2021 tax dates for freelancers and independent contractors

August 2, 2021

If you are a self-employed individual (aka freelancer 😎) either work as a sole proprietor, partner or have an S corporation, IRS requires you to pay estimated taxes quarterly. So there are more dates than April 15 (Tax filing deadline) to remember.


Here are the dates for 2021 estimated taxes for freelancers. 

  • April 15, 2021: Payment for Q1 (January 1 - March 31)
  • June 15, 2021: Payment for Q2 (April 1 - May 31)
  • September 15, 2021: Payment for Q3 (June 1 - August 31)
  • January 18, 2022: Payment for Q4 (September 1 - December 31)


If the 15th falls on a weekend or a holiday, the due date is the next weekday. Notice that the  Q4 payment deadline for your 2021 taxes is January 18, 2022, not January 15. You can start making your payments as of the first day of each month.


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