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Paying Your Taxes

June 9, 2015

It’s a good idea to review the various methods available to pay your taxes. You may choose to pay using a credit card, debit card, or over the phone. The IRS offers several options, depending on what works best for you:

Direct Pay – You can pay your taxes directly from your savings or checking account. You don’t pay any extra costs for the transfer. After you’ve made your payment, you will receive a confirmation from the IRS that it’s been received.

Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) – This is a government system that uses 128-bit encryption security. After enrolling, you can simply use your Social Security Number, EFTPS PIN, and an Internet password to log in and make your payment.

Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) – When you e-file your tax return, you get an integrated option to e-pay your taxes. This allows you the convenience of filing your return and paying your taxes in a single step.

Check or Money Order – You can only pay your taxes using a check or money order if you paper-file your return. The check, money order or cashier’s check should be payable to the U.S. Treasury, not the IRS.

Credit or debit card – You can pay your taxes using your credit or debit card through the Internet, using your computer or mobile device. Even if you paper-file your return, you can still use your credit or debit card to make your payment. The IRS does not charge a fee for this option, but the service provider may. However, the fee may be tax deductible.

If you cannot pay your entire tax bill, you can apply for an online payment agreement to pay your tax debt in monthly installments. You can make monthly payments by debit or credit card.

If you qualify for an Offer in Compromise, you can pay the reduced tax debt using your credit or debit card. You can choose a payment processor approved by the IRS to make the payment online or over the phone. You may consider contacting a licensed tax professional if you are unfamiliar with the back tax resolution options and payment methods.


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