Year-End Payroll Guide

October & November

Alert If you made changes to your account due to COVID-19, it's important that all the below information is accurate and up-to-date to help avoid any filing disruptions or delivery delays.

Verify the following information for the company:

  • Tax IDs
  • Legal name
  • Legal address*
  • Federal, state, and local (if applicable) tax identification numbers
  • State unemployment rates

*To update your company's Legal Address, go to the Company tab, select Company Details and click Edit next to Company Legal.

On the Company tab, review each page to verify that information is accurate. If you find an error, make your changes on the Company Info and Company Tax pages.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform to assist you with verifying company information. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Validate Company/Employee Information to begin the Guided Walk Through. 

Alert If you made changes to your account due to COVID-19, it's important that all the below information is accurate and up-to-date to help avoid any filing disruptions or delivery delays.

W-2s will be shipped to the delivery address associated with your account, which may be different from your business's legal address or payroll delivery address.

You can verify your W-2 delivery address in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN)/Payroll Plus® platform:

  1. Under the Company tab, click on Company Details.
  2. View your W-2 delivery address. If you need to make any changes, click Edit.
  3. Using the dropdown box, select "Legal" if your W-2 delivery address is the same as your legal address. To enter a different address, select "Other."
  4. Enter your new W-2 delivery address information and click Save.

Please note: W-2s cannot be delivered to a P.O. Box.

If you do not have online access to this information, please send your ADP® Service Team a message from your Apple® or Android™ device. To start a message, open the RUN Mobile App and click Contact Us > Send Message (Apple users) OR the Live Chat button in the top-right corner (Android users). You can also Chat with us by logging into the RUN platform and clicking the chat icon at the bottom of any page.

Alert If you made changes to your account due to COVID-19, it's important that all the below information is accurate and up-to-date to help avoid any filing disruptions or delivery delays.

Make sure that everything is up to date and correct for each of your employees and contractors. Did anyone move, get married, divorced, or have children?

For employees, double-check:

  • Employee name (is it spelled correctly?)
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Employee address (is it accurate?)
  • Lived-in jurisdiction
  • Worked-in jurisdiction
  • Paid time off information
  • Status (active, terminated, LOA)
  • Filing status (exempt or non-exempt)
  • Number of exemptions
  • Year-to-date wages
  • Year-to-date taxes
  • Pre-tax year-to-date amounts (such as 401k and Medical 125)

Helpful Hint: When an incorrect SSN is filed, the Social Security Administration (SSA) charges a fee to correct the wages posted incorrectly to the wrong individual. To help avoid this issue, the SSA provides a free verification tool on their website.

You can verify that your employees' names and SSNs match Social Security's records using the free verification service that the SSA provides on their website.


For contractors, double-check:

  • Name
  • Taxpayer's Identification number (TIN)
  • Address
  • State work locations and, if applicable, local work locations
  • Earnings totals for each jurisdiction

If you have to change non-payroll data, such as an address, make the changes on the Employee Info page, on the appropriate Employee's Tax page, or on the contractor's 1099 Info page.

Helpful reports for employee verification:

  1. Starting Point: Reports tab > All Reports
  2. Search for Employee Summary, W-2 Preview and Wage and Tax Register.

Review the information in the reports. You can also print them or export the data to Excel. If any information is not accurate, make the needed corrections.

Important: If you make corrections to wages, taxes, or jurisdictions, you must run an Off-Cycle Payroll to process the corrections.

Reminder! SSNs and TINs will now be truncated on copies of Forms W-2, 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. This includes copies that are provided to employees to report third party sick pay and group-term life insurance. It is important that your employees' and/or contractors' SSNs/TINs are accurate and up-to-date in the RUN Powered by ADP®(RUN)/Payroll Plus® platform, as they will not have visibility to their SSNs/TINs once W-2s, 1099-MISCs and 1099-NECs are printed and distributed.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN platform to assist you with verifying employee information. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Validate Company/Employee Information to begin the Guided Walk Through. 

Veterans Day is observed on Wednesday, November 11 and some banks may be closed. If your check date falls on this date, please adjust it to avoid delaying your employees' direct deposits.

Helpful Hint: You can now receive payroll text and calendar reminders 2 days before you're scheduled to process payroll. We'll even remind you of upcoming holidays in case you need to run payroll early! Log into the RUN Powered by ADP®/Payroll Plus® platform, click your name in the top, right-hand corner and select Settings to begin setup today.

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 26. If your check date falls on this date, please adjust it to avoid delaying your employees' direct deposits and delivery of your payroll package.

Heads up! There will be no payroll deliveries on Thanksgiving Day. Payrolls processed on Wednesday, 11/25 will be delivered Friday, 11/27.

Helpful Hint: You can now receive payroll text and calendar reminders 2 days before you're scheduled to process payroll. We'll even remind you of upcoming holidays in case you need to run payroll early! Log into the RUN Powered by ADP®/Payroll Plus® platform, click your name in the top, right-hand corner and select Settings to begin setup today.

Before the last scheduled payroll of the quarter, make sure you update any employee totals that you want to include in the quarter balances. You can update totals for any of the following items:

  • Manual checks*
  • Voided checks
  • Third party sick payments*
  • Group term life insurance
  • Dependent care benefits
  • Moving expenses
  • 401(k)* and cafeteria plans
  • Retirement plans
  • Paid time off
  • Taxable fringe benefits
  • Any other necessary adjustments to employee wage and tax amounts

In the fourth quarter, before December 31, you must update missing totals for your employees and run any bonus payrolls. If you have to run an Off-Cycle Payroll (to process manual checks, voided checks, or third party sick payments) after the last day of the quarter, government agencies may charge you with penalties and interest based on their deposit and filing deadlines for taxes. Tax Filing Clients: Amendment fees may apply.

View your employees' year-to-date earnings and deductions in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) or Payroll Plus® platform. Go to Reports tab, select Misc Reports and click Employee Summary.

*NEED MORE HELP? Step-by-step Guided Walk Throughs are available in the RUN platform to assist you with recording manual checks using our Calculate Checks tool; reporting third party sick pay; and maxing out retirement. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Calculate Checks, Enter Third Party Sick Pay OR Maxing Out Retirement to begin the Guided Walk Through.

