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Stop or defer payroll tax payments

Learn how to set up your payroll to track deferrals of the employer share of Social Security tax payments.

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you may be able to defer a portion of your Social Security Tax payments and your payroll can help you track that amount.

Note: You're responsible for remitting payments to the IRS on the new 2021 and 2022 due dates. You can set up a reminder to notify you when the new payment dates are nearing.

Step 1: Contact your state about payroll taxes

Many states are offering extensions or waivers for small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Review list of states with known tax deadline changes due to COVID-19. Follow the instructions provided for your state payroll tax. In some cases, you may need to contact the state to request a waiver or discuss your situation and gain approval for late filing or payments.

If you don't see your state, contact your state's payroll compliance agency for the most up to date info, or to request an extension.

Step 2: Reschedule state payroll tax payments in your payroll product

Note: Not sure which payroll service you have? Here's how to find which payroll service you have.

Follow the steps for the payroll product you use. This feature is not currently available in other QuickBooks or Intuit Payroll Products.

Once you contact your state to let them know about your extension, contact our support team. We'll help you stop or reschedule payments.

Important: You need to contact us each time you process a payroll to stop or reschedule payroll tax payments.

Since we debit your account for all payroll taxes at the time you submit payroll, we're unable to stop or reschedule state payroll tax payments.

State tax payments are processed and paid as normal.

If you pay your own payroll taxes, you don't have to contact Intuit, but you'll need to follow the state requirements for getting a deferral or waiver.

If you change the payment date and you’re filing electronically, your filling will be sent at the same date.

Here are more detailed steps for how to pay your payroll taxes:

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