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Part 1 of 5: Paying your employees
Part 2 of 5: What are payroll taxes?
Part 3 of 5: Paying taxes
Part 4 of 5: Payroll tax reporting and forms
Part 5 of 5: Recap
Frequently asked questions

Introduction to payroll and taxes

This document explains some of the basics of payroll processing and your obligations as an employer. Intuit payroll services are designed to help you with the entire payroll process.

There are three main things you need to do that are related to payroll:

  • Pay your employees: Calculate gross pay and taxes withheld each pay period.
  • Pay taxes: Pay taxes withheld from employees' paychecks as well as the tax liabilities you incur as an employer to the appropriate government agencies, such as the IRS or your state's department of revenue.
  • File tax forms: Forms must be processed every quarter. Even if you've paid everything you owe, you still have to file tax forms that report your liabilities.

Following is some common payroll terminology. For more details, see IRS Publication 15, Employer's Tax Guide.

Part 1 of 5: Paying your employees

Part 2 of 5: What are payroll taxes?

Part 3 of 5: Paying taxes

As an employer, you remit taxes to the IRS and to your state agencies either by paying electronically or by using a form provided by the tax agency. Before examining the timing of tax deposit due dates or deposit frequency, let's look at some common payroll terms.

Part 4 of 5: Payroll tax reporting and forms

Now that you've given all your employees accurate paychecks and paid all the payroll taxes you owe, you have one more responsibility: filing tax forms. This section provides an overview of the types of form filings required of all employers.

Part 5 of 5: Recap

Frequently asked questions

Following are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from new employers. If you have additional questions, please contact Payroll Support.

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