A Step-By-Step Guide to Completing Form 940 with TaxBandits

The deadline to file is January 31st, follow this simple guide!

Form 940 is an annual payroll tax form that businesses are required to file with the IRS. This form is used to report Federal Unemployment taxes (FUTA taxes).  

These taxes are only paid by employers and are used to fund the unemployment payments made by the government to individuals that are out of work. 

The deadline to file Form 940 with the IRS each year is January 31st. 

Here is a simple, step-by-step guide to filing this form using TaxBandits. 
Sign in to your TaxBandits account and follow the instructions below!

Step 1: Getting Started in TaxBandits

Once you’ve signed in to TaxBandits, select ‘Start New’ in the upper right corner:

Select ‘Form’:

Select ‘Form 940’

You can select an existing employer from your address book by clicking ‘Select Employer’. You can also choose to add a new business. 

Review the employer information, then click ‘Save and Continue’ to proceed. 

Select the tax year you are filing for, if you are filing for the current tax year, choose 2022. 

Step 2: Fill Out Form 940

Begin completing the form using the business information you’ve gathered. You’ll start with 

Page 1, then you will click ‘Save and Continue’ when you are ready to move to Page 2. 

As you progress through the form, our application will audit your form and indicate errors based on the IRS Business Rules. 

Before you begin filling out the form, first complete the ‘Type of Return’ box if any line applies to you. Check the appropriate box to tell us which type of return you’re filing. You may check more than one box.

Completing Part 1: Tell us about your return. If any line does NOT apply, leave it blank. 

Please note: All instructions for completing the fields on this form are based on IRS guidance. For complete instructions, please view the full IRS instructions here. 

You must complete line 1a or line 1b even if you weren’t required to pay any state unemployment tax because your state unemployment tax rate(s) was zero. 

You may leave lines 1a and 1b blank only if all of the wages you paid to all employees in all states were excluded from state unemployment tax.

 If you leave lines 1a and 1b blank, and line 7 is more than zero, you must complete line 9 because all of the taxable FUTA wages you paid were excluded from state unemployment tax.

Line 1a. One state only. Enter the two-letter U.S. Postal Service abbreviation for the state where you were required to pay your state unemployment tax on line 1a. 

Line 1b. More than one state (you’re a multi-state employer). Check the box on line 1b. Then, fill out Schedule A Form 940 and attach it to your Form 940.

Line 2. If You Paid Wages in a State That Is Subject to Credit Reduction 

A state that hasn’t repaid money it borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits is called a “credit reduction state.” The U.S. Department of Labor determines which states are credit reduction states. If you paid wages that are subject to the unemployment tax laws of a credit reduction state, you may have to pay more FUTA tax when filing your Form 940.

Completing Part 2: Determine your FUTA tax before adjustments. If any line does NOT apply, leave it blank.

Line 3. Total Payments to All Employees

Report the total payments you made during the calendar year on line 3. Include payments for the services of all employees, even if the payments aren’t taxable for FUTA.

Line 4.  Payments Exempt From FUTA Tax

If you enter an amount on line 4, check the appropriate box or boxes on lines 4a through 4e to show the types of payments exempt from FUTA tax. You only report a payment as exempt from FUTA tax on line 4 if you included the payment on line 3. 

Line 5. Total of Payments Made to Each Employee in Excess of $7,000

Only the first $7,000 you paid to each employee in a calendar year, after subtracting any payments exempt from FUTA tax, is subject to FUTA tax. This $7,000 is called the FUTA wage base. Enter on line 5 the total of the payments over the FUTA wage base you paid to each employee during 2021 after subtracting any payments exempt from FUTA tax shown on line 4.

Line 6. Subtotal 

To figure your subtotal, add the amounts on lines 4 and 5 and enter the result on line 6.

Line 7. Total Taxable FUTA Wages 

To figure out your total taxable FUTA wages, subtract line 6 from line 3 and enter the result on line 7.

Line 8. FUTA Tax Before Adjustments.

To figure your total FUTA tax before adjustments, multiply line 7 by 0.006 and then enter the result on line 8. 

Completing Part 3: Determine your adjustments. If any line does NOT apply, leave it blank.

Line 9. If ALL of the Taxable FUTA Wages You Paid Were Excluded From State Unemployment Tax

If all of the taxable FUTA wages you paid were excluded from state unemployment tax, multiply line 7 by 0.054 and enter the result on line 9. 

Line 10. If SOME of the Taxable FUTA Wages You Paid Were Excluded From State Unemployment Tax, or You Paid Any State Unemployment Tax Late

Line 11. If Credit Reduction Applies 

If you paid FUTA taxable wages that were also subject to state unemployment taxes in any states that are subject to credit reduction, enter the total amount from Schedule A (Form 940) on Form 940, line 11.

