The Internal Revenue Service has redesigned Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return. The new, simplified form is intended to help businesses, tax practitioners and payroll companies avoid common errors, and to reduce the burden associated with completing and filing the form. Form 941 is used to report wages, tips and other compensation paid, as well as Social Security, Medicare and income taxes collected. More than 23 million of these forms are filed annually by 6.6 million employers. The redesigned form features an improved layout, plain-language instructions, simplified deposit reporting and paid preparer identification. The form is also scannable, which the IRS expects will reduce transcription errors. "The new 941 is much easier on the eye and much more user-friendly," said Scott Mezistrano, senior manager of government relations for the American Payroll Association. "With the shading, bigger boxes and improved instructions right on the form, you know exactly what you are supposed to report and where to put it. The IRS did a very thorough job of reviewing every line on the 941 and considering how it could be made more clear."

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