Payroll taxes which are not withheld from employees are expenses of the employer. Two examples of payroll taxes that are not withheld from employees but which must be remitted to the government by the employer are the employer's portion of the FICA or Social Security and Medicare taxes and the state and federal unemployment taxes. Since these are to be paid by the employer, these are expenses. They are also liabilities until the employer remits the required amounts to the government.
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