There are two methods for determining deposits: the regular method and the alternative method.
The regular method applies to all taxes in Part I of Form 720 except for communications and air transportation taxes if deposits are based on amounts billed or tickets sold, rather than on amounts actually collected. See Alternative method, below.
If you are depositing more than one tax under a method, combine all the taxes under the method and make one deposit for the semimonthly period.taxmap/pubs/p510-051.htm#en_us_publink1000117336
The deposit of tax for a semimonthly period is due by the 14th day following that period. Generally, this is the 29th day of a month for the first semimonthly period and the 14th day of the following month for the second semimonthly period. If the 14th or the 29th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, you must make the deposit by the immediately preceding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. taxmap/pubs/p510-051.htm#en_us_publink1000117337
Deposits of communications and air transportation taxes may be based on taxes included in amounts billed or tickets sold during a semimonthly period instead of on taxes actually collected during the period. Under the alternative method, the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during a semimonthly period is considered collected during the first 7 days of the second following semimonthly period. The deposit of tax is due by the 3rd banking day after the 7th day of that period.
For an example of the alternative method, see the Instructions for Form 720.
To use the alternative method, you must keep a separate account of the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the month and report on Form 720 the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold and not the amount of tax that is actually collected. For example, amounts billed in December, January, and February are considered collected during January, February, and March and are reported on Form 720 as the tax for the 1st quarter of the calendar year.
The separate account for each month must reflect:
- All items of tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the month, and
- Other items of adjustment relating to tax for prior months (within the statute of limitations on credits or refunds).
The separate account for any month cannot include an adjustment resulting from a refusal to pay or inability to collect unless the refusal has been reported to the IRS. See Uncollected Tax Report in chapter 4.
The net amount of tax that is considered collected during the semimonthly period must be either:
- The net amount of tax reflected in the separate account for the corresponding semimonthly period of the preceding month, or
- One-half of the net amount of tax reflected in the separate account for the preceding month.
See the Instructions for Form 720 for a special rule on deposits made in September.