Federal legislation requires the reporting of both taxable and non-taxable sick payments made to employees from a third party. Taxes withheld on those payments must also be reported. Sick pay should be included on either the employees' W-2s or on a separate form provided by the third party. If third party sick pay is not reported by the third party, it must be included on your employees' W-2s.

It is important that you obtain this information from the appropriate third party provider as soon as possible. These entries must be processed on or before your last payroll of the year to ensure that your Form 941 and W-2 reports are accurate.

Most carriers provide third party sick pay statements throughout the year. This reporting method allows employers to review and submit third party sick pay adjustments throughout the year, rather than only at year end. Please use those statements to report the information no later than December 31, 2020.

To report third party sick pay within the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) or Payroll Plus® platform:

  • Go to the Home > Payroll tab
  • Click on Third Party Sick Pay
  • Select the employee and key in the required information

Helpful tips when reporting:

  • Be sure to review your employee’s third party sick pay YTD (year-to-date) amounts on file to check for any previous dollars entered. Then verify the amounts are truly YTD amounts. This will help ensure the proper third party sick pay amounts are entered.
  • If you realize you need to report additional items after you have already processed your last payroll for the year, you will need to run an Off-Cycle Payroll and date it: 12/31/YY ("YY" being the current tax year).
  • You will need to process an Off-Cycle Payroll to include the third party sick pay reporting, otherwise it will remain in pending items.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN platform to assist you through the process of reporting third party sick pay. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Enter Third Party Sick Pay to begin the Guided Walk Through.

A fringe benefit is a form of compensation for the performance of services. For example, you provide an employee with a fringe benefit when you allow the employee to use a business vehicle to commute to and from work.

Any fringe benefit your company provides is taxable and must be included in the employee's pay unless the law specifically excludes it. The benefit is subject to taxes and must be reported on the employee's W-2. Click here for a list of fringe benefit earnings and where they appear on your employees' W-2s.

In the Company Tab, select Earnings and Deductions then:

  1. Click Add Earning.
  2. In the Category field, select Fringe Benefits.
  3. In the Earning field, select the fringe benefit that you want to add. Click here for a list of fringe benefits.
  4. Click Save and go back to the Earnings and Deductions Info page. The fringe benefit is included in the Earnings list and is displayed as active.

Helpful Hint: Services like company cars and gym memberships are taxable. Learn more about these benefits and how they are reported. You can also refer to Publication 15-B, The Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits, as prepared by the IRS.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform to assist you with reporting S Corp earnings. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Reporting S Corp to begin the Guided Walk Through.

All Vermont employers that are required to withhold income tax must report the total cost of employer-sponsored health care coverage.

The total cost paid by the employer and employee should be reported on the State Copy of the W-2 form in Box 12.

Unlike the federal mandate, employers with 250 or less employees are also required to report the total cost of employer-sponsored health care coverage. All other employers can review the Internal Revenue Service's website to determine if you're subject to reporting cost of healthcare coverage.

In the Company Tab, select Earnings and Deductions then:

  1. Click Add Earning.
  2. In the Category field, select Fringe Benefits.
  3. In the Earning field, select the fringe benefit ER –Sponsored Healthcare.
  4. Click Save and go back to the Earnings and Deductions Info page. The fringe benefit is included in the Earnings list and is displayed as active.
  5. Enter the Healthcare amounts on each applicable employee in the appropriate memo earning(s) prior to the last payroll of the year.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires certain employers to report health coverage information to their employees and the IRS annually.

Your resources:

Note: Please check with your respective states for individual reporting requirements.

Good news! There is no Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) credit reduction for 2020.

Household employees are those who work in and around your private residence, such as housekeepers, nannies, and gardeners. Because tax filing due dates are inconsistent with typical quarter-end cutoff dates, there are limitations to what ADP® can and cannot do to help you file.

ADP responsibilities:

  • Deposit and file state and local taxes for a household account.
  • ADP will not deposit or file federal taxes for a household account.
  • ADP will impound federal taxes with each payroll.
  • Prior to the deadline for depositing and filing estimated tax payments, the impounded money will be refunded to you a few days prior to when deposits are due each quarter.
  • The IRS requires all estimated tax payments for household accounts be made by April 15 (Q1), June 15 (Q2), and September 15 (Q3) of the current year. All remaining taxes are due on January 15 of the following year.

What you need to do:

  • You must deposit the federal taxes for the household account on Form 1040ES.
  • You must file federal taxes using a 1040 Schedule H.
  • CT Employers: You must file the CT Form 941 HHE for the household account.

What to expect:

  • ADP will send you a Statement of Deposit (SOD) with filing instructions, plus a credit for the total amount of federal taxes for the quarter. Liabilities on the SOD are summarized based on the cutoff for Household filings.
  • You will receive this information seven days prior to the due date.
  • You will receive a Form 941 each quarter from ADP. You may keep this form for your records, however, you will need to file your own taxes using a 1040 Schedule H.
  • You may be required to make the estimates or you may pay the entire amount when filing your 1040 (Schedule H). Please consult your Tax Professional to make this determination.

Although you can process a bonus payroll at any time during the year, many are processed at the end of the year.

There are two types of bonus earnings available in the payroll application: Bonus and Supplemental Bonus. It’s important to use the appropriate earning because each one is taxed differently.

  • Bonus earning: the bonus payroll is taxed at the regular rate, the same as a normal payroll.
  • Supplemental Bonus earning: the bonus payroll is taxed at the supplemental wage rates for federal and state income tax. For 2020, the federal rate is a flat 22% up to $1 million and 37% for amounts exceeding $1 million.

To be sure that your W-2 amounts are correct, process your bonus payrolls before the end of the year.

If you want to surprise your employees with the bonus, consider processing an Off-Cycle Payroll after you run your regular payroll. That way, the bonus amount won't be included in the year-to-date total.

From the homepage in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN)/Payroll Plus® platform, click the Off-Cycle Payroll button and select Bonus Payroll to easily customize the settings of your bonus payroll. Just select the bonus earning type, your preferences for pay method*, and voluntary deductions. The RUN/Payroll Plus platform will then configure your bonus payroll and even setup the new bonus earning on the company level, if needed.

*If you would like to hand your employees a physical check for their bonus, make sure you select "By live check" as your payment method.

If your federal tax liabilities for the bonus payroll are over $100,000.00, the taxes must be deposited the business day after the check date.

