2 Chapter 9 Payroll Accounting: Employer Taxes and Reports
3 1 Describe and calculate employer payroll taxes.
4 Employer Payroll Taxes In addition to the gross pay for each employee, the employer must pay payroll taxes FICA FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) SUTA (state unemployment tax) These taxes add substantially to the cost of having employees
5 Employer FICA Taxes Both the employee and employer pay FICA taxes. Each pays an equal share. Social Security = 6.2% on maximum earnings of $106,800 The amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax is obtained from the payroll register.
6 Payroll Register (Left Side) NAME # ALLOW. MARITAL STATUS REGULAR EARNINGS OVER- TIME TOTAL Cadrain, Sarah 4 M 1, , Guder, James 1 S Istone, Ken 6 M Sarah earned $1,660 this period. Kuzmik, Helen 2 M Lee, Hoseoup 3 M Swaney, Linda 2 S Tucci, Paul 5 M Wiles, Harry 1 S , ,835.00
7 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , , , But only $660 of her earnings are below the maximum and therefore subject to Social Security tax , , , , , , , ,835.00
8 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , , , , , This period s total earnings are subject to Social Security tax , , , , , ,835.00
9 Employer FICA Taxes Social Security Taxable Earnings x Tax Rate = Tax $4, x 6.2% = $ $ Withheld from employee Paid by employer $ Total Social Security tax to be paid to the IRS
10 Employer FICA Taxes Medicare = 1.45% of ALL earnings Total Earnings x Tax Rate = Tax $5,835 x 1.45% = $84.61 $84.61 Withheld from employee Paid by employer $ Total Medicare tax to be paid to the IRS
11 Self-Employment Tax Paid by individuals who own and run their own business These individuals can be viewed as both employee and employer They do not receive salary or wages from the business, but they do have earnings in the form of the business net income (self-employment income) Self-employment tax rates are double the Social Security and Medicare rates
12 Employer FUTA Tax The FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) tax is levied on employers to raise funds to administer the combined federal/state unemployment compensation program. The current rate is 6.2% applied to maximum earnings of $7,000 for each employee, but employers are allowed a credit of up to 5.4% for participation in state unemployment programs. Let s look back at the payroll register and determine the FUTA tax owed.
13 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , , , Only one employee s earnings is below the $7,000 earnings limit and therefore subject to the FUTA tax , , , , , , , ,835.00
14 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , A credit of 5.4% is granted because this company participates in a state unemployment program , , , (6.2% 5.4% = 0.8% FUTA rate) , , , , , , ,835.00
15 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , , , FUTA tax is $ , ($ %) , , , , , , ,835.00
16 Employer SUTA Tax Levied on employers in most states The purpose of this tax is to raise funds to pay unemployment benefits A common rate is 5.4% applied to maximum earnings of $7,000 for each employee Most states have a merit-rating system to encourage employers to provide regular employment to workers If an employer has very few former employees receiving unemployment compensation, the employer qualifies for a lower state unemployment tax rate
17 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , , , SUTA tax is $ , ($ %) , , , , , , ,835.00
18 2 Account for employer payroll taxes expense.
19 General Journal 1 2 DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT A journal entry is needed to record the expense and liabilities of these payroll taxes
20 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , Step #1 Obtain the total earnings and taxable earnings amounts from the Earnings Total and Taxable Earnings columns of the payroll register , , , , , , , , , ,835.00
21 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , , Step # , Compute the amount of employer Social Security tax by multiplying the Social Security taxable earnings by 6.2% , , , ($4, % = $299.77) , , , , ,835.00
22 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , Step # , Compute the amount of employer Medicare tax by multiplying total earnings by 1.45% , , ($5, % = $84.61) , , , , , , ,835.00
23 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , Step # , Compute the amount of FUTA tax by multiplying the Unemployment Taxable earnings by 0.8% , , , ($ % = $2.40) , , , , , ,835.00
24 Payroll Register (Left Side) EARNINGS TOTAL CUMULATIVE TOTAL TAXABLE EARNINGS UNEMPLOYMENT COMP. SOCIAL SECURITY 1, , Step # , Compute the amount of SUTA tax by multiplying the Unemployment Taxable earnings by 5.4% , , ($ % = $16.20) , , , , , , ,835.00
25 General Journal DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Step #6 Prepare the appropriate journal entry using the amounts computed in steps
26 Journalizing Employer Payroll Taxes 1 2 DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Dec. 19 Payroll Taxes Expense Social Security Tax Payable Medicare Tax Payable FUTA Tax Payable SUTA Tax Payable Payroll Taxes Expense is debited for the total of all employer taxes. ($ )
27 Journalizing Employer Payroll Taxes 1 2 DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Dec. 19 Payroll Taxes Expense Social Security Tax Payable Medicare Tax Payable FUTA Tax Payable SUTA Tax Payable Employer payroll taxes for week ended Dec
28 Payroll Taxes Expenses PAYROLL TAXES EXPENSE DEBIT CREDIT Debited for the Social Security, Medicare, FUTA, and SUTA taxes imposed on the employer.
