May 26— Memorial Day July 4— Independence Day September 1— Labor Day October 13— Columbus Day November 11— Veterans' Day November 27— Thanksgiving Day December 25— Christmas Day $100,000 Next-Day Deposit Rule If you accumulate $100,000 or more of Form 943 taxes (that is, taxes reported on Form 943, line 11) on any day during a deposit period, you must deposit the tax by the close of the next business day, whether you are a monthly or a semiweekly schedule depositor. H and r block free tax For purposes of the $100,000 rule, do not continue accumulating a tax liability after the end of a deposit period. H and r block free tax For example, if a semiweekly schedule depositor has accumulated a liability of $95,000 on a Tuesday (of a Saturday-through-Tuesday deposit period) and accumulated a $10,000 liability on Wednesday, the $100,000 next-day deposit rule does not apply because the $10,000 is accumulated in the next deposit period. H and r block free tax Thus, $95,000 must be deposited by Friday and $10,000 must be deposited by the following Wednesday. H and r block free tax However, once you accumulate at least $100,000 in a deposit period, stop accumulating at the end of that day and begin to accumulate anew on the next day. H and r block free tax For example, Fir Co. H and r block free tax is a semiweekly schedule depositor. H and r block free tax On Monday, Fir Co. H and r block free tax accumulates taxes of $110,000 and must deposit this amount on Tuesday, the next business day. H and r block free tax On Tuesday, Fir Co. H and r block free tax accumulates additional taxes of $30,000. H and r block free tax Because the $30,000 is not added to the previous $110,000 and is less than $100,000, Fir Co. H and r block free tax does not have to deposit the $30,000 until Friday (following the semiweekly deposit schedule). H and r block free tax If you are a monthly schedule depositor and you accumulate a $100,000 tax liability on any day, you become a semiweekly schedule depositor on the next day and remain so for at least the rest of the calendar year and for the following calendar year. H and r block free tax Example of the $100,000 next-day deposit rule. H and r block free tax   Elm, Inc. H and r block free tax , started its business on May 1, 2014. H and r block free tax Because Elm, Inc. H and r block free tax , is a new employer, the taxes for its lookback period are considered to be zero; therefore, Elm, Inc. H and r block free tax , is a monthly schedule depositor. H and r block free tax On May 8, Elm, Inc. H and r block free tax , paid wages for the first time and accumulated taxes of $50,000. H and r block free tax On May 9 (Friday), Elm, Inc. H and r block free tax , paid wages and accumulated taxes of $60,000, for a total of $110,000. H and r block free tax Because Elm, Inc. H and r block free tax , accumulated $110,000 on May 9, it must deposit $110,000 by May 12 (Monday), the next business day. H and r block free tax Elm, Inc. H and r block free tax , became a semiweekly schedule depositor on May 10. H and r block free tax It will be a semiweekly schedule depositor for the remainder of 2014 and for 2015. H and r block free tax Accuracy of Deposits Rule You are required to deposit 100% of your tax liability on or before the deposit due date. H and r block free tax However, penalties will not be applied for depositing less than 100% if both of the following conditions are met. H and r block free tax Any deposit shortfall does not exceed the greater of $100 or 2% of the amount of taxes otherwise required to be deposited. H and r block free tax The deposit shortfall is paid or deposited by the shortfall makeup date as described below. H and r block free tax Makeup Date for Deposit Shortfall:    Monthly Schedule Depositor—Deposit the shortfall or pay it with your return by the due date of your Form 943. H and r block free tax You may pay the shortfall with your Form 943 even if the amount is $2,500 or more. H and r block free tax Semiweekly Schedule Depositor—Deposit by the earlier of (a) the first Wednesday or Friday (whichever comes first) that falls on or after the 15th of the month following the month in which the shortfall occurred, or (b) the due date for Form 943. H and r block free tax For example, if a semiweekly schedule depositor has a deposit shortfall during February 2014, the shortfall makeup date is March 19, 2014 (Wednesday). H and r block free tax How To Deposit You must deposit employment taxes by electronic funds transfer. H and r block free tax See Payment with return , earlier in this section, for exceptions explaining when taxes may be paid with the tax return instead of being deposited. H and r block free tax Electronic deposit requirement. H and r block free tax   You must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits (such as deposits of employment tax, excise tax, and corporate income tax). H and r block free tax Generally, electronic funds transfers are made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). H