However, if you entered an amount on line 9 because all the FUTA taxable wages you paid were excluded from state unemployment tax, skip line 11 and go to line 12.

Completing Part 4: Determine Your FUTA Tax and Balance Due or Overpayment. If any line does NOT apply, leave it blank. 

Line 12. Total FUTA Tax After Adjustments

Add the amounts shown on lines 8, 9, 10, and 11, and enter the result on line 12. 

Line 13.  FUTA Tax Deposited for the Year

Enter the amount of FUTA tax that you deposited for the year, including any overpayment that you applied from a prior year. 

Line 14. Balance Due

If line 13 is less than line 12, enter the difference on line 14. If line 14 is: • More than $500, you must deposit your tax, $500 or less, you can deposit your tax, pay your tax with a credit card or debit card, pay your tax by EFW if filing electronically, or pay your tax by check or money order with your return. 

Line 15. Overpayment

If line 13 is more than line 12, enter the difference on line 15. If you deposited more than the FUTA tax due for the year, you may choose to have us either: apply the refund to your next return, or send you a refund. Check the appropriate box on line 15 to tell us which option you select.

Completing Part 5: Report Your FUTA Tax Liability by Quarter Only if Line 12 Is More Than $500. If not, go to Part 6

Line 16. Report the Amount of Your FUTA Tax Liability for Each Quarter, do NOT enter the amount you deposited. If you had no liability for a quarter, leave the line blank

Enter the amount of your FUTA tax liability for each quarter on lines 16a–d. Don’t enter the amount you deposited. If you had no liability for a quarter, leave the line blank.

Line 17.  Total tax liability for the year

Your total tax liability for the year must equal line 12. Copy the amount from line 12 onto line 17.

Completing Part 6: May we speak with your third-party designee?

If you want to allow an employee, your paid tax preparer, or another person to discuss your Form 940 with the IRS, check the “Yes” box. Then, enter the name and phone number of the person you choose as your designee. 

Be sure to give us the specific name of a person—not the name of the firm that prepared your tax return. Have your designee select a five-digit personal identification number (PIN) that he or she must use as identification when talking to the IRS about your form. 

Completing Part 7: Sign here. You MUST complete both pages of this form and SIGN it.

Failure to sign will delay the processing of your return. Sign and print your name and title. Then, enter the date and the best daytime telephone number, including the area code, where you can be reached for any questions. 

You will be prompted to electronically sign the form. 

Step 3: Making your 940 IRS Payment 

Choose your preferred method of payment to the IRS. Please note, IRS payments are not made by TaxBandits, it is your responsibility to make the necessary payment to the IRS. 

If you select Electronic Funds Withdrawal, complete the necessary account information. If you choose to pay by credit or debit card, please note that there will be steps provided after the IRS accepts your form. You will need to review these instructions to make your IRS payment successfully. 

Select your preferred payment method and click ‘Next’. 

Then click ‘I Accept’ to acknowledge that you will follow the instructions to make your IRS tax payment after your form is accepted by the IRS. Once you accept, you will continue to review the form. 

Step 4: Reviewing the 940 Information 

Use the form summary that TaxBandits provides to review the information you provided, when you are satisfied that it is correct, click ‘Next’ to proceed. 

Step 5: TaxBandits Audits Form 940

If no errors were found on your form, click ‘Next’. If errors were identified, you can resolve them. 

Step 6: E-sign Form 940

If you have an online signature PIN, you can complete the signature page using the 10-digit PIN that the IRS has assigned you. 

If you don’t have an IRS Signature PIN, you can proceed by signing Form 8453-EMP. For future forms, you can apply for a PIN from the IRS through TaxBandits. This is actually a free feature that we offer!

When signing Form 8453-EMP, you will be prompted to use your cursor to sign the form and check the box acknowledging that this is an electronic representation of your signature. Then click ‘Adopt and Sign’. 

Once you have signed the form, click ‘Next’ to proceed.

Step 7: Pay and Transmit

If you have available credits, you can apply them here, or you can choose to proceed with a credit card. Make your selection and click ‘Next’ to proceed. 

Payment Information:

From the payment information screen, you can add a credit card, or edit an existing credit card. After entering the correct payment information, click ‘Continue’.

Transmit Return:

Review your form information and click the green button, ‘Pay and Transmit the Return to the IRS*’

Once your form has been successfully transmitted, you will move to the confirmation page.

Be sure to check the ‘What’s Next’ box, this provides additional information, like how to proceed with your IRS tax payment. 

 If you would like to print forms, this can be done from the ‘Distribution Center’, you can also download your receipt here. 

*If you have chosen the credit/debit card option, you will need to look for an email from us confirming that your form was accepted by the IRS. It will provide instructions for making your IRS payment. 

Do you have questions about 940 FUTA taxes and the rates for the 2022 tax year? Check out this blog to learn more!

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