If you pay quarterly estimated income taxes, remember that your fourth-quarter estimated tax payment (using form 1040-ES) for 2009 is due on January 15, 2010. You may delay making this payment until February 1, 2010, if you file your 2009 return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due by February 1, 2010.
Most mystery shoppers are not required to pay quarterly estimated taxes, because mystery shopping represents a small portion of their overall family income. However, if mystery shopping and other independent contractor or small business income makes up a significant part of your income, you should determine if you need to pay quarterly.
Not sure if you have to pay? You can figure it out by consulting the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p505/ch02.html
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