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What is the purpose of the 940 tax form?

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Employers use the 940 tax form for their annual federal unemployment tax return, states the Internal Revenue Service. As of 2014, the FUTA tax rate is 6 percent and applies to the first $7,000 an employer pays each employee in annual wages. The rules differ for household and agricultural employees.

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Generally, employers must file Form 940 if they paid at least $1,500 in wages to employees in any calendar

quarter during the previous two years. They must also use it if they had one or more employees for part of a day in any 20 or more different weeks in at least one of the two prior years. The count includes all temporary, part-time and full-time employees, explains the IRS.

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