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Estimated Tax Booklets Consigned to Recycle Bin

The Alabama Department of Revenue announced recently that it will not mail out 2005 individual estimated tax vouchers to taxpayers. In a press release dated March 28, 2005, Commissioner Tom Surtees said that the forms booklets "... are simply not being used". Surtees said that, based on conversations with taxpayers and practitioners, and on review of recently filed vouchers, ADOR believes that taxpayers are using forms supplied by practitioners or choosing to download the forms from the ADOR web site.

The Department has been mailing out approximately 80,000 booklets annually, and expects to realize a cost savings of $26,000 per year on the production costs. (Presumably this figure only includes the paper and printing costs. The inclusion of postage and staff time should increase this number considerably.)

Alabama Estimated tax payments are due on the same schedule as that used for federal payments. Though referred to as "quarterly payments", the schedule does not adhere to a strict calendar quarter basis. In general, payments for a calendar year taxpayer are due on April 15, June 15, September 15 and January 15 of the following year. If any of the payment due dates falls on a weekend or holiday, the payment is due on the next business day.

Estimated tax payments are required for individuals who earn income during the year that is not subject to withholding; income such as interest, dividends, gains from the sale of property, alimony received, etc. Taxpayers who fail to make required estimated tax payments are subject to penalties and interest.

This page last updated 5/22/05

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