If you own a business and have employees, you are probably all too familiar with the issues regarding calculating and paying payroll taxes. With all of the federal and state calculations for payroll taxes, it can be confusing to figure out how much to pay, how often to pay it and what to do if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t pay.
Many businesses either fail to calculate the correct amount of payroll taxes or fail to get their payroll taxes completed in a timely fashion. This leads to penalties, interest accruals and eventually, an unmanageable situation of business tax debt.
In addition to it being easy for a business owner to miscalculate or miss payments for payroll taxes, the state or IRS may not notice the problem for months or even years. Over that time, penalties and interest accrue while debt grows to the point that it becomes difficult to pay the taxes, penalties and interest in full.
If you are behind on paying payroll taxes for your company, WATCH OUT! The IRS is extremely aggressive pursuing collection of this type of tax. They would rather seize your business assets, close you down, sell your assets at auction, and put you out of business than allow you to continue amassing additional payroll tax liabilities.
If you are behind on your payroll taxes, DO NOT meet with the IRS on your own. How you answer their initial questions can determine whether you stay in business or not. It is critical you hire a professional representative who knows how the IRS operates.