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Understand the taxes and forms that QuickBooks payroll submits for you

SOLVEDby QuickBooks622Updated November 03, 2023

Find out which payroll taxes and forms QuickBooks Payroll pays and files for you.

This article gives you an overview of the payroll taxes and forms that QuickBooks Payroll handles for you. It’ll help you understand which payroll taxes and forms are covered by each QuickBooks Payroll product.

If you use QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll, you need to pay and file taxes yourself. With QuickBooks Online Payroll, you can also opt to pay and file them yourself. Check out these helpful articles for more info.

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

Payroll taxes

We handle all federal and most state taxes for you. Local taxes depend on the product. 

Federal taxes (Withholding, SS, Med, FUTA)State taxes
(WH, SUI, PFL, SDI*) 
Local taxes
QuickBooks Online Payroll CoreYESYESNO
QuickBooks Online Payroll PremiumYESYESYES
QuickBooks Online Payroll EliteYESYESYES
QuickBooks Desktop Payroll AssistedYESYESNO

*We don’t pay or file NY SDI or HI TDI. NY SDI is mandated but not state run. Premiums for these taxes are paid to a private carrier, and forms must be filed manually.

Payroll forms

We file most federal and state payroll forms for you.  Local taxes depend on the product. 

941
944
940943W2
W3
State WH
SUI
Local formsNew hire reporting
QuickBooks Online Payroll CoreYESYESYESYESYESNOYES
QuickBooks Online Payroll PremiumYESYESYESYESYESYESYES
QuickBooks Online Payroll EliteYESYESYESYESYESYESYES
QuickBooks Desktop Payroll AssistedYESYESNOYESYESNONO

More helpful articles for payroll taxes and forms

Manage automatic tax payments and form filings
Set up local taxes in QuickBooks Online Payroll
Pay and file payroll taxes and forms in QuickBooks Online Payroll
Set up Federal e-file and e-pay in QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Enhanced
E-file and e-pay state forms and taxes  in QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Enhanced
Pay and file payroll taxes and forms manually in QuickBooks Desktop Payroll
Understand federal forms 941, 944, 943, and 940
File your W-2 forms
View your previously filed tax forms and payments

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