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Does this rule still apply. If you have federal tax "expense" of $A on your 2018 tax return and your withholding and estimated tax payments for 2019 exceeds $A, you are in a "safe harbor" from an under payment penalty for 2019 should your federal tax "expense" exceed $A by a substantial amount. This is assuming you file and pay your 2019 taxes on a timely basis.

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