N.Y. Tax Law § 674

Current through 2024 NY Law Chapter 202
Section 674 - Employer's return and payment of withheld taxes
(a) General. Every employer required to deduct and withhold tax under this article shall file a withholding return and pay over to the tax commission or to a depositary designated by the tax commission, the taxes so required to be deducted and withheld, as hereafter prescribed.
(1) If, after having made a payroll, an employer has been required to deduct and withhold, but has not paid over, a cumulative aggregate amount of seven hundred dollars or more of tax during a calendar quarter, such employer shall file a return and pay over the tax. If an employer was required to remit a cumulative aggregate amount of less than fifteen thousand dollars in withholding tax during the calendar year which precedes the previous calendar year, the tax shall be paid over on or before the fifth business day following the date of making such a payroll. If an employer was required to remit a cumulative aggregate amount more than or equal to fifteen thousand dollars in withholding tax during the calendar year which precedes the previous calendar year, the tax shall be paid over on or before the third business day following the date of making such a payroll. In the case of an "educational organization" as defined in paragraph two of subsection (a) of section nine of this chapter or a "health care provider" as defined in paragraph four of subsection (a) of section nine of this chapter, the tax shall be paid over on or before the fifth business day following the date of making such a payroll.
(2) If, at the close of any calendar quarter, an employer has been required to deduct and withhold, but has not paid over, a cumulative aggregate amount of less than seven hundred dollars of tax during such calendar quarter, such employer shall pay over the tax with the quarterly combined withholding, wage reporting and unemployment insurance return required to be filed for such quarter by paragraph four of this subsection, on or before the last date prescribed by such paragraph for filing such return.
(3) If an employer makes more than one payroll per week, then such employer shall determine the applicability of the rules described in paragraphs one and two of this subsection measured by the last payroll made within the week by such employer; provided, however, that in any week in which the end of a quarter occurs between the making of payrolls by an employer, any tax required to be deducted and withheld in a payroll or payrolls made during such week prior to or on the end of the quarter shall be paid over. If an employer was required to remit a cumulative aggregate amount of less than fifteen thousand dollars in withholding tax during the calendar year which precedes the previous calendar year, the tax shall be paid over on or before the fifth business day following the date of making the last payroll in such quarter. If an employer was required to remit a cumulative aggregate amount more than or equal to fifteen thousand dollars in withholding tax during the calendar year which precedes the previous calendar year, the tax shall be paid over on or before the third business day following the date of making the last payroll in such quarter. In the case of an "educational organization" as defined in paragraph two of subsection (a) of section nine of this chapter or a "health care provider" as defined in paragraph four of subsection (a) of section nine of this chapter, the tax shall be paid over on or before the fifth business day following the date of making such a payroll. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "week" shall mean the period Sunday through Saturday.
(4)
(A) All employers described in paragraph one of subsection (a) of section six hundred seventy-one of this part, including those whose wages paid are not sufficient to require the withholding of tax from the wages of any of their employees, all employers required to provide the wage reporting information for the employees described in subdivision one of section one hundred seventy-one-a of this chapter, and all employers liable for unemployment insurance contributions or for payments in lieu of such contributions pursuant to article eighteen of the labor law, shall file a quarterly combined withholding, wage reporting and unemployment insurance return detailing the preceding calendar quarter's withholding tax transactions, such quarter's wage reporting information, such quarter's withholding reconciliation information, such quarter's unemployment insurance contributions, and such other related information as the commissioner of taxation and finance or the commissioner of labor, as applicable, may prescribe. Such returns shall be filed no later than the last day of the month following the last day of each calendar quarter.
(B) An employer shall, at the time prescribed by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph for filing each quarterly combined withholding, wage reporting and unemployment insurance return, pay over, in a single remittance, the unemployment insurance contributions and aggregate withholding taxes required to be paid over with such return. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, an overpayment of unemployment insurance contributions or of aggregate withholding taxes made by an employer with the quarterly combined withholding, wage reporting and unemployment insurance return for a calendar quarter may be only credited by such employer against such employer's liability for unemployment insurance contributions or aggregate withholding taxes, respectively.
(C) The provisions of article eighteen of the labor law relating to administration of the state's unemployment insurance program shall apply to the department's duties under this chapter relating to unemployment insurance information, contributions and payments.
(5) The tax commission may, if it believes such action necessary for the protection of the revenues, require any employer to make such return and pay to it the tax deducted and withheld at any time, or from time to time.
(6) Each employer in the construction classification as defined in section one hundred seventy-one-j of this chapter, shall submit to the commissioner quarterly, with such employer's quarterly combined withholding and wage reporting return, information relating to the aggregate numbers of hours worked by all such employees of such employer on a quarterly basis, and the geographic location or locations in which such employees worked during each quarter. Such information shall be reported in such form as the commissioner shall prescribe.
(b) Deposit in trust for tax commission. Whenever any employer fails to collect, truthfully account for, pay over the tax, or make returns of the tax as required in this section, the tax commission may serve a notice requiring such employer to collect the taxes which become collectible after service of such notice, to deposit such taxes in a bank approved by the tax commission, in a separate account, in trust for and payable to the tax commission, and to keep the amount of such tax in such account until payment over to the tax commission. Such notice shall remain in effect until a notice of cancellation is served by the tax commission.

N.Y. Tax Law § 674

Amended by New York Laws 2018, ch. 59,Sec. I-2, eff. 4/12/2018.