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If I owe past due payroll taxes, but want to pay my current payroll taxes, will the IRS apply them..

I have some past due payroll taxes (Form 941) from 2012-2013. The IRS is aware as much as I am. I also have not paid my 2016-2017 941 taxes. I am hoping to get this straight with a payment plan through the IRS. My question is in regard to my current payroll and taxes that I have due now. If I go on to EFTPS and schedule a payment towards the 2017/3 quarter, will the IRS keep it there because that's how I designated it, or will they move it back to my earliest past due balance from 2012? Once a payment plan is set up for the past due taxes, I imagine this wouldn't be an issue, but in the mean time, until a plan is set up, I worry they will try to apply to prior periods despite my designation...and that may mess things up more!

Thanks for any feedback!

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If I owe past due payroll taxes, but want to pay my current payroll taxes, will the IRS apply them..

Pretty sure you designate in the payment which period is being paid.  So if you go to EFTPS and put in the 3rd qtr. 2017, it will be recorded there.  For past due, you normally have to designate those payments too, but including the payment and the paperwork from the notice you received.  It usually has a number on it there for that specific payment.

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