What you'll find here:

  • Important information to help you prepare for quarter-end.
  • Timely topics, upcoming tax law changes, and important dates to plan for tax year 2024.

2024 Quarter-End Tax Information - First Quarter

  • First Quarter Reporting Deadline – March 29, 4:00 p.m. local time

    First Quarter Reporting Deadline – March 29, 4:00 p.m. local time

    The deadline for reporting first quarter payroll information or changes to your Service Representative is Friday, March 29, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. local time

    Please review your quarter-end information using the third quarter checklist and report these items to your Service Representative on or before your final payroll of the quarter so that we can accurately calculate your payroll and tax deposit information.

    If you need any adjustments after the deadline, please inform your Service Representative immediately. We can reprocess the tax returns after the deadline; however, there will be an additional charge and a processing delay.

    Note: If you work with an accounting professional, please remind them to report payroll-related adjustments on or before the deadline.

  • Quarter-End Checklist

    Quarter-End Checklist

    Be sure to download the Quarter-End Checklist to help you close out the quarter. 


  • Quarter-End Collections for Taxpay® Clients

    Quarter-End Collections for Taxpay® Clients

    Paychex provides Taxpay clients with an Outstanding Tax Liabilities (OTL) Report in your Quarter-End tax packages. This report lists the dates that Paychex will remit your quarterly taxes to the appropriate tax agencies and indicates whether additional taxes will be credited to or debited from your account. The OTL Report contains two sections:

    1. Outstanding Tax Liabilities (OTL) for Quarter-End. This section provides advance notification of any collections Paychex will make from your account. The tax amounts shown in this section will be debited from your bank account on Monday, April 22, 2024. April 20 (normal collection date) is a Saturday. Tax rate changes or taxes calculated at the end of quarters are the most common reasons we may need to make an adjustment to your account. Please ensure that sufficient funds are available in your account before the due date, so Paychex can remit your tax payments on time.
    2. Tax Deposits made by Paychex for you. This section lists any tax amounts that were previously collected by Paychex throughout the quarter and the date Paychex will remit them to the corresponding tax agency.
  • Quarter-End Tax Package

    Quarter-End Tax Package

    You may find several versions of tax returns in you Quarter-End tax package:

    • The tax returns that you must file are located behind the cover sheet labeled Original Returns.
    • Reference copies of your returns are included behind the cover sheet labeled File Copies. Please retain the reference copies of all tax returns in compliance with federal and state regulations.

    State returns facsimiles:

    A few states will not allow Paychex to reproduce their returns. If you must file any of these affected returns, we have enclosed a facsimile report with your tax package that includes the following message:

    “Transfer this information to the return provided by the state. Do not file the facsimile.”

    Follow these instructions to remit the return to the agency:

    1. Transfer the information from the facsimile to the pre-printed return provided by the tax agency > sign the return > make a copy of the completed return for your files.
    2.  If the return shows a balance due, enclose a check made payable to the name of the agency > write your ID number on the check.

    Important note for Taxpay clients:

    If you have any of the following situations for tax agencies on your payroll account:

    • Tax agencies what do not allow Paychex to remit returns on your behalf.
    • Paychex cannot remit returns because we do not have proper documentation of your agency ID or Power of Attorney.
    • You have requested that Paychex not remit returns to a specific tax agency.
    • You are considered non-Taxpay for these tax agencies.

    Be sure to file the original return included in your tax package and refer to the non-Taxpay instructions in this document for the tax agency.

    Paychex Flex® – Access Quarter-to-Date, Year-to-Date Reports, and Employee Earnings Records
    You can find many payroll, quarterly, and tax reports under Quick Reports, including:

    Payroll Reports > Employee Earnings Records and Year-to-Date Reports
    Tax Reports > Quarterly Report and Tax Return

    Go to find and run Quick Reports.
    For reports you access on a regular basis, you create and manage report sets.

  • Processing Bonus Checks

    Processing Bonus Checks

    Many clients process bonus checks during the last month of a quarter. You can process bonus checks with your regular payroll or process a separate payroll if you need a different check date or separate Payroll Journal report. You can also specify how you would like the bonus checks taxed and what adjustments/deductions you want withheld.

    Note: If Paychex is your 401(k) Recordkeeper, you must withhold 401(k) contributions on these checks according to the plan document.

    Paychex Flex - Bonus Checks
    Here are some helpful links for managing bonuses in Paychex Flex: 

    If you want to process a separate bonus payroll, here’s a short demo and instructions about adding a new pay period.

    Do you want to surprise your employees with bonus checks? You can hide online check status for a pay period. Your secret will be safe because employees will not be notified these checks in advance. 

    Would you like to hand out bonus checks during a special event rather than have the funds be direct deposit transactions? You can block direct deposit for all checks in a pay period

  • Identification Numbers

    Identification Numbers

    Verify that your assigned identification (ID) numbers appear correctly on all returns. If any of the following information is incorrect, contact your Service Representative immediately:

    • If an ID is missing, please print it in any applicable original return(s). In addition, please forward the ID number to your payroll contact.
    • If your return shows "APPLIED FOR" but you have been assigned an ID number, white out "APPLIED FOR," and enter your ID number in any applicable original return(s). In addition, please forward the ID number to your payroll contact.

    Paychex Flex® – Update Missing Tax IDs
    If you want to update missing federal, state, or local tax IDs in Paychex Flex, go to Learn how to update a missing tax ID or use these instructions.

