Estimated state tax payments are a way to pay tax on income that may not be subject to state withholding. This would include income from self-employment, interest, dividends, alimony (if applicable), rent, gains from the sale of assets, prizes, and even awards. You can also elect to make estimated payments if the amount of income tax being withheld from your salary, pension, or other income is not enough to cover your state tax liability.
Why would I need to pay State Estimated Taxes?
If you are filing as a sole proprietor, partner, S Corporation shareholder and/or self-employed, you will generally need to make estimated tax payments if you expect to owe tax of certain amount at the time you file your return.
You can also elect to make estimated payments if the amount of income tax being withheld from your salary, pension, or other income is not enough to cover your state tax liability.
Where do I report my State Estimated payments?
You will report your estimated payments in the Federal Section of the return.
- Federal Section
- Payments & Estimates
- State Estimated Tax Payments
Enter the payments based on when they were made. Do not enter withholdings. State Estimated Payments do not include withholdings.
Each state has its own rules regarding who is required to make state estimated payments, Check your state's instructions for more information.