The Internal Revenue Service today wants small business owners who are employers to know that the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System has features that can help them in meeting their tax obligations. EFTPS can help employers whether they prepare and submit payroll taxes themselves or if they hire a payroll service provider to do it on their behalf.
Many employers outsource to third-party payroll service providers some or all their payroll and related tax duties, such as tax withholding, reporting and making tax deposits. Third-party payroll service providers can help assure filing deadlines and deposit requirements are met and streamline business operations. Most payroll service providers administer payroll and employment taxes on behalf of an employer, where the employer provides the funds initially to the third party. They also report, collect and deposit employment taxes with state and federal authorities.
Treasury regulations require that employment tax deposits are made electronically and employers should ensure their third-party payer uses the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
EFTPS helps employers keep an eye on their tax responsibilities, even if they have hired a payroll service provider. EFTPS is secure, accurate, easy to use and provides immediate confirmation for each transaction. Anyone can use EFTPS. The service is offered free of charge from the U.S. Department of Treasury and enables employers to make and verify federal tax payments electronically 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the internet or by phone.