The IRS provides statistics that underscore the importance of payroll professionals to the integrity of the tax system.  Internal Revenue Service Data Book, 2016, 3-30-17; detailed information on this and other IRS statistics can be found at

This source reports that of the $3.33 trillion that was paid into the Treasury for 2016, $2.28 trillion was transmitted by employers for employment taxes.  This represents 68.5% of all federal  reserve funds.

Compliance related to employment tax requirements continue to be a problem area.  The IRS assessed 5.9 million civil penalties amounting to over $6 billion additional dollars for employer payroll tax issues.

Source:  APA; April 7, 2017 • Volume # 25 • Issue # 4


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