29 Social Security Tax Payable SOCIAL SECURITY TAX PAYABLE DEBIT CREDIT Debited when taxes are paid. Credited when taxes are withheld from employees earnings and also for taxes imposed on the employer.
30 Medicare Tax Payable MEDICARE TAX PAYABLE DEBIT CREDIT EXACTLY THE SAME AS SOCIAL SECURITY TAX PAYABLE
31 FUTA Tax Payable FUTA TAX PAYABLE DEBIT CREDIT Debited when taxes are paid. Credited for taxes imposed on the employer.
32 SUTA Tax Payable SUTA TAX PAYABLE DEBIT CREDIT EXACTLY THE SAME AS FUTA TAX PAYABLE
33 Total Payroll Cost of an Employee Gross wages $26,000 Let s look at the total costs of an employee who earns $26,000/year. Use a call out box like this or like below.
34 Total Payroll Cost of an Employee Gross wages $26,000 Social Security 1,612 $26, % Use a call out box like this or like below.
35 Total Payroll Cost of an Employee Gross wages $26,000 Social Security 1,612 Medicare 377 $26, % Use a call out box like this or like below.
36 Total Payroll Cost of an Employee Gross wages $26,000 Social Security 1,612 Medicare 377 SUTA 378 Use a call out box like this or like below. $7, %
37 Total Payroll Cost of an Employee Gross wages $26,000 Social Security 1,612 Medicare 377 SUTA 378 FUTA 56 Use a call out box like this or like below. $7, %
38 Total Payroll Cost of an Employee Gross wages $26,000 Social Security 1,612 Medicare 377 SUTA 378 FUTA 56 $28,423 Use a call out box like this or like below. Total cost!
39 3 Describe employer reporting and payment responsibilities.
40 Reporting and Payment of Taxes Determining when payments of federal income tax withholding, Social Security, and Medicare taxes are due: Accumulated Tax Liability: Less than $2,500 at the end of the current quarter $2,500 or more at the end of the current quarter and $50,000 or less in total during the lookback period $2,500 or more at the end of the current quarter and more than $50,000 in total during the lookback period $100,000 or more on any day during the current quarter Deposit Due: Pay with Form 941 at end of the month following end of the quarter Deposit 15 days after end of the month Deposit every other Wednesday or Friday, depending on day of week payroll payments are made Deposit by the end of the next banking day
41 Lookback Period The four quarters beginning July 1, two years ago, and ending June 30, one year ago Use a call out box Large amounts of payroll taxes like in this or like the lookback period require below. frequent future deposits.
