Payroll taxes are applicable if you have hired employees for your business. As a business owner, you have to pay the tax deposits to IRS a day after you have paid the employees. Small businesses are also prone to mistakes and can stuck into a tax-related problems. Not paying taxes on time will charge you with heavy penalties and fines. If you delay the taxes, the amount to be paid will be more than the previous amount. There can be a lot of tax-related problems in business. There can be a problem if the business is in a financial crisis. Another cause of tax problems can be that the owners mostly delay the tax payments as they think they will pay it when they will have enough budget. Sadly, this does not happen and tax problems continue to be worse and tax penalties increase with time. In severe cases IRS threats to cease the business. Moreover, owners can be punished or sent to jail.
According to IRS, all tax-related problems are serious but the payroll tax problem is taken very seriously. We have discussed some payroll tax issues that are commonly experienced by small business owners.
Not able to withhold and pay tax
Small business owners are required to deduct a specific amount from the salary of employees according to the income amount to pay Medicare, federal income, and social security tax. According to the requirements of the IRS, If the business owner is not able to do so, he will have to pay heavy penalties and fines in addition to paying the taxes on the income of all employees. A business owner will be considered a criminal and will be charged and can also be sent to jail if he deducts the payroll taxes from the income of employees but does not pay it to IRS.
Delayed Payments and deposits
If tax payments are delayed or are late, you will have to pay fines and penalties as per the rules and regulations of the IRS. In many cases, you have to pay 0.5 percent of the amount of tax each month. If your tax deposits are delayed, then IRS will charge you with a penalty of 25 percent. It is very important to clear your tax payments by the fifteenth of every month, the period when tax payment is deducted from the income amount of employees. This will save you from heavy fines and penalties.
Inability to Issue IRS Form 1099
Another common problem of the business owners is that they often fail to issue the IRS 1099 forms to their outside employees and contractors on time. When you pay a contractor or an outside employee, six hundred dollars or more a year, then an IRS form 1099 should be issued to this contractor or outside employee. The copies of this form should then be forwarded to IRS. Not issuing the form 1099, will cause a penalty of seventy-five dollars for every form. The business owner will also have to pay greater than thirty-one percent of the federal tax amount.