If you're a freelancer or independent contractor, you're considered self-employed, which means you're responsible for paying self-employment and income taxes.
Quarterly estimated taxes help you proactively pay taxes as you earn money throughout the year.
You can print your quarterly estimated tax vouchers through TaxAct.
If you expect a tax bill of at least $1,000 after subtracting withholding and refundable credits, you'll be expected to pay taxes.
Even if you owe more than $1,000 when you file, you won’t be assessed an underpayment penalty if your total withholding and timely estimated tax payments equal at least 90% percent of your expected current tax liability or 100% percent of your previous year's tax liability (or 110% if your previous year's adjusted gross income was more than $150,000 or $75,000 if married filing separately).
If your previous year tax liability was zero (0), you're not required to make estimated tax payments for the current year. You can still choose to make quarterly payments so you’re not faced with a huge bill at tax time.
Either complete the Estimated Tax Worksheet for your tax year or pay 100% percent (or 110% as described above) of your previous year's tax liability.
Calculate your total estimated tax for the year and divide that number by four. If you missed a payment, adjust subsequent payments accordingly.
Even if you pay enough tax each quarter, you may still be assessed an underpayment penalty if you didn't pay the minimum required amount by the due date each quarter.
To estimate your current year tax payments:
If you figure your quarterly payments with TaxAct, you can print the payment vouchers and mail them to the IRS along with checks or money orders.
Note. If you see a message indicating you have not paid your return fees, click the View/Pay your return fees link, which will direct you through the Paper Filing steps. Continue through the screens until you have processed the payment for your product fees and then repeat the steps to print.
Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.