Reminder: Fourth Quarter Tax Payment Due January 16

The IRS is reminding taxpayers of the upcoming deadline for the fourth quarter tax payment, which is crucial to avoid potential penalties or unexpected tax bills when filing in 2024. Understanding this requirement and the associated processes is essential for all taxpayers, especially those with unique income situations.

Who Should Make the Payment?

  • Taxpayers with income not subject to withholding, such as the self-employed or independent contractors, should make quarterly tax payments. 
  • Individuals who owed taxes in the previous year are likely to be in the same situation again and include those who have transitioned from itemizing to standard deductions, households with multiple incomes, and those with non-wage income sources like dividends.

Understanding Taxable Income

  • The IRS emphasizes that most forms of income are taxable. This includes unemployment income, income from the gig economy, digital assets, and even refund interest. 
  • Financial activities, especially toward the year’s end, like bonuses, lottery winnings, stock dividends, and profits from sales of assets like stocks, real estate, or virtual currency, can significantly impact your tax obligations.

1099-K Reporting Threshold Update

  • After feedback, the IRS has decided that for the calendar year 2023, the reduced $600 reporting threshold for Form 1099-K will not be enforced. Instead, third-party organizations will report transactions exceeding $20,000 with more than 200 transactions. This decision aims to ease the transition for taxpayers and tax professionals.

As we navigate the complexities of tax season, it’s not uncommon to have questions or require additional guidance, especially with the recent changes and deadlines. Our team of experienced accountants is here to assist you. Whether it’s understanding the nuances of your tax obligations, making estimated tax payments, or strategizing to minimize your tax liability, we’re ready to provide the support you need.

Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our knowledgeable accountants for personalized advice tailored to your unique financial situation. Our goal is to ensure that you are well-informed and confident about your tax filings.

Remember, proactive planning and professional assistance can make a significant difference in your tax experience. Let us help you navigate this tax season with ease and precision.