and r block free tax 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 electronic deposits on your behalf. H and r block free tax   EFTPS is a free service provided by the Department of Treasury. H and r block free tax To get more information or to enroll in EFTPS, call 1-800-555-4477 (business), 1-800-316-6541 (individual), or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD). H and r block free tax You can also visit the EFTPS website at www. H and r block free tax eftps. H and r block free tax gov. H and r block free tax Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Publication 966. H and r block free tax New employers that have a federal tax obligation will be pre-enrolled in EFTPS. H and r block free tax Call the toll-free number located in your Employer Identification Number (EIN) Package to activate your enrollment and begin making your tax deposit payments. H and r block free tax See When you receive your EIN in section 1 for more information. H and r block free tax Deposit record. H and r block free tax   For your records, an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Trace Number will be provided with each successful payment. H and r block free tax The number can be used as a receipt or to trace the payment. H and r block free tax Depositing on time. H and r block free tax   For deposits made by EFTPS to be on time, you must initiate the deposit by 8 p. H and r block free tax m. H and r block free tax Eastern time the day before the date a deposit is due. H and r block free tax If you use a third party to make a deposit on your behalf, they may have different cutoff times. H and r block free tax Same-day payment option. H and r block free tax   If you fail to initiate a deposit transaction on EFTPS by 8 p. H and r block free tax m. H and r block free tax 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). H and r block free tax To use the same-day payment method, you will need to make arrangements with your financial institution ahead of time. H and r block free tax Please check with your financial institution regarding availability, deadlines, and costs. H and r block free tax Your financial institution may charge you a fee for payments made this way. H and r block free tax To learn more about the information you will need to provide to your financial institution to make a same-day wire payment, visit www. H and r block free tax eftps. H and r block free tax gov to download the Same-Day Payment Worksheet. H and r block free tax Deposit Penalties Penalties may apply if you do not make required deposits on time or if you make deposits for less than the required amount. H and r block free tax The penalties do not apply if any failure to make a proper and timely deposit was due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect. H and r block free tax IRS may also waive deposit penalties if you inadvertently fail to deposit in the first quarter that a deposit is due, or the first quarter during which your frequency of deposits changed, if you timely filed your employment tax return. H and r block free tax For amounts not properly deposited or not deposited on time, the penalty rates are shown next. H and r block free tax Penalty Charged for. H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax 2% Deposits made 1 to 5 days late. H and r block free tax 5% Deposits made 6 to 15 days late. H and r block free tax 10% Deposits made 16 or more days late. H and r block free tax Also applies to amounts paid within 10 days of the date of the first notice the IRS sent asking for the tax due. H and r block free tax 10% Amounts (that should have been deposited) paid directly to the IRS or paid with your tax return. H and r block free tax See Payment with return , earlier in this section, for exceptions. H and r block free tax 15% Amounts still unpaid more than 10 days after the date of the first notice that the IRS sent asking for the tax due or the day on which you received notice and demand for immediate payment, whichever is earlier. H and r block free tax Late deposit penalty amounts are determined using calendar days, starting from the due date of the liability. H and r block free tax Order in which deposits are applied. H and r block free tax   Deposits generally are applied to the most recent tax liability within the year. H and r block free tax If you receive a failure-to-deposit penalty notice, you may designate how your deposits are to be applied in order to minimize the amount of the penalty, if you do so within 90 days of the date of the notice. H and r block free tax Follow the instructions on the penalty notice that you received. H and r block free tax For examples on how the IRS will apply deposits and more information on designating deposits, see Revenue Procedure 2001-58. H and r block free tax You can find Revenue Procedure 2001-58 on page 579 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-50 at www. H and r block free tax irs. H and r block free tax gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-50. H and r block free tax pdf. H and r block free tax Example. H and r block free tax Cedar, Inc. H and r block free tax , is required to make a deposit of $1,000 on July 15 and $1,500 on August 15. H and r block free tax It does not make the deposit on July 15. H and r block free tax On August 15, Cedar, Inc. H and r block free tax , deposits $2,000. H and r block free tax Under the deposits rule, which applies deposits to the most recent tax liability, $1,500 of the deposit is applied to the August 15 deposit and the remaining $500 is applied to the July deposit. H and r block free tax Accordingly, $500 of the July 15 liability remains undeposited. H and r block free tax The penalty on this underdeposit will apply as explained above. H and r block free tax Trust fund recovery penalty. H and r block free tax   If federal income, social security, or Medicare taxes that must be withheld are not withheld or are not deposited or paid to the United States Treasury, the trust fund recovery penalty may apply. H and r block free tax The penalty is the full amount of the unpaid trust fund tax. H and r block free tax This penalty may apply to you if these unpaid taxes cannot be immediately collected from the employer or business. H and r block free tax   The trust fund recovery penalty may be imposed on all persons who are determined by the IRS to be responsible for collecting, accounting for, and paying over these taxes, and who acted willfully in not doing so. H and r block free tax   A responsible person can be an officer or employee of a corporation, a partner or employee of a partnership, an accountant, a volunteer director/trustee, or an employee of a sole proprietorship. H and r block free tax A responsible person also may include one who signs checks for the business or otherwise has authority to cause the spending of business funds. H and r block free tax    Willfully means voluntarily, consciously, and intentionally. H and r block free tax A responsible person acts willfully if the person knows that the required actions of collecting, accounting for or paying over trust fund taxes are not taking place, or recklessly disregards obvious and known risks to the government's right to receive trust fund taxes. H and r block free tax “Average” failure-to-deposit penalty. H and r block free tax   IRS may assess an “averaged” failure-to-deposit penalty of 2% to 10% if you are a monthly schedule depositor and did not properly complete Form 943, line 17, when your tax liability shown on Form 943, line 11, was $2,500 or more. H and r block free tax IRS may also assess this penalty of 2% to 10% if you are a semiweekly schedule depositor and your tax liability shown on Form 943, line 11, was $2,500 or more and you did any of the following. H and r block free tax Completed Form 943, line 17, instead of Form 943-A. H and r block free tax Failed to attach a properly completed Form 943-A. H and r block free tax Completed Form 943-A incorrectly, for example, by entering tax deposits instead of tax liabilities in the numbered spaces. H and r block free tax   IRS figures the penalty by allocating your tax liability on Form 943, line 11, equally throughout the tax period. H and r block free tax Your deposits and payments may not be counted as timely because IRS does not know the actual dates of your tax liabilities. H and r block free tax   You can avoid the penalty by reviewing your return before filing it. H and r block free tax Follow these steps before filing your Form 943. H and r block free tax If you are a monthly schedule depositor, report your tax liabilities (not your deposits) in the monthly entry spaces on Form 943, line 17. H and r block free tax If you are a semiweekly schedule depositor, report your tax liabilities (not your deposits) on Form 943-A in the lines that represent the dates you paid your employees. H and r block free tax Verify that your total liability shown on Form 943, line 17, or Form 943-A, line M, equals your tax liability shown on Form 943, line 11. H and r block free tax Do not show negative amounts on Form 943, line 17, or Form 943-A. H and r block free tax For prior period errors discovered after December 31, 2008, do not adjust your tax liabilities reported on Form 943, line 17, or on Form 943-A. H and r block free tax Employers of Both Farm and Nonfarm Workers If you employ both farm and nonfarm workers, you must treat employment taxes for the farmworkers (Form 943 taxes) separately from employment taxes for the nonfarm workers (Form 941 and 944 taxes). H and r block free tax Form 943 taxes and Form 941/944 taxes are not combined for purposes of applying any of the deposit schedule rules. H and r block free tax If a deposit is due, deposi
