Ultimate tax procrastinators
By the Numbers: 7% file extensions
IRS sets e-filing record, expects more electronic returns later today

Estimated tax payment #1 for 2011
also is due today, April 18

Some of us have a double date with Uncle Sam today.

We pay estimated taxes and the due day for the tax year's first of four extra filings is the same day as the regular tax filing, tax payment deadline.

For 2011, that means estimated tax payment for the first quarter of the year is due today, April 18.

1040-ES_payment_voucher_1_2011 This 1040-ES voucher (and the other three) can be opened as a PDF, allowing you to fill them out and then save and print as needed to file. 

I usually use EFTPS to electronically make these payments each April, June, September and the following January. This filing season, however, things kind of got out of control, so I'm mailing my 1040-ES for the first time in years.

Yes, despite its best efforts to get all of us taxpayers on an electronic system, the IRS still accepts, although somewhat reluctantly, our money the old fashioned way, a mailed paper check. As with the regular tax payments, your 1040-ES payment is considered filed on time as long as it has today's postmark on the envelope.

Double check mailing address: Be careful, though, about where you send your 1040-ES voucher.

Estimated tax payments don't necessarily go to the same Internal Revenue Service campus as does your plain old 1040.

And even if you've been mailing in 1040-ES payments for years, the IRS tends to shuffle duties at its service centers. So where you sent your 1040-ES forms last year might not be the same place they should go now.

Here, directly from the 1040-ES package, are the mailing addresses for 2011 estimated tax payments:

1040-ES Mailing Addresses
If you live in … Then send your 1040-ES voucher to …
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont P.O. Box 37007
Hartford, CT
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina P.O. Box 105225
Atlanta, GA
Alaska, Arizona, california, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming P.O. Box 510000
San Francisco, CA
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia P.O. Box 970006
St. Louis, MO
Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas P.O. Box 1300
Charlotte, NC
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin P.O. Box 802502
Cincinnati, OH
A foreign country, the U.S. territories or possessions of American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands or U.S. Virgin Islands, or use an APO or FPO address
P.O. Box 1300
Charlotte, NC

I'll look for you at the post office!

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