See thread "How to confirm ES tax payments"
Your question and some brief discussion of your "how come" question are
To summarize that thread:
Individuals can make all Federal income tax payments, including ES
Many states, such as MD and CA, have on-line systems, sometimes with the
exact kind of information you're asking for (IOW, ahead of the IRS in
I could gjive you a faster more intellegent answer if you had told us
how you pay your installments: check, wire transfer, cash, money
order, bank draft, or maybe you have someone else do it for you.
Most of these methods have a receipt attached you can tear off and
keep in a safe place in case you want to total them..
You have come to depend on the U.S. Govenment too much. When I have
this problem I look up my payments in my checking account check
register. Most people enter each check in a register attached to
their check-book, but I use Quicken for a check register. I balance
it each month so any uncollected checks stand out like a sore thumb.
If you use the check register a big check-mark would be your "sore
thumb"for all checks cleared and a lack of a check mark would indicate
the check hasn't cleared. If your check to the IRS has not cleared
you should not count on it as their having received it, otherwise all
the checks to the IRS with a check mark in the register can be
totalled to determine how much you have paid in installments.
Usually this method (looking it up in your check register) is faster
than an inquiry to the IRS. and probably considerably more accurate.
If you are stil not able to determine your payments due to lack of the
above record-keeping check-register, I suggest you establish a viable
method to keep track of your payments. If you don't have a checking
account, I suggest you get one.. Usually they are free and you will
find one handy for other reasons, and the alternatives are rather