941-X: 24. Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax, Form Instructions

The “Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax” section is listed as question #24 under Part 3 of Form 941-X, which is needed to claim the employee retention tax credit. Instructions are below for the Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax section.

Form 941-X:

24. Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax

Part 3: Enter the corrections for this quarter. If any line doesn’t apply, leave it blank. (continued)

24. Deferred amount of social security tax* (Form 941 or 941-SS, line 13b)

Adjusted Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund

Part 3, “24. Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax“ from Form 941X published by the Department of the Treasury – Internal Revenue Service (IRS), OMB No. 1545-0029, revised in April 2022.

Instructions for Form 941-X:

24. Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax

Use Form 941-X, line 24, if you need to correct the deferred amount of the employer share of social security tax for the second, third, or fourth quarter of 2020, and/or the deferred amount of the employee share of social security tax for the third or fourth quarter of 2020, that you reported on Form 941, line 13b. Enter the total corrected amount in column 1. In column 2, enter the amount you originally reported or as previously corrected by you or the IRS. In column 3, enter the difference between columns 1 and 2.

Copy the amount in column 3 to column 4. However, because an increase to the deferred amount of the employer and/or the employee share of social security tax defers the payment due, to properly show the amount as a deferral of payment, enter a positive number in column 3 as a negative number in column 4. A decrease to the deferred amount of the employer and/or the employee share of social security tax decreases the payment you can defer and must be shown as a balance due item; therefore, to properly show the amount as a balance due item, enter a negative number in column 3 as a positive number in column 4. If you make any corrections to the deferred amount of the employee share of social security tax on Form 941-X, line 24, you may also need to make a correction on Form 941-X, line 33b.

Be sure to explain the reasons for any corrections on line 43.

Deferred amount of the employer share of social se-curity tax. If you’re filing Form 941-X to increase the amount of social security wages paid on or after March 27, 2020, and before January 1, 2021, so that there is an additional amount of social security tax that hasn’t yet been paid, and hasn’t yet been deferred, then you may use Form 941-X to increase the amount of the deferred employer share of social security tax originally reported on Form 941, line 13b. If you’re filing Form 941-X to decrease the amount of social security wages paid on or after March 27, 2020, and before January 1, 2021, so that there is a decrease in the amount of social security tax that is eligible for deferral, then you must use Form 941-X to decrease the amount of the deferred employer share of social security tax originally reported on Form 941, line 13b, if the decrease in wages causes the amount you originally deferred to exceed the amount that is now eligible for deferral.

Otherwise, you may only correct the amount of the deferred employer share of social security tax if the amount originally reported on Form 941, line 13b, isn’t the amount you actually deferred (for example, you incorrectly reported the amount that you actually deferred). If you already paid the correct amount of the employer’s share of social security tax for a calendar quarter during the payroll tax deferral period, you may not subsequently defer the payment by filing Form 941-X. See IRS.gov/ETD for more information about the interaction of credits and the deferral of employment tax deposits and payments.

The deferred amount of the employer share of social security tax was only available for deposits and payments due on or after March 27, 2020, and before January 1, 2021, as well as deposits and payments due after January 1, 2021, that were required for wages paid during the quarter ending on December 31, 2020. One-half of the deferred amount of the employer share of social security tax was due by December 31, 2021, and the remainder is due by December 31, 2022. Because both December 31, 2021, and December 31, 2022, are nonbusiness days, payments made on the next business day will be considered timely. 

Any payments or deposits you made before December 31, 2021, were first applied against your payment due on December 31, 2021, and then applied against your payment due on December 31, 2022. For more information about the deferral of employment tax deposits, go to IRS.gov/ETD and see the Instructions for Form 941, available at IRS.gov/Form941.

Deferred amount of the employee share of social se-curity tax. You may only correct the amount of the deferred employee share of social security tax if the amount originally reported on Form 941, line 13b, isn’t the amount you actually deferred (for example, you incorrectly reported the amount that you actually deferred). If you already paid the correct amount of the employee’s share of social security tax, you may not subsequently defer the payment by filing Form 941-X.

The deferred amount of the employee share of social security tax was only available for social security wages of less than $4,000 paid to an employee in any biweekly pay period (or the equivalent threshold amount for other pay periods) paid on a pay date during the period beginning on September 1, 2020, and ending on December 31, 2020. The due date for withholding and payment of the deferred employee share of social security tax was postponed until the period beginning on January 1, 2021, and ending on December 31, 2021.

The employer was liable to pay the deferred employee share of social security tax to the IRS and was required to do so before January 1, 2022, to avoid interest, penalties, and additions to tax on those amounts. Because January 1, 2022, was a nonbusiness day, payments made on January 3, 2022, were considered timely. For more information about the deferral of the employee share of social security tax, see Notice 2020-65, 2020-38 I.R.B. 567, available at IRS.gov/irb/2020-38_IRB#NOT-2020-65; and Notice 2021-11, 2021-06 I.R.B. 827, available at IRS.gov/irb/2021-06_IRB#NOT-2021-11.

Adjusted Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund

Instructions for Part 3, “24. Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax“ came from the IRS Instructions for Form 941-X published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Department of the Treasury, revised in April 2022.

Conclusion and Summary on 941-X: 24. Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax, Form Instructions

The “Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax” section is just one of forty three detailed questions and calculations you must complete correctly on the 941X IRS Form. Listed as question #24 under Part 3 of the 941X, be sure to answer the Deferred Amount of Social Security Tax question #24 correctly.

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