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Tax Info -- My online articles about preparing and paying taxes

Updated on October 13, 2014

Death and Taxes... We really can't avoid either one

These online articles are about a couple of things we really can't avoid: mostly taxes and one article about death. The tax articles will help you get a better feel for the following tax-related issues:

- Preparing taxes

- Paying taxes

- Dealing with taxes as a self-employed person

- Tax due dates

Oh boy, taxes. They're something we'd like to avoid but they're a necessary evil. But, sometimes we'd like to just say: "Taxes, go away."

Photo Source: Peggy Hazelwood

2014 Due Dates for Quarterly Taxes

If you're like me and are self-employed, you pay estimated quarterly taxes. It's always nice to have a reminder of when those quarterly taxes are due. Here are the 2014 quarterly tax due dates:

- April 15, 2014

- June 16, 2014

- September 16, 2013

- January 15, 2015

Be Sure to Pay Uncle Sam

We all have to pay Uncle Sam if we live in the United States of America.
We all have to pay Uncle Sam if we live in the United States of America. | Source

Articles About Taxes

Read up on taxes in the U.S. and related money articles.

Tax Preparation

I used to always use a CPA to prepare my tax returns, but the past few years I've done it myself using Turbo Tax. It's actually not that bad and this stuff really gives me a headache!

Last year I used TaxAct, which is free for federal filing. Then I had to pay less than $20 to electronically file my state taxes.

Hints for Paying Quarterly Taxes

Keep your nose clean and pay taxes on time

If you're self-employed like me, and earn a certain amount of money (I'm not sure what the amount is off the top of my head), you should pay quarterly taxes. This tax rule or guideline is in place so the federal and state government gets their money throughout the year rather than a lump sum at the end of the year.

Likewise, I think it's a good idea to pay quarterly taxes, especially if you're not a saver, so you don't have to come up with a large lump sum at the end of the year. I'm a saver so I wouldn't have a problem paying the larger lump sum, but I like the idea of paying my income taxes as I go.

To make paying quarterly taxes easy, here are a few tactics I use to ensure I pay on the due dates, because I mail my taxes on the due date, not before, usually. I'm not perfect after all! But as long as the envelope is postmarked on the due date, it's all good.

- Write a note on your calendar: I jot down "Qtrly Taxes Due" on the actual due date of a calendar I have hanging beside my desk. This lets me know when I need to pay them. See the due 2011 dates in the paragraph up yonder.

- Keep a file folder handy: I have a file folder with the quarterly tax forms for federal and state at my desk. I keep business-size envelopes in there so all I have to do is get my checkbook, a calculator, and my income and expenses records when it's time to pay quarterly estimated taxes.

- Jot down how much to pay: Figure out the estimated percentage according to the tax forms (17 percent federal, 8 percent state, whatever it is) for both federal and state. Jot those numbers down and pay that percentage each quarter. These are estimated taxes and you can make up the difference either way at the end of the year.

Mixing Taxes and Politics - Okay, maybe not, but it's a poll!

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    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for good, simple tips that are useful! The tax code desperately needs to be simplified. I'm a flat tax proponent. however, that won't happen. Too many people have built their careers and fortunes on interpreting its complexity.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      A timely topic. Thanks for including the Lasser's guide. Those were very popular in the library when tax time came around.


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