Helpful Hint: Learn more about how to process a bonus payroll here.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new federal Form W-4, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. New employees, who began on or after 1/1/20, and existing employees, who wish to adjust their withholding, must use the new Form W-4.

You can download the new Form W-4 from the IRS website. A copy is also available for download in the Help & Support section of the RUN Powered by ADP® or Payroll Plus® platform.

Important Note: Employees, who submitted a Form W-4 prior to 2020 and are not updating their withholding, do not have to submit a new form.

Pulling your payroll liability report on a monthly basis and comparing it to your proof of tax deposits can help you keep track of any taxes you may owe at the end of the year.

To pull your payroll liability report, log into the RUN Powered by ADP® or Payroll Plus® platform, go to the Reports tab, select Payroll and click Payroll Liability.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is introducing a new form for contractors in 2020 called the Form 1099-NEC, which should be used to report non-employee compensation. These amounts were previously reported in Box 7 of the Form 1099-MISC.

What you need to know

  • You will no longer report non-employee compensation on the 1099-MISC. You must use the new Form 1099-NEC to report this information.
  • The new Form 1099-NEC will be included in your year-end package.
  • The earning name in the RUN Powered by ADP®/Payroll Plus® platform has been updated from 1099 Misc to 1099 Compensation to accommodate this change.
  • The IRS has rearranged the box numbers for reporting certain incomes on the Form 1099-MISC. Please keep this in mind as you fill out this form.

You can access the new Form 1099-NEC on the IRS website.

Note: The Form 1099-NEC will soon be available for download in the Help & Support section of the RUN/Payroll Plus platform.

To help protect employees from identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced it will allow Social Security Numbers (SSNs) to be truncated on copies of the Form W-2. The IRS will also allow truncation of Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) on copies of Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. 

ADP® will be truncating SSNs and TINs on the Employee and Employer copies of the Form W-2, as well as the Payee and Payer Reference copies of Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. This includes copies that are provided to employees to report third party sick pay and group-term life insurance.

SSNs and TINs, however, will not be truncated on employer-filing copies of Forms W-2, 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. 

The leading digits of SSNs/TINs will be replaced with either an asterisk (*) or an X. For example, a truncated SSN/TIN would appear as either ***-**-1234 or XXX-XX-1234.

Important! Since SSNs and TINs will be truncated on copies of Forms W-2, 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC, it is important that your employees' and/or contractors' SSNs and TINs are accurate and up-to-date in the RUN Powered by ADP®/Payroll Plus® platform. They will not have full visibility of their SSN/TIN once their tax forms are printed and distributed.

You can verify that your employees' names and SSNs match the Social Security Administration's records using the free verification service that the SSA provides on their website.

Please note: To further protect your data from identity theft, ADP will also be removing the employee tax withholding information found on the Form W-4, such as marital status and exemptions, from the 2020 Forms W-2 Earning Summary, as this information is not required. 


OTHER FORM W-2 CHANGES:

Alert The IRS has issued guidance on reporting qualified sick leave and qualified family leave wages paid pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

The following codes for qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages paid to employees will display on the 2020 Form W-2 in Box 14: 

  • Earnings reported under FF Employee Pay will display as code FFSELF 
  • Earnings reported under FF Fam Care Pay will display as code FFOTHR 
  • Earnings reported under FF FMLA Expansion will display as code FFFMLA

If you offer Group Term Life Insurance to your employees, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to calculate and report the cost of coverage over $50,000. This cost is fully taxable and must be reported as additional income for any employee who receives this benefit. The amount will be displayed on your applicable employees’ W-2s in Box 12 (Code C).

You can report Group Term Life Insurance in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN)/Payroll Plus® platform, but you must first calculate the taxable portion of coverage that exceeds $50,000. To determine this amount, please review Publication 15-B, The Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits (Page 13), as prepared by the IRS, or speak with your company’s accountant.

Once you’ve determined your taxable portion of coverage, you can begin reporting Group Term Life Insurance in the RUN/Payroll Plus platform for your active and terminated* employees.

To Activate Group Term Life:

  • Go to the Company tab, select Earnings Deductions and click Add Earning
  • In the Category field, select Fringe Benefits
  • In the Earning field, select Group Term Life Insurance
  • Click Save

You can either report Group Term Life Insurance costs for your employees per payroll OR in lump sum via an Off-Cycle Payroll.

Reporting per payroll:

  • Go to the Employees tab, select Directory and click on the employee’s name
  • From the left menu, click Earnings Deductions
  • On the Group Term Life Insurance line, click Edit
  • In the Amount field, enter the amount to be recorded and taxed for each payroll
  • Click Save

REPORTING IN LUMP SUM:

  • Enter the Group Term Life Insurance amount in the Group Term Life Insurance Earnings field on the Payroll Entry screen during your next payroll. You can also run an Off-Cycle Payroll to capture the earning

Note: Any uncollected Social Security and Medicare will be calculated for the employee and display on the W-2 in Box 12 with codes M and N respectively.

Reporting for Terminated Employees:

*In order to accurately report Group Term Life Insurance costs for your terminated employees, you will need to rehire them in the RUN/Payroll Plus platform, report the costs, then terminate them again. Please follow the below steps:

  • Go to the Employees tab and select Directory
  • In the Status field, select Inactive, then click on the employee’s name
  • From the left menu, select Employment Info – Make note of the termination date, last day worked and termination reason, as you will need this information to terminate the employee again once complete.
  • Click Rehire, then click OK on the pop-up message
  • Enter the Group Term Life Insurance amount in the Group Term Life Insurance Earnings on the Payroll Entry screen during the next payroll. You can also run an Off-Cycle Payroll to capture the earning.
  • Once the payroll or Off-Cycle Payroll is processed, go to the Employees tab, select Directory and click on the employee’s name
  • From the left menu, select Terminate Employee
  • Enter the termination date, last day worked and termination reason
  • Click Terminate Employee, then click OK on the pop-up message

Note: Any uncollected Social Security and Medicare will be calculated for the employee and display on the W-2 in Box 12 with codes M and N respectively.

You can find additional information about Group-Term Life Insurance by visiting the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) website. You can also refer to Publication 15-B, The Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits (Page 13), as prepared by the IRS.

