Estimated taxes used to be paid based on a calendar quarter, but in the 60’s the Oct due date was moved back to Sept to pull the third quarter cash receipts into the previous federal budget year which begins on Oct 1 every year, allowing the federal government to begin the year with a current influx of cash.

That left an extra month that had to be accounted for in the schedule somewhere.  Since clergy report taxes on a calendar year, the fourth quarter needed to continue to end on Dec 31 which meant the Jan 15 due date could not be changed, that left April and July 15 dues dates that could change.  April 15 was already widely known as the tax deadline, so the logical choice was the second quarter which had its due date changed from July 15 to June 15.

Clergy are subject to estimated tax payments on a quarterly basis which include federal, social security and state taxes. For example, when you receive clergy income in the first quarter of the year, the taxes are due at the end of that quarter. The year is divided into four payment periods, or due dates, for estimated tax purposes which are listed below. Clergy can also elect to have income taxes withheld from their compensation by means of voluntary withholding agreements which may simplify the budgeting.

  • Payment 1 – April 15th (January through March)
  • Payment 2 – June 15th (April through June)
  • Payment 3 – September 15th (July through September)
  • Payment 4 – January 15th (October through December)
What forms do I need to pay my estimated taxes?

For estimated taxes, use Form 1040-ES: Estimated Tax for IndividualsIf you expect to owe less than $1,000 in income tax this year after applying your federal income tax withholding, you don’t have to make estimated tax payments.

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