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If you take a single annual IRA distribution it should be only one-quarter of the effort required to male quarterly estimated tax payments. <grin>

I am a bit confused about estimated tax payments. Does the gov't really care whether you've made four quarterly estimated tax payments, or simply that the tax money is paid by year-end?

I know that in theory it's supposed to be a "pay as you go" system, but in practice I don't see how they would know if I received non-salary income (e.g. stock sales, option exercises, IRA distributions) throughout the year or just in December.
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