December

Before last payroll of the year

Alert If you made changes to your account due to COVID-19, it's important that all the below information is accurate and up-to-date to help avoid any filing disruptions or delivery delays.

Make sure that everything is up to date and correct for each of your employees and contractors. Did anyone move, get married, divorced, or have children?

For employees, double-check:

  • Employee name (is it spelled correctly?)
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Employee address (is it accurate?)
  • Lived-in jurisdiction
  • Worked-in jurisdiction
  • Paid time off information
  • Status (active, terminated, LOA)
  • Filing status (exempt or non-exempt)
  • Number of exemptions
  • Year-to-date wages
  • Year-to-date taxes
  • Pre-tax year-to-date amounts (such as 401k and Medical 125)

You and ADP® can no longer see full SSNs in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform; however, you are able to unmask SSNs on certain reports using the Show Social Security Number field. You can verify that your employees' names and SSNs match Social Security's records using the free verification service that the SSA provides on their website.


For contractors, double-check:

  • Name
  • Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN)
  • Address
  • State work locations and, if applicable, local work locations
  • Earnings totals for each jurisdiction

If you have to change non-payroll data, such as an address, make the changes on the Employee Info page, on the appropriate Employee's Tax page, or on the contractor's 1099 Info page.

Helpful reports for employee verification:

  1. Starting Point: Reports tab > All Reports
  2. Search for Employee Summary, W-2 Preview and Wage and Tax Register

Review the information in the reports. You can also print them or export the data to Excel.

If any information is not accurate, make the needed corrections.

Important: If you make corrections to wages, taxes, or jurisdictions, you must run an Off-Cycle Payroll to process the corrections.

Reminder! SSNs and TINs will now be truncated on copies of Forms W-2, 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. This includes copies that are provided to employees to report third party sick pay and group-term life insurance. It is important that your employees' and/or contractors' SSNs/TINs are accurate and up-to-date in the RUN/Payroll Plus® platform, as they will not have visibility to their full SSNs/TINs once W-2s, 1099-MISCs and 1099-NECs are printed and distributed.

Helpful Hint: Watch a quick tutorial in Help & Support to learn how to add a new employee to your payroll. Also, the I-9 (Employee Verification) form is available in the Help & Support section of the RUN platform under Forms & Tools, then Tax & Payroll Forms.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN platform to assist you with verifying employee information. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Validate Company/Employee Information to begin the Guided Walk Through. 

Before the last scheduled payroll of the quarter, make sure you update any employee totals that you want to include in the quarter balances. You can update totals for any of the following items:

  • Manual checks*
  • Voided checks
  • Third party sick payments*
  • Group term life insurance
  • Dependent care benefits
  • Moving expenses
  • 401(k)* and cafeteria plans
  • Retirement plans
  • Paid time off
  • Taxable fringe benefits
  • Any other necessary adjustments to employee wage and tax amounts

In the fourth quarter, before December 31, you must update missing totals for your employees and run any bonus payrolls. If you have to run an Off-Cycle Payroll (to process manual checks, voided checks, or third party sick payments) after the last day of the quarter, government agencies may charge you with penalties and interest based on their deposit and filing deadlines for taxes.

View your employees' 2020 earnings and deductions in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) or Payroll Plus® platform. Go to the Reports tab, select Misc Reports and click Employee Summary.

*NEED MORE HELP? Step-by-step Guided Walk Throughs are available in the RUN platform to assist you with recording manual checks using our Calculate Checks tool; reporting third party sick pay; and maxing out retirement. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Calculate Checks, Enter Third Party Sick Pay OR Maxing Out Retirement to begin the Guided Walk Through. 

Federal legislation requires the reporting of both taxable and non-taxable sick payments made to employees from a third party. Taxes withheld on those payments must also be reported. Sick pay should be included on either the employees' W-2s or on a separate form provided by the third party. If third party sick pay is not reported by the third party, it must be included on your employees' W-2s.

It is important that you obtain this information from the appropriate third party provider as soon as possible. These entries must be processed on or before your last payroll of the year to ensure that your Form 941 and W-2 reports are accurate.

Most carriers provide third party sick pay statements throughout the year. This reporting method allows employers to review and submit third party sick pay adjustments throughout the year, rather than only at year end. Please use those statements to report the information no later than January 1, 2021.

To report third party sick pay:

  • Go to the Home > Payroll tab
  • Click on Third Party Sick Pay
  • Select the employee and key in the required information

Helpful tips when reporting:

  • Be sure to review your employee’s third party sick pay YTD (year-to-date) amounts on file to check for any previous dollars entered. Then verify the amounts are truly YTD amounts. This will help ensure the proper third party sick pay amounts are entered.
  • If you realize you need to report additional items after you have already processed your last payroll for the year, you will need to run an Off-Cycle Payroll and date it: 12/31/YY (“YY” being the current tax year).
  • You will need to process an Off-Cycle Payroll to include the third party sick pay reporting, otherwise it will remain in pending items.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform to assist you through the process of reporting third party sick pay. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Enter Third Party Sick Pay to begin the Guided Walk Through. 

Alert If your business was impacted by COVID-19 and you need to record any Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act earnings, you must do so before December 31, 2020.

Alert If your payroll processing was disrupted by COVID-19, and you issued manual checks and/or voided checks, please check that your payroll information is up-to-date in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) or Payroll Plus® platform before December 31, 2020. This will help ensure accurate and timely tax filings.

This may include manual checks and voided checks.

Reminder! Please process Off-Cycle Payrolls after manuals are created and/or checks are voided. Not processing Off-Cycle Payrolls to incorporate your pending manuals and/or voids may cause amendments, penalties or interest to be charged by the agencies.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN platform to assist you with using the Calculate Checks tool — a feature that can help you forecast employee paychecks, make a payroll adjustment or record a handwritten check! Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Calculate Checks to begin the Guided Walk Through.

A fringe benefit is a form of compensation for the performance of services. For example, you provide an employee with a fringe benefit when you allow the employee to use a business vehicle to commute to and from work.

Any fringe benefit your company provides is taxable and must be included in the employee's pay unless the law specifically excludes it. The benefit is subject to taxes and must be reported on the employee's W-2. Click here for a list of fringe benefit earnings and where they appear on your employees' W-2s.

