2007 Estimated taxes


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plezzie

How can I determine how much I have already paid for last yrs.
estimated taxes?
 
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ed

How can I determine how much I have already paid for last yrs.
estimated taxes?

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You bank statements and/or cancelled checks might be a good source of
infomation.

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joeu2004

How can I determine how much I have already paid for last yrs.
estimated taxes?
Something's wrong with the question.  People who make
estimated tax payments have a record of the payments they've
made, so you must be asking about something else.  Can you
clarify exactly what you're trying to find out [...]?
It is not uncommon for disorganized people to lose track of
what checks they have written. This is especially true for
children of elderly parents. The latter fail to keep records,
and the children are forced to play catch-up when they take
control of their parents' finances.

Of course, getting copies of the statements from the bank(s)
is the right answer.

But here's a tongue-in-cheek answer for the future.

Under-report the estimated tax payments on the tax return
each year. This will cause you to over-compute the tax
liability and either overpay taxes due or under-report the
refund.

Eventually, the IRS (and state tax authority) will send you
an additional refund. But also, the IRS (at least) will send
you a notice the following year to inform you of the total
amount of estimated taxes paid in the just-ended tax year.

I discovered that this year, as a result of a lot of confusion
caused by the CPA who (incorrectly) prepared my mother's
tax returns last year.
 
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Phil Marti

joeu2004 said:
Under-report the estimated tax payments on the tax return
each year. This will cause you to over-compute the tax
liability and either overpay taxes due or under-report the
refund.

Eventually, the IRS (and state tax authority) will send you
an additional refund.
Don't count on it. When I lived in DC they managed to misplace all of my ES
payments, for which I had canceled checks, one year. It took me an
afternoon at their office to get it fixed.
 
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Benjamin Yazersky CPA

Something's wrong with the question. People who make
estimated tax payments have a record of the payments they've
made, so you must be asking about something else. Can you
clarify exactly what you're trying to find out [...]?
It is not uncommon for disorganized people to lose track of
what checks they have written. This is especially true for
children of elderly parents. The latter fail to keep records,
and the children are forced to play catch-up when they take
control of their parents' finances.

Of course, getting copies of the statements from the bank(s)
is the right answer.

But here's a tongue-in-cheek answer for the future.

Under-report the estimated tax payments on the tax return
each year. This will cause you to over-compute the tax
liability and either overpay taxes due or under-report the
refund.

Eventually, the IRS (and state tax authority) will send you
an additional refund. But also, the IRS (at least) will send
you a notice the following year to inform you of the total
amount of estimated taxes paid in the just-ended tax year.

I discovered that this year, as a result of a lot of confusion
caused by the CPA who (incorrectly) prepared my mother's
tax returns last year.

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It is important to keep track of the checks (or in these days
electronic payments) one makes.
You need to be able to go through your own records and be able to
produce this info.
Actually, some states allow taxpayers to obtain their tax info online.
But the IRS just isn't there quite yet. I've heard it could be in the
pipeline in a few years or so.

However, underreporting your estimated tax payments to generate a
refund is just dumb & dumber.
It generally causes much more problems than it can solve.
Relying on the IRS and the state tax dept to get it right is wishful
dreaming.
I can't tell you how many times I have had to deal with the IRS and
state tax dept's because they didn't get the tax payments properly
applied to the tax return. I've also seen states just let the
overpayment just sit in suspense until the taxpayer figures it out and
inquires about it. And by then the statute of limitations has expired
and the govt doesn't issue the refund. YOU LOSE!





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joeu2004

But here's a tongue-in-cheek answer for the future.
[....]
However, underreporting your estimated tax payments to generate
a refund is just dumb & dumber.
That's exactly what "tongue-in-cheek" means in my book.

Well, I guess that's why Hollywood invented the laugh track.
 
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cpabakem01

How can I determine how much I have already paid for last yrs.
estimated taxes?

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<< nor can it used, for the purpose of avoiding penalties  >>
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<<  to this newsgroup as well as our anti-spamming policy  >>
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Call IRS at 1-800-829-1040. They will tell you the amounts and dates
of any payments you may have made

Milt Baker CPA
Michigan

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