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Deferred self-employment taxes

When a taxpayer defers part of their self-employment taxes the letter should give instructions for how to pay the deferred portion.

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what are the instructions to pay?  Ive seen people ask, but Ive never seen an answer, do they just send a 1040V before 12/31/21?

Level 15

Haven't seen any instructions either.  F.941 has a special line for the deferral but there's no such equivalent quarterly returns for individuals.  Since this is technically a deferral of the SE-tax payment and not liability for 2020, making the payment in one of the following two ways should suffice, IMHO:

  • With a 2020 1040-V; or
  • Via IRS' Direct Pay by selecting a payment for 2020.  Direct Pay does not currently have, among the reasons you can select for payment, SE-tax deferral like it does for 965 transition tax.  Hopefully, they'll add that to the selection later this year.
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