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Important deadlines for churches and ministers
October 31, 2016
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Churches having nonminister employees (or one or more ministers who report their federal income taxes as employees and who have elected voluntary withholding) must file an employer's quarterly federal tax return (Form 941) by this date. You may have to deposit the federal income taxes you withheld and both the employer and employee Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes. If your total taxes (line 10) are less than $2,500 for the current quarter or the preceding quarter, you don't have to make a deposit. But to avoid a penalty, you must pay the amount in full with a timely filed Form 941 or you must deposit the amount on a timely basis. If you aren't sure your total tax liability for the current quarter will be less than $2,500 (and your liability for the preceding quarter wasn't less than $2,500), make deposits using the semiweekly or monthly rules so you won't be subject to failure to deposit penalties.

Note: If a date listed for filing a return or making a tax payment falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday (either national or statewide in a state where the return is required to be filed), the return or tax payment is due on the following business day.

Note: You must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal employment tax deposits. This is generally done using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, a free service provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury. If you don't wish to use EFTPS, you can arrange for your tax professional, financial institution, or payroll service to make deposits on your behalf. Failure to make a timely deposit may subject you to a 10-percent penalty.

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