In the Company Tab, select Earnings and Deductions then:

  1. Click Add Earning.
  2. In the Category field, select Fringe Benefits.
  3. In the Earning field, select the fringe benefit that you want to add. Click here for a list of fringe benefits.
  4. Click Save and go back to the Earnings and Deductions Info page. The fringe benefit is included in the Earnings list and is displayed as active.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform to assist you with reporting S Corp earnings. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Reporting S Corp to begin the Guided Walk Through.

All Vermont employers that are required to withhold income tax must report the total cost of employer-sponsored health care coverage.

The total cost paid by the employer and employee should be reported on the State Copy of the W-2 form in Box 12.

Unlike the federal mandate, employers with 250 or less employees are also required to report the total cost of employer-sponsored health care coverage. All other employers can review the Internal Revenue Service's website to determine if you're subject to reporting cost of healthcare coverage.

In the Company Tab, select Earnings and Deductions then:

  1. Click Add Earning.
  2. In the Category field, select Fringe Benefits.
  3. In the Earning field, select the fringe benefit ER –Sponsored Healthcare.
  4. Click Save and go back to the Earnings and Deductions Info page. The fringe benefit is included in the Earnings list and is displayed as active.
  5. Enter the Healthcare amounts on each applicable employee in the appropriate memo earning(s) prior to the last payroll of the year.

Christmas Day is Friday, December 25 and New Year's Day is Friday, January 1. If your check dates fall on either of these dates, please adjust them to avoid delaying your employees' direct deposits and delivery of your payroll package.

Heads up! There will be no payroll deliveries on Friday, 12/25. Payrolls processed on Thursday, 12/24 will be delivered Monday, 12/28. There will be no payroll deliveries on Friday, 1/1. Payrolls processed on Thursday, 12/31 will be delivered Monday, 1/4.

Helpful Hint: You can now receive payroll text and calendar reminders 2 days before you're scheduled to process payroll. We'll even remind you of upcoming holidays in case you need to run payroll early! Log into the RUN Powered by ADP®/Payroll Plus® platform, click your name in the top, right-hand corner and select Settings to begin setup today.

A number of states have changed their labor laws. Updated compliance posters are expected to be delivered early next year. You can see what’s new in your state here.

Employers who provide Group Term Life Insurance to their employees must calculate and report the cost of coverage over $50,000, as required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This cost is fully taxable and must be reported as additional income for any employee who receives this benefit. The amount will be displayed on your applicable employees’ W-2s in Box 12 (Code C).

To help ensure W-2s are accurate for your employees, you should report Group Term Life Insurance in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN)/Payroll Plus® platform PRIOR to running your final payroll of the year.

Before you report costs in the payroll platform, you must first calculate the taxable portion of coverage that exceeds $50,000. To determine this amount, please review Publication 15-B, The Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits (Page 13), as prepared by the IRS, or speak with your company’s accountant.

Once you’ve determined your taxable portion of coverage, you can begin reporting Group Term Life Insurance in the RUN/Payroll Plus platform for your active and terminated* employees.

To Activate Group Term Life:

  • Go to the Company tab, select Earnings Deductions and click Add Earning
  • In the Category field, select Fringe Benefits
  • In the Earning field, select Group Term Life Insurance
  • Click Save

You can either report Group Term Life Insurance costs for your employees per payroll OR in lump sum via an Off-Cycle Payroll.

Reporting per payroll:

  • Go to the Employees tab, select Directory and click on the employee’s name
  • From the left menu, click Earnings Deductions
  • On the Group Term Life Insurance line, click Edit
  • In the Amount field, enter the amount to be recorded and taxed for each payroll
  • Click Save

Reporting in lump sum:

  • Enter the Group Term Life Insurance amount in the Group Term Life Insurance Earnings field on the Payroll Entry screen during your next payroll. You can also run an Off-Cycle Payroll to capture the earning

Note: Any uncollected Social Security and Medicare will be calculated for the employee and display on the W-2 in Box 12 with codes M and N respectively.

Reporting for Terminated Employees:

*In order to accurately report Group Term Life Insurance costs for your terminated employees, you will need to rehire them in the RUN/Payroll Plus platform, report the costs, then terminate them again. Please follow the below steps:

  • Go to the Employees tab and select Directory
  • In the Status field, select Inactive, then click on the employee’s name
  • From the left menu, select Employment Info – Make note of the termination date, last day worked and termination reason, as you will need this information to terminate the employee again once complete.
  • Click Rehire, then click OK on the pop-up message
  • Enter the Group Term Life Insurance amount in the Group Term Life Insurance Earnings on the Payroll Entry screen during the next payroll. You can also run an Off-Cycle Payroll to capture the earning.
  • Once the payroll or Off-Cycle Payroll is processed, go to the Employees tab, select Directory and click on the employee’s name
  • From the left menu, select Terminate Employee
  • Enter the termination date, last day worked and termination reason
  • Click Terminate Employee, then click OK on the pop-up message

Note: Any uncollected Social Security and Medicare will be calculated for the employee and display on the W-2 in Box 12 with codes M and N respectively.

You can find additional information about Group-Term Life Insurance by visiting the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) website. You can also refer to Publication 15-B, The Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits (Page 13), as prepared by the IRS.

You can now easily track Year-End tasks AND your Year-End package delivery right in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform using our new W-2 Tracker.

This interactive tracking system will guide you through important To-Do items that need to be completed prior to running your last payroll of the year. Completing these tasks will help ensure W-2s and 1099s are accurate for you and your employees BEFORE they are printed.

You can view and complete any outstanding tasks using the W-2 Tracker NOW by clicking the blue “Go to Tracker” button on the RUN homepage. Here’s what you can do right from the W-2 Tracker:

  • Verify and update your W-2 delivery address
  • Update invalid Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and Company Tax IDs
  • eSign missing Reporting Agent Authorization (RAA) or Power of Attorney (POA) forms
  • Verify employee information, including addresses, SSNs and taxability  
  • View the date of your last scheduled payroll of the year
  • Access these helpful Year-End tools: Calculate Checks, Third Party Sick Pay, Off-Cycle Payroll and Void Checks
  • Download copies of W-2s, 1099s, W-3s and 1096s once they’re available
  • View W-2 invoice when available

The W-2 Tracker also allows you to track your Year-End package through the following delivery stages: Getting Prepared → Processing → Available Online → On the Truck → Delivered. This means you’ll have 24x7 access to the status of your delivery – without having to call the Service Center for an update!