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H and r block free tax 10. H and r block free tax   Business Bad Debts Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Definition of Business Bad DebtAccrual method. H and r block free tax Cash method. H and r block free tax Debt acquired from a decedent. H and r block free tax Liquidation. H and r block free tax Types of Business Bad Debts When a Debt Becomes Worthless How To Claim a Business Bad DebtSpecific Charge-Off Method Nonaccrual-Experience Method Recovery of a Bad DebtNet operating loss (NOL) carryover. H and r block free tax Introduction You have a bad debt if you cannot collect money owed to you. H and r block free tax A bad debt is either a business bad debt or a nonbusiness bad debt. H and r block free tax This chapter discusses only business bad debts. H and r block free tax Generally, a business bad debt is one that comes from operating your trade or business. H and r block free tax You can deduct business bad debts on Schedule C (Form 1040) or your applicable business income tax return. H and r block free tax All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible only as short-term capital losses. H and r block free tax For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550. H and r block free tax Topics - This chapter discusses: Definition of business bad debt When a debt becomes worthless How to claim a business bad debt Recovery of a bad debt Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund Form (and Instructions) Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business 1040X Amended U. H and r block free tax S. H and r block free tax Individual Income Tax Return 1045 Application for Tentative Refund 1139 Corporation Application for Tentative Refund 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. H and r block free tax Definition of Business Bad Debt A business bad debt is a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either: Created or acquired in your trade or business, or Closely related to your trade or business when it became partly or totally worthless. H and r block free tax A debt is closely related to your trade or business if your primary motive for incurring the debt is business related. H and r block free tax Bad debts of a corporation (other than an S corporation) are always business bad debts. H and r block free tax Credit sales. H and r block free tax   Business bad debts are mainly the result of credit sales to customers. H and r block free tax Goods that have been sold, but not yet paid for, and services that have been performed, but not yet paid for, are recorded in your books as either accounts receivable or notes receivable. H and r block free tax After a reasonable period of time, if you have tried to collect the amount due, but are unable to do so, the uncollectible part becomes a business bad debt. H and r block free tax   Accounts or notes receivable valued at fair market value (FMV) when received are deductible only at that value, even though the FMV may be less than the face value. H and r block free tax If you purchased an account receivable for less than its face value, and the receivable subsequently becomes worthless, the most you are allowed to deduct is the amount you paid to acquire it. H and r block free tax    You can claim a business bad debt deduction only if the amount owed to you was previously included in gross income. H and r block free tax This applies to amounts owed to you from all sources of taxable income, including sales, services, rents, and interest. H and r block free tax Accrual method. H and r block free tax   If you use the accrual method of accounting, you generally report income as you earn it. H and r block free tax You can only claim a bad debt deduction for an uncollectible receivable if you have previously included the uncollectible amount in income. H and r block free tax   If you qualify, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method of accounting discussed later. H and r block free tax Under this method, you do not have to accrue income that, based on your experience, you do not expect to collect. H and r block free tax Cash method. H and r block free tax   If you use the cash method of accounting, you generally report income when you receive payment. H and r block free tax You cannot claim a bad debt deduction for amounts owed to you because you never included those amounts in income. H and r block free tax For example, a cash basis architect cannot claim a bad debt deduction if a client fails to pay the bill because the architect's fee was never included in income. H and r block free tax Debts from a former business. H and r block free tax   If you sell your business but retain its receivables, these debts are business debts because they arose out of your trade or business. H and r block free tax If any of these receivables subsequently become worthless, the loss is still a business bad debt. H and r block free tax Debt acquired from a decedent. H and r block free tax   The character of a loss from debts of a business acquired from a decedent is determined in the same way as debts acquired on the purchase of a business. H and r block free tax The executor of