February 18, 1998
IRS Expands Business Tax Filing
by Telephone to Employers Nationwide
WASHINGTON - The Internal
Revenue Service is making it easier for more than three million business taxpayers to file
their quarterly Form 941 payroll returns.
The nation's smaller businesses can now use a system called
941 TeleFile to file by telephone. Similar to the TeleFile system for individual returns,
941TeleFile is free, paperless, and automatically calculates the tax and any balance owed.
Within the next few weeks, businesses potentially eligible to
use 941 TeleFile for the first quarter of 1998 will receive special 941TeleFile packages
in the mail. The package includes instructions, payment vouchers for those who owe money
and paper Forms 941 for those who may not qualify for 941 TeleFile.
Last year, 941TeleFile was successfully tested in the District
of Columbia and 14 states in the southeastern United States, an area from Delaware through
Louisiana. More than 224,900 returns were filed by phone during the test.
"The 941TeleFile system makes filing quicker, easier and
more convenient for businesses," said IRS Commissioner Charles 0. Rossotti. "I
am confident that business owners will take up 941TeleFile just as quickly as individuals
have adopted TeleFile."
Businesses may also pay their federal taxes electronically --
using a telephone or a personal computer -- through IRS's Electronic Federal Tax Payment
System (EFTPS). This system eliminates paper tax deposit coupons and trips to the bank for
businesses. Over 1.5 million businesses have already enrolled to pay their taxes through
"The 941 TeleFile and EFTPS are two ways the IRS is
providing modern, electronic service for taxpayers, whether individuals or
businesses," said Rossotti.
(Editors: The states are for the 941 TeleFile pilot were
Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.)
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