Need help while completing tasks? Click the Contact us with any issues button right on the W-2 Tracker to easily start Chatting with us or to create a Service Request.

Before December 31, 2020

If you haven't processed payrolls regularly due to COVID-19 impacts, but your account is still active with ADP®, you can resume processing payrolls at any time before December 31, 2020.

IMPORTANT! Please verify your payroll check date BEFORE you process any payrolls. To view your payroll check date:

  1. Log into the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform
  2. Go to Pay Frequency under the Company tab

You can make any needed edits to your payroll check date by clicking Edit.

If you need help, please send your ADP Service Team a message from your Apple® or Android™ device. To start a message, open the RUN Mobile App and click Contact Us > Send Message (Apple users) OR the Live Chat button in the top-right corner (Android users). You can also Chat with us by logging into the RUN platform and clicking the chat icon at the bottom of any page.

Based on the information we have for your company, the RUN Powered by ADP (RUN)/Payroll Plus platform can help you determine if you have any ACA reporting requirements.

  1. Login to the RUN/Payroll Plus platform
  2. On the homepage, select the Home tab
  3. Under Human Resources, select Affordable Care Act
  4. View your 2020 employee count and follow the prompts to determine if you have any reporting requirements.

Note: Please check with your respective states for individual reporting requirements.

Alert If you made changes to your account due to COVID-19, it's important that all the below information is accurate and up-to-date to help avoid any filing disruptions or delivery delays.

Verify the following information for the company:

  • Tax IDs
  • Legal name
  • Legal address*
  • Federal, state, and local (if applicable) tax identification numbers
  • State unemployment rates

*To update your company's Legal Address, go to the Company tab, select Company Details and click Edit next to Company Legal.

On the Company tab, review each page to verify that information is accurate. If you find an error, make your changes on the Company Info and Company Tax pages.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform to assist you with verifying company information. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Validate Company/Employee Information to begin the Guided Walk Through.

Alert If you made changes to your account due to COVID-19, it's important that all the below information is accurate and up-to-date to help avoid any filing disruptions or delivery delays.

W-2s will be shipped to the delivery address associated with your account, which may be different from your business's legal address or payroll delivery address.

You can verify your W-2 delivery address within the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN)/Payroll Plus® platform:

  1. Under the Company tab, click on Company Details.
  2. View your W-2 delivery address. If you need to make any changes, click Edit.
  3. Using the dropdown box, select "Legal" if your W-2 delivery address is the same as your legal address. To enter a different address, select "Other."
  4. Enter your new W-2 delivery address information and click Save.

Please note: W-2s cannot be delivered to a P.O. box.

If you do not have online access to this information, please send the ADP® Service team a message from your Apple® or Android™ device. To start a message, open the RUN Mobile App and click Contact Us > Send Message (Apple users) OR the Live Chat button in the top-right corner (Android users). You can also Chat with us by logging into the RUN platform and clicking the chat icon at the bottom of any page.

Some jurisdictions require that you provide an EITC notification to each of your employees with their annual tax forms. If your business is located in one of these jurisdictions, click the link to access and print the applicable notification.

Additional information on the Earned Income Tax Credit can be found on your jurisdiction’s website.

*Maryland requires employers to provide the notification to employees by December 31.

Although you can process a bonus payroll at any time during the year, many are processed at the end of the year.

There are two types of bonus earnings available in the payroll application: Bonus and Supplemental Bonus. It’s important to use the appropriate earning because each one is taxed differently.

  • Bonus earning: the bonus payroll is taxed at the regular rate, the same as a normal payroll.
  • Supplemental Bonus earning: the bonus payroll is taxed at the supplemental wage rates for federal and state income tax. For 2020, the federal rate is a flat 22% up to $1 million and 37% for amounts exceeding $1 million.

To be sure that your W-2 amounts are correct, process your bonus payrolls before the end of the year.

If you want to surprise your employees with the bonus, consider processing an Off-Cycle Payroll after you run your regular payroll. That way, the bonus amount won't be included in the year-to-date total.

From the homepage in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN)/Payroll Plus® platform, click the Off-Cycle Payroll button and select Bonus Payroll to easily customize the settings of your bonus payroll. Just select the bonus earning type, your preferences for pay method*, and voluntary deductions. The RUN/Payroll Plus platform will then configure your bonus payroll and even setup the new bonus earning on the company level, if needed.

*If you would like to hand your employees a physical check for their bonus, make sure you select "By live check" as your payment method.

If your federal tax liabilities for the bonus payroll are over $100,000.00, the taxes must be deposited the business day after the check date.

Helpful Hint: Learn more about how to process a bonus payroll here.

Run your last scheduled payrolls for the year, including bonus payrolls and Off-Cycle Payrolls necessary to account for any outstanding manual checks, voided checks, third party sick payments, or adjustments.

The last day you can submit final 2020 payrolls with a check date in December is 12/31. Payrolls submitted after 12/31 may incur penalty and interest charges.

If you have to run another payroll before the end of the year, you will have to review your company, employee, and contractor totals again.

Important: If an employee receives payment in the next year for days worked in the current year, earnings and deductions are reflected in the new year. Payroll taxes are based upon the date wages are paid, not the date wages are earned.

Please review the W-2 Preview report to verify the following information - spelling of employees' names, social security numbers, addresses, and wages.

You can view your tax forms by logging into the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform and clicking Review Tax Documents under the Taxes tab.

Please note: 4Q tax forms will be available once they are filed.

NEED MORE HELP? A step-by-step Guided Walk Through is available in the RUN platform to assist you with downloading Quarterly Reports. Click the Year-End Tasks and Tips button on the RUN homepage banner, then select Download Quarterly Reports to begin the Guided Walk Through.

 

If you have a retirement plan through an administrator other than ADP® and any of your employees are set up with a retirement plan catch-up deduction, both the regular and catch-up deductions will automatically come out of the first payroll of 2021 unless you request a change. Be sure to report any changes with your first payroll of 2021.

  1. Starting Point: Employees > Directory.
  2. Click on the employee and select Earnings and Deductions.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where the deductions are listed.
  4. Click Edit for the catch-up deduction you want to stop.
  5. Click Stop Deduction.