the decedent's estate treats any loss from the debts as a business bad debt if the debts were closely related to the decedent's trade or business when they became worthless. H and r block free tax Otherwise, a loss from these debts becomes a nonbusiness bad debt for the decedent's estate. H and r block free tax Liquidation. H and r block free tax   If you liquidate your business and some of the accounts receivable that you retain become worthless, they become business bad debts. H and r block free tax Types of Business Bad Debts Business bad debts may result from the following. H and r block free tax Loans to clients and suppliers. H and r block free tax   If you loan money to a client, supplier, employee, or distributor for a business reason and you are unable to collect the loan after attempting to do so, you have a business bad debt. H and r block free tax Debts owed by political parties. H and r block free tax   If a political party (or other organization that accepts contributions or spends money to influence elections) owes you money and the debt becomes worthless, you can claim a bad debt deduction only if all of the following requirements are met. H and r block free tax You use the accrual method of accounting. H and r block free tax The debt arose from the sale of goods or services in the ordinary course of your trade or business. H and r block free tax More than 30% of your receivables accrued in the year of the sale were from sales to political parties. H and r block free tax You made substantial and continuing efforts to collect on the debt. H and r block free tax Loan or capital contribution. H and r block free tax   You cannot claim a bad debt deduction for a loan you made to a corporation if, based on the facts and circumstances, the loan is actually a contribution to capital. H and r block free tax Debts of an insolvent partner. H and r block free tax   If your business partnership breaks up and one of your former partners becomes insolvent, you may have to pay more than your pro rata share of the partnership's debts. H and r block free tax If you pay any part of the insolvent partner's share of the debts, you can claim a bad debt deduction for the amount you paid that is attributable to the insolvent partner's share. H and r block free tax Business loan guarantee. H and r block free tax   If you guarantee a debt that subsequently becomes worthless, the debt can qualify as a business bad debt if all the following requirements are met. H and r block free tax You made the guarantee in the course of your trade or business. H and r block free tax You have a legal duty to pay the debt. H and r block free tax You made the guarantee before the debt became worthless. H and r block free tax You meet this requirement if you reasonably expected you would not have to pay the debt without full reimbursement from the borrower. H and r block free tax You received reasonable consideration for making the guarantee. H and r block free tax You meet this requirement if you made the guarantee in accord with normal business practice or for a good faith business purpose. H and r block free tax Example. H and r block free tax Jane Zayne owns the Zayne Dress Company. H and r block free tax She guaranteed payment of a $20,000 note for Elegant Fashions, a dress outlet. H and r block free tax Elegant Fashions is one of Zayne's largest clients. H and r block free tax Elegant Fashions later defaulted on the loan. H and r block free tax As a result, Ms. H and r block free tax Zayne paid the remaining balance of the loan in full to the bank. H and r block free tax She can claim a business bad debt deduction only for the amount she paid, since her guarantee was made in the course of her trade or business for a good faith business purpose. H and r block free tax She was motivated by the desire to retain one of her better clients and keep a sales outlet. H and r block free tax Deductible in the year paid. H and r block free tax   If you make a payment on a loan you guaranteed, you can deduct it in the year paid, unless you have rights against the borrower. H and r block free tax Rights against a borrower. H and r block free tax   When you make payment on a loan you guaranteed, you may have the right to take the place of the lender. H and r block free tax The debt is then owed to you. H and r block free tax If you have this right, or some other right to demand payment from the borrower, you cannot claim a bad debt deduction until these rights become partly or totally worthless. H and r block free tax Joint debtor. H and r block free tax   If two or more debtors jointly owe you money, your inability to collect from one does not enable you to deduct a proportionate amount as a bad debt. H and r block free tax Sale of mortgaged property. H and r block free tax   If mortgaged or pledged property is sold for less than the debt, the unpaid, uncollectible balance of the debt is a bad debt. H and r block free tax When a Debt Becomes Worthless A debt becomes