42 Depositing Payroll Taxes Deposits may be made using either: The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) oan electronic funds transfer system orequired for taxpayers who deposited more than $200,000 in the prior year Form 8109 Federal Tax Deposit Coupon osubmitted with the deposit made at: Federal Reserve Bank, or Other authorized commercial bank
43 Form 8109 Includes: Employer Identification Number (EIN) oobtained from the IRS omust be shown on all payroll forms and reports filed with the IRS Amount of the deposit Type of tax Tax period
44 General Journal 1 2 DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Each deposit requires a journal entry
45 General Journal DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Feb. 15 This company s quarterly payroll taxes exceed $2,500; therefore, the January deposit is due on the 15th of February. 11
46 Journal Entry for Taxes Deposit 1 2 DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Feb. 15 Employee Income Tax Payable Social Security Tax Payable 2, , Medicare Tax Payable This payment includes both the employer and employee portions and leaves the liability accounts with zero balances
47 Journal Entry for Taxes Deposit 1 2 DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Feb. 15 Employee Income Tax Payable Social Security Tax Payable 2, , Medicare Tax Payable Cash Deposit of employee federal income tax and Social Security and Medicare taxes 5,850.88
48 Form 941 Employer s Quarterly Federal Tax Return Must be filed with the IRS at the end of the month following each calendar quarter odue April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31 Reports the following taxes for the quarter: oemployee federal income tax withheld oemployee Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld oemployer Social Security and Medicare taxes
49 FUTA Taxes Calculated quarterly The deposit is due by the end of the month following the close of the quarter A deposit is required only when the amount exceeds $500 oif the liability is $500 or below, the amount is added to the following quarter s deposit FUTA taxes are deposited using Form 8109 or EFTPS
50 Journal Entry for Payment of FUTA Taxes 1 2 DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Apr. 30 FUTA Tax Payable Cash FUTA is paid on the first $7,000 of earnings per employee. The first quarter s deposit is usually the largest
51 Journal Entry for Payment of FUTA Taxes DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Apr. 30 FUTA Tax Payable Cash Paid federal unemployment tax
52 SUTA Taxes Usually required on a quarterly basis Forms required vary by state
53 Journal Entry for Payment of SUTA Taxes DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Apr. 30 SUTA Tax Payable 2, Cash 2, Paid state unemployment tax
54 Wage and Tax Statement W-2 Given to each employee by January 31 Shows the total amount of wages paid and taxes withheld during the preceding taxable year Prepared from the employee earnings record Multiple copies are needed for the following purposes: ocopy A Employer sends to Social Security Administration ocopy B Employee attaches to federal income tax return ocopy C Employee retains for his or her own records ocopy D Employer retains for business records ocopy 1 Employer sends to state or local tax department ocopy 2 Employee attaches to state, city, or local income tax return
55 Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statement (Form W-3) Sent by employers with Copy A of Forms W-2 to the Social Security Administration Due by February 28 following the end of each taxable year Summarizes employee earnings and tax information presented on Forms W-2 for the year
56 4 Describe and account for workers compensation insurance
57 Workers Compensation Insurance Provides insurance for employees who suffer job-related illness or injury Required by most states The employer usually pays the entire cost The rate depends on the: onumber of employees, riskiness of the job, and company s accident history The employer usually pays the premium at the beginning of the year, based on the estimated payroll for the year othe year-end adjustment is made when the actual payroll is known
58 Workers Compensation Insurance EXAMPLE: Lockwood Co. expects its payroll for the year to be $210,000. Its workers compensation insurance rate is 0.2%. Estimated Payroll x Rate = Estimated Insurance Premium $210,000 x = $420.00
59 Journal Entry for Insurance Premium Payment DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Jan. 2 Workers Comp. Ins. Expense Cash Paid insurance premium. Lockwood Co. pays the premium based on estimated payroll costs
60 Workers Compensation Insurance EXAMPLE: If Lockwood s actual payroll for the year is $220,000, what adjustment is needed? Actual Payroll x Rate = Estimated Insurance Premium $220,000 x = $ Premium paid $ Additional premium due $20.00
61 Journal Entry for Insurance Premium Adjustment DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Dec. 31 Workers Comp. Ins. Expense Workers Comp. Ins. Pay Adjustment for insurance premium
62 Workers Compensation Insurance EXAMPLE: What if Lockwood s actual payroll had been $205,000 instead? Actual Payroll x Rate = Estimated Insurance Premium $205,000 x = $ Premium paid $ Refund due $(10.00)
63 Journal Entry for Insurance Premium Adjustment DATE DESCRIPTION PR DEBIT CREDIT Dec. 31 Insurance Refund Receivable Workers Comp. Ins. Exp Adjustment for insurance premium
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