January & February

Before your first payroll of 2021

If you elected to have your PTO Balances cleared* at the end of the year, please note PTO Balances are not cleared from the RUN Powered by ADP® platform on the first day of the new year. They are cleared when the first payroll, with a check date in the new year, is processed.

To ensure balances are cleared, the Clear Balances At Year End box must be checked before the first payroll of the Default Accrual Period is processed. The Default Accrual Period is set on the Company level and can be overridden on the Employee level.

If you want to clear the Carried Forward amount after the start of the Default Accrual Period, navigate to Employees > Paid Time Off for the employee. Make any needed adjustments to the employee's Carried Forward amounts.

*Be sure to check any applicable paid sick leave law record retention requirements, prior to clearing any employee paid sick leave information.

The first payroll of the year is the perfect time to review and update your employee deductions, such as:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement deductions such as 401(k)*
  • Other voluntary deductions

*You should plan to change retirement deductions based on the new limits for 2021. Limits generally change from year to year. Make sure you become familiar with the new limits and update your employee's deductions, if necessary. You can review the new limits in the Earnings and Deductions Quick Reference guide in the RUN Powered by ADP® platform (Help & Support > Payroll & HR > Reference Guides).

Your state may have updated its W-4 form. Make sure that you’re using the correct form by checking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website here: https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/government-sites

If you have a retirement plan through an administrator other than ADP® and any of your employees are set up with a retirement plan catch-up deductions, both the regular and catch-up deductions will automatically come out of the first payroll of 2021 unless you request a change. Be sure to report any changes with your first payroll of 2021.

  1. Starting Point: Employees > Directory.
  2. Click on the employee and select Earnings and Deductions.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where the deductions are listed.
  4. Click Edit for the catch-up deduction you want to stop.
  5. Click Stop Deduction.

To order pre-printed check stock, visit the ADP Form Center. Payroll Plus® clients can order forms and envelopes here.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires certain employers to report health coverage information to their employees and the IRS annually.

Your resources:

Note: Please check with your respective states for individual reporting requirements.

If any changes apply to your business, be sure to update the information in the system.

Jan. 1, 2021 minimum wage increases:

Timing: This chart covers January 1, 2021 minimum wage increases for all applicable states and some larger U.S. cities. Some states increase their minimum wage rates mid-year or on a different cycle. The information below applies to January 1, 2021 increases only (Note: New York increases their minimum wage on December 31).

Pending Updates: Several jurisdictions adjust their minimum wage rates annually for inflation, some of which haven't yet announced whether and to what extent the minimum wage will increase for January 2021. This is not an exhaustive list. There may be additional jurisdictions that have scheduled increases for January 1. Check your state and local laws to confirm compliance.

Multiple Rates: If an employee is subject to more than one minimum wage requirement (such as federal, state, and local), you should generally comply with the rate most generous to the employee. Additionally, if your business is located in one state, but you have employees (such as remote workers) working in another jurisdiction, the minimum wage in the location where the employee performs work generally applies.

Local minimum wage increases:

Several cities are also increasing their minimum wage effective January 1, 2021. Some of these include:

$14 (25 employees or less)
$15 (26 employees or more)

Note: Under city law, employers that contribute at least a certain amount towards an employee medical benefits plan may be able to take a limited credit toward the minimum wage in 2021. Remember, employers must also comply with the state minimum wage. If the state minimum wage is higher than the applicable city rate with the credit, employers must pay at least the state minimum wage.

Jurisdiction Minimum wage rate January 1, 2021
Flagstaff, AZ $15
Belmont, CA $15.90
Burlingame, CA $15
Cupertino, CA $15.65
Daly City, CA $15
El Cerrito, CA $15.61
Half Moon Bay, CA $15
Hayward, CA $14 (25 or fewer employees)
$15 (26 or more employees)
Los Altos, CA $15.65
Menlo Park, CA $15.25
Mountain View, CA $16.30
Novato, CA $14 (1-25 employees)
$15 (26-99 employees)
$15.24 (100 or more employees)
Oakland, CA $14.36
Palo Alto, CA $15.65
Petaluma, CA $15.20
Redwood City, CA $15.62
Richmond, CA

$15.21 (general)

Note: Under city law, employers that contribute at least a certain amount towards an employee medical benefits plan may be able to take a limited credit toward the minimum wage. Remember, employers must also comply with the state minimum wage. If the state minimum wage is higher than the applicable city rate with the credit, employers must pay at least the state minimum wage.

San Carlos, CA $15.24
San Diego, CA $14
San Jose, CA $15.45
San Mateo, CA $15.62
Santa Clara, CA $15.65
Santa Rosa, CA $15.20
Sonoma, CA
South San Francisco, CA $15.24
Sunnyvale, CA $16.30
Denver, CO $14.77
Portland, ME $12.15
Albuquerque, NM $10.50
$9.50 (if not covered by state minimum wage and employer provides healthcare and/or childcare benefits of at least $2,500 per employee per year)
Las Cruces, NM $10.50
SeaTac, WA $16.57
Seattle, WA $16.69
$15 (if employer has 1-500 employees and provides $1.69/hour in medical benefits/tips)

Click here to get complete 2021 Payroll Wage/Tax Information by State. If any changes apply to your business, be sure to update the information in the system.

If you receive a new state unemployment insurance (SUI) notice for 2021, please upload the notice in the RUN Powered by ADP® platform by going to the Taxes tab > SUI Rate Changes.

You will receive an email confirmation once the rate has been updated.

Georgia Employers: The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced that they are no longer mailing their Annual UI Tax Rate Notices to employers. You will need to log into the GDOL Employer Portal https://dol.georgia.gov/ to retrieve your rate change notice.

New York Employers: Please be aware that an increased contribution rate for New York Paid Family Leave will go into effect on January 1, 2021. Visit New York State's website to learn more about New York Paid Family Leave updates for 2021. 

You and employees (with Employee Access®) will be able to view your W-2s and 1099s on or around January 4, 2021. Please review online or via Employee Self Service prior to receiving the package with the physical forms.

W-2s will be available online in the RUN Powered by ADP® Payroll for Partners and Payroll Plus® platforms shortly after January 14, 2021.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for submitting W-2s to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Form 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to the IRS is January 31, 2021.

