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Tax Deadlines

Tax deadlines for quarterly estimated payments in 2021

The IRS requires quarterly estimated tax payments from many people whose income isn’t subject to payroll withholding taxes (usually the self-employed, independent contractors or people with investment earnings). For estimated taxes, the answer to “when are taxes due?” varies: The year is divided into four payment periods, and each period has its own payment due date.

Here’s a look:

If you earned income during this periodEstimated tax payment deadline
Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020Jan. 15, 2021
Jan. 1 – Mar. 31, 2021April 15
April 1 – May 31, 2021June 15 
June 1 – Aug. 31, 2021Sept. 15
Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021Jan. 15, 2022