worthless when there is no longer any chance the amount owed will be paid. H and r block free tax This may occur when the debt is due or prior to that date. H and r block free tax To demonstrate worthlessness, you must only show that you have taken reasonable steps to collect the debt but were unable to do so. H and r block free tax It is not necessary to go to court if you can show that a judgment from the court would be uncollectible. H and r block free tax Bankruptcy of your debtor is generally good evidence of the worthlessness of at least a part of an unsecured and unpreferred debt. H and r block free tax Property received for debt. H and r block free tax   If you receive property in partial settlement of a debt, reduce the debt by the property's FMV, which becomes the property's basis. H and r block free tax You can deduct the remaining debt as a bad debt if and when it becomes worthless. H and r block free tax   If you later sell the property for more than its basis, any gain on the sale is due to the appreciation of the property. H and r block free tax It is not a recovery of a bad debt. H and r block free tax For information on the sale of an asset, see Publication 544. H and r block free tax How To Claim a Business Bad Debt There are two methods to claim a business bad debt. H and r block free tax The specific charge-off method. H and r block free tax The nonaccrual-experience method. H and r block free tax Generally, you must use the specific charge-off method. H and r block free tax However, you may use the nonaccrual-experience method if you meet the requirements discussed later under Nonaccrual-Experience Method . H and r block free tax Specific Charge-Off Method If you use the specific charge-off method, you can deduct specific business bad debts that become either partly or totally worthless during the tax year. H and r block free tax However, with respect to partly worthless bad debts, your deduction is limited to the amount you charged off on your books during the year. H and r block free tax Partly worthless debts. H and r block free tax   You can deduct specific bad debts that become partly uncollectible during the tax year. H and r block free tax Your tax deduction is limited to the amount you charge off on your books during the year. H and r block free tax You do not have to charge off and deduct your partly worthless debts annually. H and r block free tax You can delay the charge off until a later year. H and r block free tax However, you cannot deduct any part of a debt after the year it becomes totally worthless. H and r block free tax Significantly modified debt. H and r block free tax   An exception to the charge-off rule exists for debt which has been significantly modified and on which the holder recognized gain. H and r block free tax For more information, see Regulations section 1. H and r block free tax 166-3(a)(3). H and r block free tax Deduction disallowed. H and r block free tax   Generally, you can claim a partial bad debt deduction only in the year you make the charge-off on your books. H and r block free tax If, under audit, the IRS does not allow your deduction and the debt becomes partly worthless in a later tax year, you can deduct the amount you charged off in that year plus the disallowed amount charged off in the earlier year. H and r block free tax The charge-off in the earlier year, unless reversed on your books, fulfills the charge-off requirement for the later year. H and r block free tax Totally worthless debts. H and r block free tax   If a debt becomes totally worthless in the current tax year, you can deduct the entire amount, less any amount deducted in an earlier tax year when the debt was only partly worthless. H and r block free tax   You do not have to make an actual charge-off on your books to claim a bad debt deduction for a totally worthless debt. H and r block free tax However, you may want to do so. H and r block free tax If you do not and the IRS later rules the debt is only partly worthless, you will not be allowed a deduction for the debt in that tax year because a deduction of a partly worthless bad debt is limited to the amount actually charged off. H and r block free tax See Partly worthless debts, earlier. H and r block free tax Filing a claim for refund. H and r block free tax   If you did not deduct a bad debt on your original return for the year it became worthless, you can file a claim for a credit or refund. H and r block free tax If the bad debt was totally worthless, you must file the claim by the later of the following dates. H and r block free tax 7 years from the date your original return was due (not including extensions). H and r block free tax 2 years from the date you paid the tax. H and r block free tax   If the claim is for a partly worthless bad debt, you must file the claim by the later of the following dates. H and r block free tax 3 years from the date you filed your original return. H and r block free tax 2 years from the date you paid the