IRS Sets Procedures for Eligible Employers to Opt In, Out of Filing Returns

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 IRS issues Rev. Proc. 2009-51 Oct. 26 to set forth the procedures eligible employers may follow to request to file an annual federal tax return or to opt out and request to file quarterly returns instead. IRS issued temporary and final rules (T.D. 9440) and revised proposed rules (REG-148568-04) in December 2008, allowing certain employers to file an annual federal tax return, Form 944, rather than a quarterly return, Form 941. The rules made Form 944 use voluntary.