Overview of Federal Payroll (Employment) Taxes

Federal taxes apply to all employees, regardless of their work location. There are three types of Federal taxes:


Federal Income Tax for Employees

The amount of federal income tax that is withheld from employee's paycheck depends on the employee's wages, their marital status, and the number of exemptions (e.g., for depende... Learn more

Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) Taxes

There are two parts to the FICA taxes: Medicare and Social Security. Medicare Taxes fund the Medicare hospital insurance system. Social Security taxes fund the federal Social S... Learn more

Social Security Taxes for Employers and Employees

Social Security taxes are one half of the Federal Insurance Collections Act (FICA) taxes. Social Security taxes fund the federal Social Security system for retirement, survivors... Learn more

Medicare Taxes for Employers and Employees

Medicare taxes are one half of the Federal Insurance Collections Act (FICA) taxes, and fund the Medicare hospital insurance system. Social Security taxes, the other half, fund t... Learn more

Federal Unemployment Taxes

The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax helps to pay unemployment benefits to workers who lose their jobs. FUTA taxes are paid only by employers. Employees do not have any a... Learn more

Federal Income Taxes on Supplementary Wages

The amount of Federal taxes withheld from supplemental wages depends, in part, on how the supplemental wages are paid in relation to normal wages.If paid as part of normal wages... Learn more

Exemptions from Federal Payroll Taxes

Some types of businesses, such as non-profits. can claim exemptions from some federal taxes. Non-profit organizations classified under Section 501(c)(3) are exempt ... Learn more

Federal Tax Return Forms for Employers

In most cases, companies will report the amounts withheld for FICA and Federal income taxes on a quarterly basis with Form 941. Only companies notified by the IRS should fil... Learn more

I have a question about Federal, State, or Local filings

If your company does not use Zenefits Payroll, please reach out to your payroll provider to discuss your federal, state, or local tax filings. Since Zenefits does not file these... Learn more

My Employee's tax information is incorrect

Employee's tax information is setup in payroll based on the employees work location, home address, and personal tax information entered in their dashboard. To update an employee... Learn more

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