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I started working as a contractor for the past two months. I've been setting aside the taxes but don't know where to go from there. The schedule says quarterly so would I just pay for July and August? Thanks for your help.
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First of all, props for planning ahead on your taxes! You’re way ahead of the game.

Quarterly taxes are typically due on the 15th of the month following the end of the quarter. So for standard calendar tax payers, it would look like this:

  • 1st Qtr (Jan-Mar) due April 15th
  • 2nd Qtr (Apr-Jun) due July 15th
  • 3rd Qtr (Jul-Sep) due Oct 15th
  • 4th Qtr (Oct-Dec) due Jan 15th

You can pay the tax at any time during the quarter, but it won’t be considered “late” till after the 15th. Once you’re ready to pay, you can mail a check or use IRS Direct Pay! Check out our in-depth guide on how to pay quarterly taxes for more instructions.

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Sarah York, EA

Sarah is a staff writer at Keeper Tax and has her Enrolled Agent license with the IRS. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, Money Under 30, Best Life, GOBankingRates, and Shopify. She has nearly a decade of public accounting experience, and has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate, wholesale and retail, finance, and ecommerce. Sarah has extensive experience offering strategic tax planning at the state and federal level. During her time in industry, she handled tax returns for C Corps, S corps, partnerships, nonprofits, and sole proprietorships. Sarah is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and maintains her continuing education requirements by completing over 30 hours of tax training every year. In her spare time, she is a devoted cat mom and enjoys hiking, baking, and overwatering her houseplants.

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