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The issue of the timing of estimated payments is tricky and often misundestood. Tax law provides that taxes on income be paid at or near the time that the income is received, by withholding or estimated payment or a combination of both. The calculation of the estimated tax liability is the taxpayers responsibility, but generally a reasonable estimate that can be supported by facts at the time of the estimated payment will satisfy the IRS (it would be wise to keep a contemporaneous record). In your case, FatCat, it would appear that you are already "in compliance" and a January payment is not necessary -- you have been diligent in making the previous three estimated payments, and you can probably demonstrate that circumstances have changed and the fourth estimated paymet is not necessary.
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