When Are Estimated Tax Payments Due in 2024?

You make estimated tax payments to the IRS if you are self-employed or don’t have taxes withheld from your income for other reasons. Here's what else you need to know.

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Making estimated tax payments is important since the U.S. tax system operates on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. This means the IRS expects you to pay a portion of your income as soon as you earn it.

As an employee,  as many know, the government automatically withholds taxes from your paycheck based on your Form W-4. Also, retirees may have taxes taken from their Social Security payments and retirement plan distributions.

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IRS schedule for 2024 estimated tax payments
PaymentWhen Income Earned in 2023Due Date
1st PaymentSept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023Jan. 16, 2024
2nd PaymentJan. 1 to March 31, 2024April 15, 2024
3rd PaymentApr. 1 to May 31, 2024June 17, 2024
4th PaymentJune 1 - Aug. 31, 2024Sept. 16, 2024

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

As the senior tax editor at Kiplinger.com, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.