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Illinois employers can file federal and state payroll taxes online     Send a link to a friend

The one-click triple advantage

[AUG. 14, 2004]  CHICAGO -- Illinois businesses, until now, had no options for joint payroll tax filings at the federal and state level. They now have the opportunity to complete payments to the Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue and Department of Employment Security in a single submission through the Federal State Employment Tax program, FSET, available only here and in Connecticut thus far.

"Filling paper returns to three agencies is a burdensome process for employers, and the FSET program offers a simple solution," says Brian Hamer, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. "Electronic filing eliminates the need to enter duplicative information. It's fast, secure and provides instant confirmation of filing."

Participating companies and payroll service providers are allowed to select future debit dates from their bank accounts through this electronic payment system. If there are any discrepancies, the employers receive immediate notification that corrections are required. Employers are credited for filing, however, when the submission is first sent online. The program functions 24 hours a day.

"This new online service is another effort by the state to streamline its services and make required government filing easier and more convenient for businesses," according to Brenda Russell, director of Department of Employment Security. "Last January, together with IDOR, we introduced TaxNet, a free service that allows small Illinois businesses to both file their state withholding taxes and pay their unemployment insurance taxes online. FSET enhances electronic filing options by allowing businesses and payroll service providers to add federal withholding taxes in a single process."


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Filing returns electronically allows government agencies to improve service to taxpayers. Returns filed electronically, unlike paper returns that must be received and entered manually, allow instant access to current taxpayer information. Agencies also realize a cost savings for every electronic submission.

Payroll companies and employers that wish to register for FSET should call Kevin Richards at the Illinois Department of Revenue, (217) 782-3664, or Santiago Diaz at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, (312) 793-1923, or go online to www.Iltax.com or www.ides.state.il.us.

PayCycle, at www.paycycle.com, is the first payroll service company to win approval by both state agencies after pilot testing. Employers or payroll services that use FSET are not charged fees, but they are responsible for installing XML programming and setting up their protocols. Those who participate are assured of clean transactions, an ability to warehouse transactions and immediate filing confirmation.

[News release from the
Illinois Department of Revenue and the
Illinois Department of Employment Security]

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