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See Rev. Ruling 80-164 for a cash basis taxpayer. The employees' share of payroll taxes is deductible in the year the wages are paid. The employer's share of taxes is deductible in the year paid. Employers pay FICA, FUTA, and SUTA. Employees pay FICA, fed w/h, state w/h, etc.
If you are an accrual basis taxpayer, then you should probably be accruing the full amount...
Either way, this should clear it up. I'm not attuned to your method of accounting for tax purposes (right or wrong it should generally be consistent), so I can't give you a definite answer, but you've got what you need now when it comes to applying the information to your specifics.
For a much more thorough discussion between tax pros (some confused), see here:
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Rev. Rul. 80-164
An employer who reports income on the cash receipts and disbursements method of accounting should deduct under the provisions of section 162 of the Code the withheld federal taxes (imposed on the employee and withheld from the employee's wages) as wages for the taxable year in which such taxes are withheld. However, the FICA and Federal Unemployment Tax Act taxes (section 3301) imposed upon the employer with respect to wages paid employees are deductible when paid to the United States."