tax. H and r block free tax You may have longer to file the claim if you were unable to manage your financial affairs due to a physical or mental impairment. H and r block free tax Such an impairment requires proof of existence. H and r block free tax   For details and more information about filing a claim, see Publication 556. H and r block free tax Use one of the following forms to file a claim. H and r block free tax For more information, see the instructions for the applicable form. H and r block free tax Table 10-1. H and r block free tax Forms Used To File a Claim IF you filed as a. H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax THEN file. H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax . H and r block free tax Sole proprietor or farmer Form 1040X Corporation Form 1120X S corporation Form 1120S and check box H(4) Partnership Form 1065X if filing on paper or  Form 1065 and check box G(5) if filing electronically Nonaccrual-Experience Method If you use an accrual method of accounting and qualify under the rules explained in this section, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method for bad debts. H and r block free tax Under this method, you do not accrue service related income you expect to be uncollectible. H and r block free tax Because the expected uncollectible amounts are not included in income, these amounts are not later deducted from income. H and r block free tax Generally, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method for accounts receivable for services you performed only if: The services are provided in the fields of accounting, actuarial science, architecture, consulting, engineering, health, law, or the performing arts, or You meet the $5 million gross receipts test for all prior years. H and r block free tax Service related income. H and r block free tax   You can use the nonaccrual-experience method only for amounts earned by performing services. H and r block free tax You cannot use this method for amounts owed to you from activities such as lending money, selling goods, or acquiring receivables or other rights to receive payment. H and r block free tax Gross receipts test. H and r block free tax   To find out if you meet the $5 million gross receipts test for all prior years, you must figure the average annual gross receipts for each prior year. H and r block free tax If your average annual gross receipts for any year exceeds $5 million, you cannot use the non-accural experience method. H and r block free tax   The average annual gross receipts for any year is the average of gross receipts from the year in question and the 2 previous years. H and r block free tax For example, if you were figuring the average annual gross receipts for 2013, you would average your gross receipts for 2011, 2012, and 2013. H and r block free tax Interest or penalty charged. H and r block free tax   Generally, you cannot use the nonaccrual-experience method for amounts due on which you charge interest or a late payment penalty. H and r block free tax However, do not treat a discount offered for early payment as the charging of interest or a penalty if both the following apply. H and r block free tax You otherwise accrue the full amount due as gross income at the time you provide the services. H and r block free tax You treat the discount allowed for early payment as an adjustment to gross income in the year of payment. H and r block free tax Change in accounting method. H and r block free tax   Generally, you must obtain consent to change to a nonaccrual-experience method (other than one of the safe harbor methods) or to change from one method to another. H and r block free tax See Form 3115 and the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information. H and r block free tax Recovery of a Bad Debt If you claim a deduction for a bad debt on your income tax return and later recover (collect) all or part of it, you may have to include all or part of the recovery in gross income. H and r block free tax The amount you include is limited to the amount you actually deducted. H and r block free tax However, you can exclude the amount deducted that did not reduce your tax. H and r block free tax Report the recovery as “Other income” on the appropriate business form or schedule. H and r block free tax See Recoveries in Publication 525 for more information. H and r block free tax Net operating loss (NOL) carryover. H and r block free tax   If a bad debt deduction increases an NOL carryover that has not expired before the beginning of the tax year in which the recovery takes place, you treat the deduction as having reduced your tax. H and r block free tax A bad debt deduction that contributes to a NOL helps lower taxes in the year to which you carry the NOL. H and r block free tax For more information about NOLs, see Publication 536. H and r block free tax Also, see the Instructions for Form 1045, and the Instructions for Form 1139. 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