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Understanding Estimated Tax Payments: What You Need to Know for June


As the warmth of summer begins to unfold, the last thing most of us want to ponder over is taxes. However, for savvy taxpayers, June is a significant month for taxpayers, especially for freelancers, small business owners, and others who don't have taxes withheld from their income, marking important deadlines that could impact your financial health and compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Let's unpack the key tax deadlines for June 2024 and the steps you can take to stay ahead.

Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments

For freelancers, small business owners, and others who don't have taxes withheld from their income, June 17, 2024, marks the deadline for the second quarterly estimated tax payment. The foundation of our tax law relies on a "pay-as-you-go" system. Unlike traditional employees, who fulfill their tax obligations through withholdings from their payroll checks on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, those who are self-employed or earn income outside of regular employment must adopt a proactive approach to managing their tax responsibilities.

By accurately estimating annual income and making quarterly payments, individuals can avoid underpayment penalties. You can make these payments by using the IRS online payment system at

Navigating Variable Income Streams: For those whose income isn’t consistent throughout the year—common in freelance and entrepreneurial ventures—it's essential to revisit and possibly adjust your estimated payments each quarter to reflect any significant changes in your financial landscape to ensure you remain on track and penalty-free.

Embracing Technology for Seamless Transactions: Leverage technology to simplify the process of making your estimated tax payments. The IRS provides the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), Direct Pay, and the option to pay using a card or digital wallet as reliable and convenient methods to make payments, keep track of your transaction history, and maintain records for personal finance management.

Year-Round Diligence: While the June 17 deadline is crucial for the second quarter, remember to prepare for the other quarterly deadlines—September 15, and January 15 of the following year. Staying aware of these dates ensures you manage your payments effectively, avoiding unnecessary stress or financial strain.

Proactively managing your estimated tax payments not only keeps you compliant with IRS regulations but also empowers you to have better control over your financial health. Regularly updating your estimated earnings, utilizing efficient payment platforms, and consulting with a tax professional when necessary can demystify the process and lead to a more organized financial life.


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