April 14, 2020

2020 – 04/13 – Relief from not making employment tax deposits due to COVID-19 tax credits

The IRS has issued guidance providing relief from failure to make employment tax deposits for employers entitled to refundable tax credits provided under two laws. The two laws are the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Under the laws, the penalty for failure to deposit the employer share of Social Security tax is waived in anticipation of the allowance of the refundable tax credits. IRS Notice 2020-22 provides that an employer won’t be penalized for failing to deposit employment taxes related to qualified leave or qualified retention wages in a calendar quarter if certain requirements are met.