Generally, semimonthly deposits of excise taxes are required. A semimonthly period is the first 15 days of a month (the first semimonthly period) or the 16th through the last day of a month (the second semimonthly period).
However, no deposit is required for the situations listed below; the taxes are payable with Form 720.
- The net liability for taxes listed in Part I (Form 720) does not exceed $2,500 for the quarter.
- The gas guzzler tax is being paid on a one-time filing.
- The liability is for taxes listed in Part II (Form 720), except for the floor stocks tax which generally requires a single deposit.
To avoid a penalty, make your deposits timely and do not mail your deposits directly to the IRS. Records of your deposits will be sent to the IRS for crediting to your accounts.taxmap/pubs/p510-050.htm#en_us_publink1000117332
You must make electronic deposits of all depository taxes (such as deposits for employment tax, excise tax, and corporate income tax) using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) in 2009 if:
- The total deposits of such taxes in 2007 exceeded $200,000 or
- You were required to use EFTPS in 2008 or any prior year.
If you are required to use EFTPS and use Form 8109, Federal Tax Deposit Coupon, instead, you may be subject to a 10% penalty. If you are not required to use EFTPS, you may participate voluntarily. To get more information or to enroll in EFTPS, visit the EFTPS website at www.eftps.gov
, or call 1-800-555-4477. Also see Publication 966, The Secure Way to Pay Your Federal Taxes.
Depositing on time. For EFTPS deposits to be on time, you must initiate the transaction at least 1 day before the date the deposit is due (before 8:00 p.m. Eastern time). taxmap/pubs/p510-050.htm#en_us_publink1000117333
If you are not making deposits by EFTPS, use Form 8109 to make the deposits at an authorized financial institution. See the instructions in the coupon book for additional information. If you do not have a coupon book, call 1-800-829-4933.
You will automatically be enrolled in EFTPS when you apply for an EIN. You will receive a separate mailing containing instructions for activating your EFTPS enrollment after you receive your EIN. You will still have the option to use FTD coupons, but see Electronic deposit requirement, earlier.