I your small business has employees, you need to withhold and pay Georgia AND Federal income tax on a regular basis. There are five possible payment schedules for withholding taxes in Georgia:

  • Next-business-day
  • Semi-weekly
  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • Annually

Your payment schedule depends on the average amount you withhold from employee wages over time. The more you withhold, the more frequently you need to make withholding tax payments. (Note: The IRS requires three deposit schedules: semi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly if your overall liability is $2,500 or less.)

Threshold dollar amounts for the different payment schedules may change over time, so check with us (or the Georgia Department of Revenue) at least once a year for the latest information. Due dates for payments are:

  • Semi-weekly: Payments are due by Wednesday for amounts withheld on the preceding Wednesday, Thursday or Friday — or by Friday for amounts withheld on the preceding Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.
  • Monthly: Payments are due by the 15th day of the month following the month in which the tax was withheld.
  • Quarterly: Payments are due by the last day of the month following the end of the quarter.
  • Annually: Payment is due by January 31st.
Businesses making semi-weekly or monthly payments must also file quarterly withholding tax returns. (Quarterly and annual filers only need to file the correct version of Form G-7.) G-7 returns are due on or before the last day of the month following the end of the quarter:
  • April 30 for 1Q (Jan–Mar)
  • July 31 for 2Q (Apr–Jun)
  • October 31 for 3Q (July–Sep)
  • January 31 for 4Q (Oct–Dec)

For specific dates and forms, please refer to the Georgia Department of Revenue website.

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