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January/February 2016
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Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

Monthly requirements, January/February 2016

• If your church or organization reported withheld taxes of $50,000 or less during the most recent lookback period (for 2016 the lookback period ...

Semiweekly requirements, January/February 2016

• If your church or organization reported withheld taxes of more than $50,000 during the most recent lookback period (for 2016 the lookback period ...

February 29, 2016

• Churches must submit to the Social Security Administration "Copy A" of each W-2 form issued to employees (for 2015) along with a W-3 ...

February 10, 2016

• Churches having nonminister employees (or one or more ministers who report their federal income taxes as employees and who have elected voluntary ...

January 31, 2016

• Churches having nonminister employees (or one or more ministers who report their federal income taxes as employees and who have elected voluntary ...

January 30, 2016

• Churches hiring their first nonminister employee between October 1 and December 31, 2015, may exempt themselves from the employer's share of Social ...

January 15, 2016

• Ministers (who have not elected voluntary withholding) and self-employed workers must file their fourth quarterly estimated federal tax payment ...

January 1, 2016

• Employees and employers each pay Social Security and Medicare taxes equal to 7.65 percent of an employee's wages. The tax rate does not ...

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