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|Subject: Re: Lack of AMT patch by early Jan||Date: 12/29/2012 1:39 PM|
|Author: TMFPMarti||Number: 117235 of 124466|
But if I make the estimated payment and don't owe anything come filing time (even get a small refund perhaps), I still have to pay a penalty because the 1st three quarters were low?
Yes. It's a pay-as-you-go system.
You have the information to calculate how much the penalty would be, so you can compare that to what the opportunity cost of the ES payment would be and make a fully-informed decision.
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