I did my taxes last night and I did not like the results. I owe about $1500 on my federal and state income taxes including a $22 penalty on my federal tax for not having enough taxes withheld during the year. I knew I would owe taxes this year but I didn’t think it would be so much.
If you’re self-employed you should pay quarterly taxes. I’ve been able to get away with not doing that until now because my self-employment income was relatively small and my total income was very small so that with credits and deductions I owed very little or got a refund. I thought about paying estimated taxes in 2012 since my online income had increased quite a bit. After the Google hit in spring though I figured my income wouldn’t add up to much and my tax bill wouldn’t be too high. I did claim zero exemptions on the W-2s for my jobs and contributed to a traditional IRA to help reduce my tax bill. That wasn’t enough though and now I’ve got to pay $1500 all at once. It definitely hurts more to make one big payment then to have it taken out gradually over the year. Luckily, I do have a decent paying job so coming up with the money won’t be a problem. I just won’t be able to save any money this month.
This should be a lesson learned that I should pay my taxes quarterly. However, I do expect my online income to be smaller this year and I am having more withheld from my jobs so I once again do not plan on paying estimated taxes. If my online income increases substantially this year then I will reconsider whether I should pay estimated taxes.