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Year-End Information for Square Payroll

Each year Square Payroll emails employers a year-end guide and timeline which walks you through what you need to have prepared at the end-of-year (EOY) for annual federal and state tax filings and how to prepare for the upcoming year. You can find this on Payroll in Square Dashboard as well. We recommend reading through the year-end guide to help ensure all of your business and team information is up to date before we file your annual payroll taxes.

Year-end timeline

We recommend taking these actions by the following dates. You can also find this timeline by going to Payroll in Square Dashboard.

These actions should be completed by their respective deadlines:

Action Deadline
Review draft Form W-2s. Note: Draft Form W-2s are available year-round in your Tax Forms tab. January 5, 2023
Review draft Form 1099-NECs. Note: Draft Form 1099-NECs begin generating on December 19, 2022. January 5, 2023
Review and update paper mail settings for Form W-2 and/or Form 1099-NEC. January 5, 2023
Update State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) tax rate December 31, 2022, or before your first payroll run with a 2023 pay date
Update benefits, sick and/or paid time off Before your first payroll run with a 2023 pay date
Last day to run an off-cycle payment for 2022 January 5, 2023
Last day to update team member's name, SSN, and address on draft forms January 5, 2023
Last day to delete a payroll run or a team member’s pay stub from your payroll history and exclude the pay and tax information from your filings January 5, 2023
Annual 2022 and Q4 2022 tax filings complete. Finalized Form W-2s and/or Form 1099-NECs are are filed with the tax agencies and digital copies are posted to your online Square Dashboard. If you opt in to paper mail by January 5, 2023, physical copies will be mailed to each of your team members. Note: Additional state filings for AR, IA, MN, NJ, and OH will be completed by the state deadline of February 28, 2023. January 31, 2023

Review Form W-2 and/or Form 1099 paper mailing settings

Square Payroll sends annual tax forms W-2 and 1099-NEC to your team members electronically by default. If you prefer that your team receives mailed paper versions of their tax forms, you’ll need to opt in from your Payroll Settings by January 5, 2023.

How do I opt in to mail Form W-2 or Form 1099-NEC to my team?

If you would prefer for Square Payroll to mail paper Form W-2 or Form 1099-NEC to your team, go to Payroll Settings tab and toggle on Send W-2s and 1099s via paper mail by January 5, 2023. Square Payroll will mail a tax form to the addresses on file for all team members that were paid in the prior tax year.

Do I need to file Form W-2s or Form 1099s myself?

No, Square Payroll will continue to electronically file W-2s to the SSA and 1099-NECs to the IRS on your behalf. Note: You may also need to file Form 1099-NEC to your state.

What will happen if I don’t change my paper mail settings by January 5, 2023?

Square Payroll will not mail paper copies of annual tax forms W-2 or 1099-NEC, as applicable, to your team in January. You will still need to provide your team with a physical copy of their tax forms by downloading and printing them from the Tax Forms tab, unless your employees consent to receive an electronic copy. Electronic copies are available for your team members to view, download, or print from their Square Payroll accounts.

Read more about understanding, reviewing, and distributing Form W-2 and Form 1099-NEC.

As an employer, if I choose to opt out of paper mail will my team members and I still have access to electronic copies of our tax forms?

Yes, regardless of the mailing option you choose, you will always have access to your tax forms from the Tax Forms tab of your Payroll Dashboard. Team members with online accounts can view, download, or print a copy of their form at any time by logging into their Square Payroll account.

I want to go paperless but some of my team members don’t have online accounts. How can I set them up?

To set up your team members with online accounts to view their pay stubs, payroll information, and tax forms:

  1. Visit the Payroll Team section of your online Payroll dashboard or Square Payroll app and select your team member’s name from the list.
  2. Provide your team member’s email address in the Email Address field.
  3. Click Save. The team member will receive an email instructing them to create an account.

Once your team member has an online account, and the final Form W-2 and/or Form 1099-NEC is available online, team members can view their form from the Tax Forms tab or the Square Team app.

Will I be charged if I opt into sending paper mail?

There is no additional cost to have Forms W-2 and/or Form 1099-NEC mailed at this time. If you want to opt into sending paper mail you must do so by January 5, 2023.

Review team member information

Confirm your employee and contractors’ first and last names, Social Security numbers (SSN), and home addresses by going to Staff > Payroll > Payroll Team in Square Dashboard. This information will be printed on each of their Form W-2s and/or Form 1099-NECs. The last day to make changes to the draft Form W-2s and Form 1099-NECs is January 5, 2023. Digital copies of the tax forms will be available to your team through their online Team Member dashboard or in the Team App by January 31, 2023.

Learn more about downloading, verifying and distributing Form W-2 and Form 1099-NEC.

Add all former team members to Square Payroll

Double-check that all employees you’ve paid this year—including those who no longer work for you— have been added to Square Payroll. You are responsible for providing Form W-2 to all employees you paid in 2022. Learn more about adding employees to Square Payroll.

Previous payroll history should be provided to Square Payroll immediately after switching providers. If you have not transferred your year-to-date payroll history yet, please contact us as soon as possible and we will attempt to accommodate this request.

