When you’re self-employed, most states require that you make four quarterly estimated payments throughout the year. You can learn more about quarterly estimated taxes in a blog post that we published here.
In this article, you'll learn how to pay your state estimated quarterly taxes from your Painless1099 account.
Things to know about state estimated quarterly taxes:
- If you live in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, or New Hampshire, you aren’t required to pay quarterly taxes to these states.
- Painless1099 does not automatically send money to your state government, however you can use this article to remit your payments.
There are 3 general steps to getting your quarterly taxes taken care of throughout the year:
- Saving money throughout the year to pay your taxes
- Calculating your quarterly obligations
- Making your payments to the state
Step 1: Saving
It's best practice to put aside a portion of each check to ensure that you have enough money saved for when it's time to make a quarterly payment. Painless1099 automates this process by estimating how much you'll owe from each paycheck and automatically separating these funds aside from what's safe to spend.
Step 2: Calculating
You’ll have to calculate how much you should be paying each quarter to keep yourself out of trouble with your state.
Here’s a list of each state with links to their respective documents used to calculate your quarterly obligation:
*At the time this article was published, these states had not published their calculation instructions for 2017, thus these links are to the 2016 editions.
These forms consider your earnings from the previous year and helps you estimate what your yearly obligation is going to be. You'll then be guided to divide your yearly obligation by 4 to know how much you're going to owe each quarter.
Step 3: Paying
Each state has payment systems you can use to pay your estimated taxes straight from your Painless1099 account.
Here’s a list of each state with links to their respective payment system:
Use your Painless1099 account and routing number to make your payment directly from your Painless1099 account.