  • Federal Tax Reminders - EFTPS, 941 Return, and FLSA

    Federal Tax Reminders - EFTPS, 941 Return, and FLSA

    Electronic Federal Tax Payment Service (EFTPS)

    All employers should be making payments electronically on the EFTPS websiteThe only exception to this rule is that taxpayers who file Form 941 can send a check with the return if their liability is $2,500.00 or less for the quarter. Similarly, if the taxpayer is a Form 944 filer, they can remit taxes due with the return if their liability is $2,500.00 or less annually.

    The IRS requires us to notify our Taxpay clients that although Paychex is designated as the Reporting Agent on Form 8655 (Reporting Agent Authorization), this does not relieve you from liability if tax payments and/or returns are not remitted by the due date. The IRS recommends that clients enroll in and use EFTPS to ascertain whether an agent has made all required deposits on time. Most state agencies provide ways for you to verify tax payments as well; contact your state agency for this information. Please be assured that Paychex makes every effort to remit your tax payments and returns on time. If any issues do arise, we work with you and the agency to resolve the situation.

    Form 941 - Employer's Quarterly Tax Return

    On the 941 return:

    • Line 1, Number of Employees, must be completed for each quarter.
    • If you do not have to file a Form 941 for one or more quarters in 2023, check the Seasonal Employer box on page 3, Line 18 and tell your service representative.

    Taxpay clients: 

    You will receive a reference copy of the return in your quarterly tax package that you should keep for your records. You may have an explanation for adjustment on lines 7 and 8 and/or Schedule B, if required.

    Non-Taxpay clients: 

    Your quarter-end tax package will include a file-ready Form 941.

    1. Verify your federal employer identification number (FEIN), name, and address.

    • If the FEIN is incorrect, contact your service representative immediately.
    • If your name and/or address are not correct, contact your service representative immediately. Cross out the incorrect information and clearly write in the correct information.

    2. Verify that the amount on line 13a equals your total deposits for the quarter.

    • If you have not deposited the amount shown on line 13a, contact your service representative before filing the return. You may be subject to an additional penalty for any overstatement of liability paid.

    3. If you paid a deposit of $100,000.00 or more during the quarter or are a semi-weekly filer, file the enclosed Schedule B with your Form 941.

    Note: If you believe you are a next-day or semiweekly depositor, but no Schedule B is enclosed, contact your Service Representative to confirm your federal deposit frequency.

    4. If line 14 shows a balance due:

    • Deposit the liability electronically.
    • Payments can be made with the return only in the following circumstances:
      • If you have less than $2,500.00 of tax liability during the quarter (line 12 on Form 941). If you are not confident that your liability will be less than $2,500 deposit under the appropriate rules so that you won't be subject to failure to deposit penalties, or
      • If you are a monthly depositor and make a payment based on the Accuracy of Deposits Rule. This payment can be $2,500.00 or more.

    See Publication 15 2023 (Circular E) Employer's Tax Guide  > section 11, Depositing Taxes, for details. 

    If you meet the requirements to make a payment with the return, enclose a check made payable to the United States Treasury with the return. Write your FEIN, "Form 941," and the tax period to which the payment applies on your check.

    5. Sign the return and mail it on or before October 2, 2023, (September 30 is a Saturday), or October 11, 2023, if all third quarter 2023 taxes were deposited in full and on time. Refer to Where to File Tax Returns for the correct address.

    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Reminder

    Commissions, certain bonuses, and other types of compensation may need to be accounted for when determining the overtime pay owed to an employee under the FLSA and state wage laws. To include commissions, bonuses or other types of compensation into your overtime calculation, advise your service representative. If you are uncertain whether to do so, consult your attorney or accountant.

  • State Tax Changes - First Quarter

    State Tax Changes - First Quarter

    The following is a summary of significant state changes that are starting in first quarter 2024. For more detailed information about theseand other state changes, go to the State Tax Filing Resources.

    Alabama Overtime Effective Jan. 1, 2024, overtime pay for hourly Alabama employees working more than 40 hours a week is exempt from state income tax. The law is currently in effect through June 30, 2025, but may be extended.

    2024 State W-4 Changes – Georgia, Iowa, and Montana all have changes to their W-4 forms.

    Illinois Commuter Tax – Effective Jan. 1, 2024, many Illinois employers are required to offer pre-tax commuter benefits to their employees if they meet all of the requirements: Go to the State Tax Filing Resources | Illinois for a list of the requirements.

    South Carolina Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes – Effective first quarter 2024, the South Carolina (SC) Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) has mandated that SOC codes and number of hours be reported on the quarterly return.

    Washington SOC codes - Starting with first quarter 2024, the Washington ESD will begin assessing “incomplete report” penalties to clients if employers fail to report SOC codes for employees.

Additional Resources

You may find this information helpful throughout the year.

2024 Payroll Calendar (Federal Banking Holidays)

To help you plan payroll reporting and processing this year we have created the 2024 Payroll Calendar.

2024 Minimum Wage

2024 minimum wage changes for states and locals all in one place.

2024 Tax Bulletin

We've created this Tax Bulletin to give you important information for 2024, including wage base limits for social security and Medicare tax and reminders about Forms W-4.

State Resources

State Resources for Your Businees helps you gain an understanding about obligations you have state taxes, including tax rates, minimum wage rates, SUI wage bases, workplace retirement programs, worker safety, and more.

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