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Payroll Quarterly Tax Filings

Question: Quickbooks filed my 2nd Quarter Federal Tax Return but they did not file my 3rd Quarter. I didn't have to do anything. We are late and we do not owe anything but I need to file the report. Does anyone know why they would not have filed. I'm new to the online version. I know how to file via desktop but I am no longer using desktop.  My 2nd quarter has a cover letter that says - Reminder: you do not have to file this form. So I thought the 3rd Quarter would be the same. 

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Payroll Quarterly Tax Filings

QuickBooks needs your permission to get your third Quarter tax return filed, @Sfann.

I’m here to provide you some information to learn more about filing tax forms in QuickBooks Online Payroll.

When a form is due, QuickBooks unable to file it automatically. You’ll want to log in to your Payroll account, then submit them electronically if it's active for electronic service. Here’s how:


  1. Go to Taxes and select Payroll Tax.
  2. Select Quarterly forms.
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  3. Choose the form you want to file.
  4. Review the form to verify the info, and hit Submit when you're ready.

The filling date for the 3rd Quarter is until October 31. In other words, you’re still able to file the form on time without any penalty. QuickBooks sent you an email reminding you to submit the forms. There’s also a prompt message about filing dues so can start processing them ahead of time. You can check these links about tax deadlines and instructions about the Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return for more information.

I want you to have extra knowledge with QuickBooks Online payroll, you can visit this article about paying and filing tax forms online.

You can also contact our Payroll Support team to assist you further. They can guide you personally and can review details to ensure they're correct. Please know that they’re most available on weekdays from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Also includes Saturday starting from 6:00 AM until 3:00 PM only. Here are our support hours to learn more. Then follow these steps below:


  1. Select the (?) Help menu located at the top right.
  2. Click Contact Us.
  3. Enter this statement on the box “filing a tax return.”
  4. Hit Let’s talk.
  5. Choose to Get a call.
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Let me know if you have other concerns or follow-up questions with your filing situation. I’m always here anytime.

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