What taxpayers need to know about making 2022 estimated tax payments

Jun 27, 2022

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This article is posted with permission from our partner IRS and originally appeared on the IRS blog at: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/school-is-out-for-the-summer-but-tax-planning-is-year-round

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By law, everyone must pay tax as they earn income. Generally, taxpayers must pay at least 90 percent of their taxes throughout the year through withholding, estimated or additional tax payments or a combination of the two. If they don't, they may owe an estimated tax penalty when they file. Some taxpayers earn income not subject to withholding. For small business owners and self-employed people, that usually means making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Here are some key things to help taxpayers determine if they need to make estimated tax payments:

  • Generally, taxpayers need to make estimated tax payments if they expect to owe $1,000 or more when they file their 2022 tax return, after adjusting for any withholding.
  • The IRS urges anyone in this situation to check their withholding using the Tax Withholding Estimator on IRS.gov. If the estimator suggests a change, the taxpayer can submit a new Form W-4 PDF to their employer.
  • Aside from business owners and self-employed individuals, people who need to make estimated payments also include sole proprietors, partners, and S corporation shareholders. It also often includes people involved in the sharing economy.
  • Corporations generally must make these payments if they expect to owe $500 or more on their 2022 tax return.
  • Aside from income tax, taxpayers can pay other taxes through estimated tax payments. This includes self-employment tax and the alternative minimum tax.
  • The remaining deadlines for paying the 2022 quarterly estimated tax are June 15, September 15, and January 17, 2023.
  • Taxpayers can check out these forms for details on how to figure their payments:
  • Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for IndividualsPDF
  • Form 1120-W, Estimated Tax for Corporations PDF
  • Taxpayers can visit IRS.gov to find options for paying estimated taxes. These include:
  • Direct Pay from a bank account.
  • Paying by credit or debit card or the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
  • Mailing a check or money order to the IRS.
  • Paying cash at a retail partner.
  • Anyone who pays too little tax PDFthrough withholding, estimated tax payments, or a combination of the two may owe a penalty. In some cases, the penalty may apply if their estimated tax payments are late. The penalty may apply even if the taxpayer is due a refund.

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