IRS gives employers three tips on payroll obligations

If your business uses a third-party service provider to handle payroll tax duties, the IRS has three tips for you.

1. Remember that you, the employer, are ultimately the responsible party for the deposit and payment of federal tax liabilities. You may transfer tax payments to the service provider to make the deposits, but you bear the final responsibility for payment.

If the third party fails to make the tax payments, the IRS will look to you for the taxes, plus any penalties and interest due.

2. The IRS will use the address of record for any correspondence related to your account. The IRS strongly suggests you do not change the address of record to that of the payroll service provider. Using your business address will enable you to stay informed of tax matters relating to your business.

3. Choose a payroll service provider that uses the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). You can register with the EFTPS system to get your own ID number to verify payments.

About Brenda J. McGivern, CPA

Brenda McGivern started her own certified public accounting and management consulting firm in October 2001. The full service CPA firm provides tax and accounting solutions to meet the needs of today’s small business and individual. Brenda McGivern has become a trusted advisor and valuable resource her clients rely on for timely, accurate assistance when they need it.

Before starting the firm, she worked as an accountant for three years at a local firm and prior to that five years at a large international CPA firm in Boston. She has performed the following tax services: federal, state and local tax planning, international tax planning, estate and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital retention and IRS representation. She has also coordinated assurance engagements, such as financial statement audits, reviews and compilations from the planning phase through the reporting phase. She has prepared and reviewed regulatory filings for numerous regulatory agencies including the Security and Exchange Commission.

Prior to these positions she was selected from over 2,000 candidates into an eight-person intensive financial management program at an international technology company. The program consisted of graduate level classroom study and two six-month rotational assignments in financial operations.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. McGivern also holds a license in Massachusetts as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She resides in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian, and their sons Sean, Ryan and Conor and their dog, Davis.

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