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UPDATE: Instructions Revised For IRS Form 941-X, Adjusted Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund

The IRS has recently revised the instructions for Form 941-X. Here’s everything you need to know to stay on top of your tax game.

Earlier in 2021, the IRS released a revised version of Form 941-X, which specifically deals with the adjusted Employer’s quarterly federal tax return or claim for refund. The instructions have also been revised to help taxpayers accommodate the new reporting guidelines. 

The revision allows taxpayers to report and correct certain COVID-19-related employment tax credits, such as paid sick wages, employee retention credits, and more, which were previously incorrectly reported on Form 941

The IRS recommends using the revised returns and instructions to be consistent with the reporting guidelines and avoid rejected returns.

Form 941-X Revisions: What Really Changed

New Credits

The revised Form 941-X has a comprehensive table of contents that helps the taxpayers report Covid-specific information previously incorrectly reported on Form 941. 

Covid-19 new credits include paid qualified sick and family leave wages, employee retention credit, and the COBRA premium assistance tax credit.

New Worksheets

The revised instructions include four new worksheets in addition to the one worksheet that the IRS Form 941 previously included. The four new worksheets are used to figure and report additional credits. Worksheet 1 has also been updated. It is essential for third-party payers to complete each worksheet for each client they work with. 

Blank Lines 

The revised instructions allow taxpayers to leave certain lines blank if the context doesn’t apply to the taxpayer. 

If Quarterly Corrections Began BeforeThen Leave These Lines Blank
April 1, 20209, 10, 17, 18a, 24, 25, 26a, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33a, 33b, and 34.
April 1, 202118b, 18c, 18d, 26b, 26c, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40.
July 1, 2021Line 31b

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