By Elizabeth Hanes BSN RN
Editor & Publisher, RN2writer
January 5, 2022

3 minutes to read


    2022 IRS Estimated Tax Filing Dates


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    One key aspect of freelance life that nurses need to master is filing quarterly estimated tax payments to the IRS on time. Unlike a traditional nursing job, in which your employer withholds taxes on your behalf, self-employment as a freelance nurse writer means you have to send your own withholding to the IRS throughout the year. The IRS provides helpful information about who is required to submit estimated taxes each quarter. If you’re uncertain about how much money you need to send to the IRS, consult an accountant because the amount varies based on each individual freelancer’s financial situation.

    2022 Due Dates for Quarterly Estimated Taxes

    January 15 for the period September 1 through December 31, 2021

    April 18* for the period January 1 through March 31, 2022

    June 15 for the period April 1 through May 31, 2022

    September 15 for the period June 1 through August 31, 2022

    *Normally, first quarter estimated tax payments are due on April 15, but in 2022 this date gets pushed to April 18 due to the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C.

    How to Pay Your Quarterly Estimated Taxes

    The IRS provides three options for paying your estimated taxes:

    Each of these methods has different deadlines attached, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules.

    Once you get the hang of it – and put the deadlines on your calendar, so you receive a reminder – paying quarterly estimated taxes becomes easy and not very time-consuming. Plus, it keeps you on the right side of the IRS.

    Elizabeth Hanes BSN RN

    Elizabeth Hanes BSN RN is the founder of RN2writer and publisher of RN2writer Daily.