2020 American Small Business Payroll Calendar

Wagepoint American Small Business Payroll Calendar 

This is the 2020 American Payroll Calendar. If you're looking for the Canadian Calendar, click here

Keeping up with payroll dates and holidays can be a challenge, which is why we put together the Wagepoint 2020 Payroll Calendar.

It gives you a year-long overview of key small business payroll deadlines — so you can focus on running your business without worrying about missing important dates.

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2020 Payroll Calendar Dates [List Format]

January

Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day — All banks closed*

Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 — Semi-Weekly Depositor Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. – Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Jan. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Jan. 15 — Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due | 4th Quarter 2019 Estimated Business Tax Payments (Self-Employed or applicable small business)

Jan 20 — MLK Day — All banks closed*

Jan. 31 — Payment Deadline:

Annual Reporter Payroll Tax Deposit Due 

Filing Deadline:

Form W-2s with Form W-3s (File with the SSA and provide copies to employees)**

Form 940 — Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Form 941 Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

Form 944 — (If notified by the IRS to do so)

Form 945 — Non-Payroll Withholding

Copy A of Paper Form 1099 (Miscellaneous Income) with Form 1096 — with Entries for Box 7 (Payments to Contract Workers)

February

Feb. 2 — Groundhog Day

Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payroll Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. – Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Feb. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day

Feb. 17 — President’s Day — All banks closed* | Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

Feb. 25 — Mardi Gras

Feb. 28 — Manual Filing Deadline:

Copy A of Paper Form 1099 (Miscellaneous Income) with Form 1096 — With NO Entries for Box 7 (Payments to Contract Workers)

Paper Form 8027 (Employer’s Report of Tipped Income)

Paper W-2s (AZ, AK, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NJ, NM, WV)

Paper and Electronic W-2s (OK)**

Feb. 29 — Leap Day

March

Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Mar.  6, 13, 20, 27 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Mar. 8 — Daylight Saving Time Begins

Mar. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Mar. 16 — Payment Deadline:

Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits

Tax Filing Deadline:

C, S-corps and partnerships

Mar. 17 — St. Patrick’s Day

Mar. 19 — First Day of Spring

April

Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Apr. 2 — Electronic Filing Deadline:

Forms 1099 and 8027

State W-2s and 1099s (AZ, AK, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NJ, NM, WV)**

Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Apr. 10 — Good Friday | Tipped Income Reports Due

Apr. 12 — Easter

Apr. 13 — Easter Monday

Apr. 15 — Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due | 1st Quarter Estimated Business Tax Payments (Self-Employed or applicable small business)

Apr. 15 — Filing Deadline:

Federal income tax (individuals and sole proprietors)

Final day to make estimated tax payments for 2019 (C-corps)

Last day to contribute to retirement and health savings accounts

Apr. 16 — Emancipation Day (Washington DC only) — Some banks closed*

Apr. 22 — Earth Day

Apr. 23 — First Day of Ramadan

Apr. 30 — Quarterly Filing Deadline:

Form 941 Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

May

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

May 5 — Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 13, 20, 27 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

May 10 — Mother's Day

May 11 — Tipped Income Reports Due

May 15 — Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

May 23 — Last Day of Ramadan

May 25 — Memorial Day — All banks closed*

June

Jun. 3, 10, 17, 24 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Jun. 5, 12, 19, 26 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Jun. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Jun. 15 — Payment Deadline:

Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

2nd Quarter Estimated Business Tax Payments (Self-Employed or applicable small business)

Jun. 20 — First Day of Summer

Jun. 21 — Father's Day

July

Jul. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Jul. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Jul. 3 — Independence Day observed — All banks closed*

Jul. 4 — Independence Day

Jul. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Jul. 15 — Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

Jul. 31 — Quarterly Filing Deadline:

Form 941 Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

August

Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Aug. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Aug. 17 — Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

September

Sep. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Sep. 4, 11, 18, 25 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Sep. 7 — Labor Day — All banks closed*

Sep. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Sep. 15 — Payment Deadline:

Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

3rd Quarter Estimated Business Tax Payments (Self-Employed or applicable small business)

Sep. 22 — First Day of Fall

October

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues.      (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Oct. 12 — Columbus Day — All banks closed*

Oct. 13 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Oct. 15 — Payment Deadline:

Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

Individuals and sole proprietors that filed an extension in April

Filing Deadline:

C-corps using electronic Form 1120

Oct. 31 — Halloween

November

Nov. 1 — Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov. 2 — Quarterly Filing Deadline:

Form 941 Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payroll Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Nov. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Nov. 11 — Veteran's Day — All banks closed*

Nov. 14 — Diwali

Nov. 16 — Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

Nov. 26 — Thanksgiving — All banks closed*

December

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes or Payrolls Issued Wed. - Fri. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25 — Semi-Weekly Payroll Taxes for Payrolls Issued Sat. - Tues. (Due one week after the payroll is issued)

Dec. 10 — First Day of Hanukkah

Dec. 10 — Tipped Income Reports Due

Dec. 15 — Payment Deadline:

Monthly Depositor Payroll Tax Deposits Due

Dec. 18 — Last Day of Hanukkah

Dec. 21 — First Day of Winter

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve

Dec. 25 — Christmas — All banks closed*

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve

Enjoy the calendar! If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below. Your comments can help us make this tool even better. 

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*For holidays and bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit. Federal employment and unemployment tax deposits must be made on a business day, Monday to Friday. If a deposit is required on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, you must make your deposit by the close of the following business day. 

**Certain states follow the federal W-2 deadlines while others have different schedules. If you are handling your end-of-year manually, you will need to verify the dates for the states in which you operate/pay employees through the appropriate state websites. You should also verify that you have used the correct rate tables for your state W-2s and 1099s. 

The advice we share on our blog is intended to be informational. It does not replace the expertise of accredited business professionals. Wagepoint assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this document. 

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