When will the new tax forms be available?

Alerts and notices

This article provides a general estimate of the release dates for payroll tax forms.

Payroll tax forms are all typically available by the end of the year, quarter, or month for which they are due, ensuring that you can process them in a timely manner.

Before you can use the latest forms, you'll need to follow these steps.

  1. Renew your Accounting CS license.
  2. Download your renewed license into Accounting CS.
  3. Choose Help > About to verify the version number of Accounting CS that you are using. Compare that version number to the one shown in the latest user bulletin.

    Note: Depending on when you renew your license, an application update may not be available immediately. See License expiration and renewal dates for information about when each application is available for download.

  4. When you open Accounting CS, if you see a notification that a new update is available, use CS Connect to download and apply it. Show me.
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Form Estimated form release
941 End of March
Forms W-2 and W-3 for new year (all copies except the black-and-white versions of Copy A and W-3) End of March
940, 943, 944, & 945 End of December
Forms W-2, W-3, and W-2c black-and-white version and internet file End of December
Forms 1099 and 1099 Corrected internet files End of December
Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and internet files End of December
Forms 1094-C corrected and 1095-C Corrected and internet files End of December
Forms 1094-C and 1095-C Replacement internet files End of December
Form 8655 End of December

State and local forms

After state and local forms are approved by their jurisdictions, we release them in time for you to file them in a timely manner.

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Internal notes


Example of prior release dates:

  • User bulletin 2018.1.0 on 3/26/2018 contained the 941 along with Forms W-2 and W-3 for new year (all copies except the black-and-white versions of Copy A and W-3).
  • User bulletin 2018.4.0 on 12/20/2018 contained the remainder of the forms listed in the grid above.