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Manage automatic tax payments and form filings

Learn about your options to pay and file your payroll taxes with

  • QuickBooks Online Payroll Core
  • QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium
  • QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite

With these payroll services, you have the flexibility to choose how you want your payroll taxes and form filings handled. We can pay and file your federal and state payroll taxes for you, or you can now opt to pay and file them yourself.

For other QuickBooks or Intuit Payroll products, see Tax payments and forms Intuit Payroll submits for you.

Take care of your taxes automatically

Having Intuit file and process your tax payments for you can be a huge time saver and helps to make sure everything is compliant. We handle this for you on federal, state and local payroll taxes.

Note: local taxes aren't automated in QuickBooks Online Payroll Core. If you're interested in automating those payments, learn about upgrading your payroll service. 

After you’ve completed your payroll setup, we'll pay and file your payroll taxes for you.

Tell us when to pay your payroll taxes

You can manage the timing of your payroll tax payments when you have the automate taxes and forms turned on.  We make the payments for you, but this gives you more control of your money and when we make them.

  1. Select the Settings ⚙ icon, then select Payroll Settings.
  2. In the Taxes and forms section, select Edit ✎.
  3. Make sure Automate taxes and forms is On.
  4. From the When to pay section, select one of the following:
    • Sooner: tax payments are paid prior to the due dates.
    • Later: tax payments are paid on the due dates.
  5. Select Save.

Turn off automatic tax payments and form filings

The automated tax payment and form filing feature is enabled by default. You can turn this feature off to give you more control of making your tax payments and filing forms.

Note:  You can't turn this feature off during January to prevent tax filing issues.

  1. Select the Settings ⚙ icon, then select Payroll Settings.
  2. In the Taxes and forms section, clear the Automate taxes and forms checkbox.
  3. Select Save.

Now that you have automated taxes turned off, we’ll let you know when your tax payments and form filings are due. You'll see reminders in your payroll to do list. When you're ready to pay or file your payroll taxes, see steps in Pay and file payroll taxes online

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