Reminder: 3Q estimated taxes are due Thursday, September 15. Here are some things to consider.
- Underpayment penalty.
If you do not have proper tax withholdings during the year, you could be subject to an underpayment penalty. The penalty can occur if you do not have proper withholdings throughout the year. A quick payment at the end of the year may not help avoid the underpayment penalty.
- W-2 withholdings have special treatment. A W-2 withholding payment can be made at any time during the year and be treated as if it was made throughout the year. If you do not have enough funds to pay the estimated quarterly payment now, you may be able to adjust your W-2 withholdings to make up the difference.
- Self-employed. Remember to account for the need to pay your Social Security and Medicare taxes as well. Creating and funding a savings account for this purpose can help avoid the cash flow hit each quarter when you pay your estimated taxes.
- Don’t forget state obligations. With the exception of a few states, you are often also required to make estimated state tax payments if you’re required to do so for your federal taxes. Consider conducting a review of your state obligations to ensure you meet these quarterly estimated tax payments as well.
*If your income is over $150,000 ($75,000 if married filing separately), you must pay 110 percent of last year’s tax obligation to be safe from an underpayment penalty.