Contractor payments made prior to switching to Square Payroll can be made by signing in to Payroll in Square Dashboard. Choose the pay period and set the payment method to Pay All by Check to ensure the contractor is not paid an additional time. Add the contractors and paid amounts, then confirm the pay run. Payments made by January 5, 2023 will be reported on their 2022 Form 1099-NECs.

Send your final payroll

Payroll taxes are due based on the pay date, not the days employees worked. Any paychecks with a January 2023 pay date—regardless of the actual pay period—will be included in 2023 tax filings and annual Form W-2s. If you’d like wages to be included in 2022 Form W-2s, make sure the pay date recorded in Square Payroll is in 2022 before sending.

You’ll be able to send off-cycle payments and contractor payments for 2022 until January 5, 2023. Note: Off-cycle payrolls processed in 2023 may result in tax penalties. We recommend processing payroll as early as possible.

Pay year-end bonuses

You can pay year-end bonuses by running an off-cycle payment. When running the off-cycle payment, select Bonus or Supplemental Pay as the payment type and enter the desired amount under the Additional Pay column. Taxes will be calculated using the supplemental federal withholding rate of 22%. If you want bonuses to count towards 2022 wages, submit an off-cycle payment by January 5, 2023.

Note: Off-cycle payrolls processed in 2023 may result in tax penalties. We recommend paying out bonuses as early as possible.

Update State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) rate

Once you receive your new state UI rate, you can update it by going to Staff > Payroll > Settings > Tax Info in Square Dashboard. We recommend doing this before running your first payroll of 2023. If the rate is updated in the middle of the quarter, Square Payroll will recalculate your UI taxes and credit or debit your account based on the UI rate at the end of the quarter.

If you do not have the option to update your UI rate from your Dashboard, please Contact Square Support for assistance.

Reset sick and/or paid time off (PTO) balances

Employee sick leave and/or PTO balances automatically roll over to the new calendar year. If you need to reset an employee’s sick leave and/or PTO balances, we recommend resetting these prior to sending your first pay run in 2023. You can update your employees’ sick leave and/or PTO balance on an employee’s profile by going to Staff > Payroll > Payroll Team in Square Dashboard.

Note: Depending on your state, you may be required by law to carry over accrued and unused paid sick leave balances to the new year.

Reset benefit contribution and post-tax deduction limits

Benefit and post-tax deduction limits apply to each calendar year. If you manage any benefits outside of Square Payroll, you can set up and adjust annual contribution limits for each benefit on an employee’s profile by going to Staff > Payroll > Payroll Team in Square Dashboard.

We recommend setting up your 2023 contribution limits prior to sending your first pay run in 2023. If you do not set any benefit or post-tax contributions, your 2023 limit will be set to your existing 2022 limit.

No further action is required for employers using our SimplyInsured or Guideline benefit integrations.

S-Corp Health Insurance reporting

If health and accident insurance premiums were paid for by a S-Corporation, shareholders with at least 2% ownership are required to report premiums as wages on their W-2s (subject to income tax withholding). You can read more about S-Corporation health premium reporting on the IRS website.

If you are set up as an S-Corporation on Square Payroll, we’ll send you an email requesting a list of employee names and their annual premium amounts. Please respond to the email or contact us by January 5, 2023 with the annual premium amounts.

Taxpayer Address

Ensure that your taxpayer address is up to date so that your business’ tax reporting is accurate. If the taxpayer address that is on file with Square Payroll does not match what the IRS or your state agency has on file for you, there may be issues with your tax filings or payments. In the instance that tax forms are mailed to your business, you’ll want to have the correct address on file as well.

You are able to update your taxpayer address directly from your online Square dashboard. To do so:

1. Log into your online Square Payroll dashboard> Settings > Business Info.
3. Select Edit next to your Taxpayer Address and provide your correct address.
4. Press Save.

Note: Your updated Taxpayer Address cannot be in a new tax jurisdiction.  If you need to pay W-2 employees across work locations or multiple tax jurisdictions different from your business’ primary address, add the additional work addresses in your team member's profiles from the Payroll Team tab. From there, go to the Tax Info tab to add your state tax account information for the additional work locations.

Federal and state tax filings

Square Payroll completes federal and state tax filings and payments on your behalf at no additional charge. Once these forms are filed with the appropriate agencies, you can download, save, and print each document by going to Staff > Payroll > Tax Forms in your online Square Dashboard. See the Square Payroll tax filings and payments article for a full list of tax forms we handle.

Square Payroll will provide you with a digital copy of Form W-2 and Form 1099-NEC by January 31, 2023 for each team member that was paid in 2022. You should print these forms and provide physical copies to each team member, unless you have consent from a team member for electronic-only delivery.  In that case, you can email tax forms to those team members, or team members with online accounts can also access their tax forms through their online payroll account or through the Square Team app.

If you would prefer for Square Payroll to mail paper Form W-2 or Form 1099-NEC to your team, navigate to your Payroll Settings tab and toggle on Send W-2s and 1099s via paper mail by January 5, 2023. Square Payroll will mail a tax form to the addresses on file for all team members that were paid in the prior tax year.

Learn more about understanding and reviewing Form W-2 and Form 1099-NEC.

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