Originally Posted by Looking4Ward
....9/1 thru 12/31 correlates to the IRS's 4th reporting period. So is it really as simple as just sending in a 1040ES with a check for $11.5K by January 15th?
Yes. In fact, you don't even really have to do a 1040 ES. You could just send them a check with a payment voucher with your name and TIN. Or just a check with your TIN and 4Q14 est payment in the memo section of the check (not recommended though). Or register for their electronic estimated payment system and do it via electronic transfer.
But for 2015, do a pro forma return of your 2015 income and deductions using Taxcaster or TurboTax. If you are in the 15% tax bracket the qualified dividends will be tax-free so your taxes may be a lot lower than while you were working. If you will have SS or a pension in 2015, it may bump you up over the 15% tax bracket and those qualified dividends will be taxed at 15%.