2022 American Small Business Payroll Calendar

2022 Wagepoint us payroll calendar

This is the 2022 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 2022 US Small Business 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.

Stay on top of payroll deadlines and holiday closures.

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📌 Get off to the right start — make sure that you’re aware of any minimum wage, overtime and other changes that may affect your payroll. 

2021

December

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Day Observed — Federal Reserve open | Most banks open

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

​2022

January

Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday – Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Jan. 10 — Filing deadline:

Jan. 17 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

Jan. 18 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due
  • 4th quarter 2021 estimated business tax payments (Self-employed or applicable small business) due

Jan. 31 — 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 (Nonemployee compensation) with Form 1096 — with Entries for Box 1 (Payments to Contract Workers)
  • Note: 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. 

 Here are some key 2022 dates and deadlines for W2s and 1099s to keep in mind.

Jan. 31 — Payment deadline:

  • Annual reporter payroll tax deposit due

February

Feb. 2 — Groundhog Day

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday – Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Feb. 10 — Filing deadline:

Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

Feb. 21 — Presidents’ Day (Washington’s Birthday) — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

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)
  • Note: 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. 

March

Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Mar.  4, 11, 18, 25 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Mar. 10 — Filing deadline:

Mar. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits

Mar. 15 — Tax filing deadline:

  • C-corps, S-corps and partnerships

Mar. 17 — St. Patrick’s Day

Mar. 31 — Electronic filing deadline:

  • Forms 1099 and 8027
  • State W-2s and 1099s (AZ, AK, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NJ, NM, WV)
  • Note: 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.

April

Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Apr. 11 — Filing deadline:

Apr. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due
  • 1st quarter 2022 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 2021 (C-corps)
  • Last day to contribute to retirement and health savings accounts

Apr. 17 — Easter Sunday

Apr. 18 — Easter Monday

May

May 2 — Quarterly filing deadline:

  • Form 941 Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

May 4, 11, 18, 25 — Semi-weekly payroll Taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (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 Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

May 8 — Mother's Day

May 10 — Filing deadline:

May 16 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

May 30 — Memorial Day — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

June

Jun. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Jun. 3, 10, 17, 24 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Jun. 10 — Filing deadline:

Jun. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

  • 2nd quarter 2022 estimated business tax payments (Self-employed or applicable small business)

Jun. 19 — Father's Day

Jun. 19 — Juneteenth

July

Jul. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Jul. 4 — Independence Day — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

Jul. 6, 13, 20, 27 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Jul. 11 — Filing deadline:

Jul. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

August

Aug. 1 — Quarterly filing deadline:

  • Form 941 Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Aug. 10 — Filing deadline:

Aug. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

September

Sep. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Sep. 7, 14, 21, 28 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Sep. 5 — Labor Day — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

Sep. 12 — Filing deadline:

Sep. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

  • 3rd quarter 2022 estimated business tax payments (Self-employed or applicable small business)

October

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Oct. 10 — Columbus Day | Indigenous People’s Day ME, NM, SD — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

Oct. 11 — Filing deadline:

Oct. 17 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due
  • Individuals and sole proprietors that filed an extension in April

Oct. 17 — Filing deadline:

  • C-corps using electronic Form 1120

Oct. 31 — Halloween

Oct. 31 — Quarterly filing deadline:

  • Form 941 Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

November

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday - Friday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Nov. 4, 14, 18, 25 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Nov. 10 — Filing deadline:

Nov. 11 — Veterans Day — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

Nov. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

December

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Saturday - Tuesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28 — Semi-weekly payroll taxes for payrolls issued Wednesday (Due one week after the payroll is issued.)

Dec. 12 — Filing deadline:

Dec. 15 — Payment deadline:

  • Monthly depositor payroll tax deposits due

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve

Dec. 25 — Christmas Day

Dec. 26 — Christmas Day Observed — Federal Reserve closed | All banks closed

  • Note: For federal holidays with 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.

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. 

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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