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A Reminder Of The Third Quarter Estimated Tax Payment

Tax payment deadlines: two words that can strike fear into the hearts of even the most organized individuals. But fear not, tax warriors! This detailed guide equips you with all the knowledge you need to conquer the quarterly estimated tax deadline looming on September 15th.

Who needs to pay estimated taxes?

First things first, not everyone is subject to this quarterly dance. If you expect to owe $1,000 or more in federal income tax for the year, including:

  • Self-employed individuals: freelancers, independent contractors, small business owners
  • Investors: those earning interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Retirees: individuals withdrawing from qualified retirement accounts or receiving pensions
  • Anyone with significant income not subject to withholding: rental income, alimony, taxable awards, cryptocurrency gains

Then buckle up, you’re joining the estimated tax team!

Why are estimated taxes important?

Think of estimated taxes as prepayments on your yearly tax bill. Throughout the year, your income might not be evenly distributed. Estimated payments ensure you’re “staying ahead” and avoid the dreaded penalty for insufficient prepayments if you owe $1,000 or more.

Avoiding Penalties: The Exceptions You Need to Know

Breathe easy, there are ways to sidestep the penalty pit:

  • 90% Rule: If your prepayments and tax credits cover at least 90% of your expected 2022 tax liability, you’re penalty-free!
  • 100% Rule: Even better, prepayments and credits equaling 100% of your 2021 tax bill grant you automatic exemption.

Demystifying Estimated Tax Payments

Confused? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Right here, our tax experts break down everything you need to know about estimated tax payments, from essential tips to penalty avoidance strategies. Watch and learn, tax champions!

Conquering the September 15th Deadline

The clock is ticking, but making your third quarter estimated tax payment doesn’t have to be a stressful scramble. Here’s your plan of action:

  • Review your income and expenses: Take stock of your earnings and deduct eligible expenses to estimate your taxable income.
  • Calculate your quarterly payment: Divide your estimated annual tax liability by four to get your quarterly amount.
  • Choose your payment method: Pay online, mail a check, or visit your local IRS office. Remember, it must be postmarked by September 15th.

Need a Helping Hand? We’re Here for You!

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t hesitate to reach out! Our team of tax professionals is here to guide you through every step, from estimating your taxes to choosing the best payment method. Contact us today and conquer those deadlines with confidence!

Remember: Estimated taxes are not a penalty, but rather a tool to avoid penalties! Stay informed, stay organized, and stay ahead of the game. With this guide and our expert support, you’ll navigate the tax payment maze with ease and emerge victorious!

JS Morlu LLC is a top-tier accounting firm based in Woodbridge, Virginia, with a team of highly experienced and qualified CPAs and business advisors. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive accounting, tax, and business advisory services to clients throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and the surrounding regions. With over a decade of experience, we have cultivated a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and aspirations. We recognize that our clients seek more than just value-added accounting services; they seek a trusted partner who can guide them towards achieving their business goals and personal financial well-being.
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