Reminder! SSNs and TINs will now be truncated on copies of Forms W-2, 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. This includes copies that are provided to employees to report third party sick pay and group-term life insurance. It is important that your employees' and/or contractors' SSNs/TINs are accurate and up-to-date before January 15, 2021, as they will not have visibility to their full SSNs/TINs once W-2s, 1099-MISCs and 1099-NECs are printed and distributed.

Helpful Hint: Our NEW W-2 Tracker, located on the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) homepage, will show you when your W-2s are available online! You can use the W-2 Tracker to also track when your package is On the Truck and Delivered. Make sure you distribute W-2s and/or 1099s to your employees/contractors by January 31, 2021. 

Second week of January

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 18. If your check date falls on this date, please adjust it to avoid delaying your employees' direct deposits.

Helpful Hint: You can now receive payroll text and calendar reminders 2 days before you're scheduled to process payroll. We'll even remind you of upcoming holidays in case you need to run payroll early! Log into the RUN Powered by ADP®/Payroll Plus® platform, click your name in the top, right-hand corner and select Settings to begin setup today.

Forms must be postmarked for delivery to employees prior to January 31, 2021.

You can now track the status of your W-2 and 1099 packages using our NEW W-2 Tracker. Just log into the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform to view your package's status right from the homepage: 

  • Getting Prepared 
  • Processing 
  • Available Online 
  • On the Truck
  • Delivered 

If you require a reprint of your W-2s, the W-2 Tracker will automatically update to display the status of your corrected package(s). You can view the tracking information for your W-2 package(s) by clicking the Delivery Tracking button on the On the Truck and/or Delivered pages. If you have multiple packages processing, the W-2 Tracker's status will remain as On the Truck until all W-2 packages are delivered.

End of January 2021

File the annual tax forms (Forms 944, 940, 943, state income and unemployment tax returns, W-2, W-3, 8027) applicable to your business.

Not sure where to send your information? Visit the State Government Websites section of the IRS site for details on electronic filing or to locate a physical address(es).

ADP® does not file your 1099-MISCs or 1099-NECs. If you have 1099-MISCs or 1099-NECs, you are responsible for filing them and a 1096 with the appropriate agencies by their required due date. Form 1096 will include totals for both the 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC.

Form 1099-MISC is the miscellaneous income form that employers must file for non-employees who are paid compensation of $600.00 or more (including rents, royalties, prizes, awards, etc.) during the year.

Form 1099-NEC is the new form introduced by the IRS in 2020 to report non-employee compensation. These amounts were previously reported in Box 7 of the Form 1099-MISC. It is important to fill this out for each of your contractors with non-employee compensation.

You can view and print your contractor(s) 1099s in the RUN Powered by ADP® (RUN) platform from the W-2s and 1099s option in the Taxes section on the Reports menu.

You will receive the following forms in your year end package:

  • 1099-MISC:
    • 1099-M Copy A - Copy of the 1099-M that you send to the IRS for each contractor who receives a 1099-MISC.
    • 1099-M Copy B - Copy of the 1099-MISC that you give directly to your contractor. The contractor includes the 1099-MISC information on personal federal, state and, if applicable, local income tax returns.
    • 1099-M Copy C - Copy of the 1099-MISC that you send to the applicable state and, if applicable, local taxing agency for each contractor who receives a 1099-MISC.

Note: You will only receive copies of Forms 1099-MISC if you recorded 1099-Rent in the RUN platform. 

  • 1099-NEC:
    • 1099-NEC Copy A - Copy of the 1099-NEC that you send to the IRS for each contractor who receives a 1099-NEC.
    • 1099-NEC Copy B - Copy of the 1099-NEC that you give directly to your contractor. The contractor includes the 1099-NEC information on personal federal, state and, if applicable, local income tax returns.
    • 1099-NEC Copy C - Copy of the 1099-NEC that you send to the applicable state and, if applicable, local taxing agency for each contractor who receives a 1099-NEC.
  • Federal 1096: The 1099 Transmittal Form, which is a summary of the information contained in the 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC forms. You send one copy to the IRS along with a copy of each of your 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC forms.

Please note: 1099-MISCs and 1099-NECs must be in your contractor(s) hands by January 31, 2021. Filing of these forms, plus the W3 and 1096 are also due 1/31/21.

January 31, 2021

January 31, 2021 is the deadline to distribute W-2s to your employees or 1099s to your contractors.

Check your envelope size. The price to mail a 1 oz, first-class letter (standard size) is 55 cents. If it weighs more than 1 oz, additional postage will be required.

We've also added a new QR code to the back of your employees' W-2 envelopes, so they can easily download and start taking advantage of Employee Access® - our free, self-service feature! 

Stop worrying about stamps - learn about the benefits our Paperless Payroll solution offers you and your employees. 

Helpful Hint: ADP® offers your employees the ability to import their Form W-2 information directly into certain tax preparation software at no extra cost. This helps make tax preparation easier and more accurate. Tell your employees to look for the pop-up in Employee Access® at myAccess.adp.com for more detailed information on this offering. 

Some jurisdictions require that you provide an EITC notification to each of your employees with their annual tax forms. If your business is located in one of these jurisdictions, click the link to access and print the applicable notification.

Additional information on the Earned Income Tax Credit can be found on your jurisdiction’s website.

Employer Resources

Year-End Checklist: This printable checklist helps you keep track of important year-end tasks.

Fringe Benefits Details: Understand the types and where they're reported on W-2s.

Processing an Off-Cycle Payroll: Learn how to run an Off-Cycle Payroll.

2020 Payroll Calendar / 2021 Payroll Calendar: Keep track of bank holidays and other important dates.

Paperless Payroll: Stop worrying about delivery delays. Start receiving your payroll reports and pay statements online.

Year-End 2020: Pay & COVID-19 Considerations: Did you miss our 30-minute webcast on holiday pay, W-2s, and COVID-19 tax credits and deferrals? You can now access it on demand here!

1099 Package Information: Find out what's included.

Employee Access®: Save time and empower your employees with online access to their payroll information.

Spark Powered by ADP® Blog: Helping ignite the power of your people.

Accountant ConnectSM: A one-stop shop for your accountant and an easy way to stay connected!

Contact Us: Find out how to quickly connect with us if you need assistance.

Sample Forms: Learn more about the information included on the Form W-2, Form 1099-MISC and Form 1099-NEC.