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Electronic Payments

Electronic payments are convenient, safe and secure methods for paying individual income taxes by direct debit from your bank account.

Why pay by Direct Debit from your bank account?

It’s Free! There are no additional charges for tax payment transactions.

It’s Convenient!

  • You can e-file your balance due return early and schedule your payment for withdrawal, from your bank account, on a future date.
  • Funds are automatically withdrawn by the IRS, based on the payment date you select.
  • You can make a Form 4868 (Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return) payment when you file Form 4868 electronically.
  • Payments, except for Form 1040ES, can be scheduled for an effective date up to and including the return due date (April 15, 2013). An estimated payment can be scheduled to be paid up to and including September 15, 2013.

It’s Safe and Secure!

  • Opting for Direct Debit when you e-file, authorizes the IRS to make only the withdrawals you specify.
  • Other than the IRS, no one else has authorization to withdraw money from your bank account.
  • You receive an electronic acknowledgement once your IRS e-file return is accepted.
  • The tax payment is listed on your bank statement as a payment to the IRS, further proof of tax payment.
  • Your bank account information is securely stored along with your other tax information.

Other than Direct Debit, What are My Other Tax Payment Choices?

Credit Card Payment

  • You can e-file early and, by making a credit card payment, delay out-of-pocket expenses.
  • You receive an electronic acknowledgement once your e-file return is accepted and the credit card transaction is authorized.
  • Your credit card processing company will charge you a fee for using your credit card. Any questions about the fee can be answered by your credit card issuer.
  • The IRS does not receive or store credit card numbers
  • The tax payment is listed on your credit card billing statement as further proof of payment.
  • In addition, you may earn miles, points, rewards or money back from your credit card issuer.
  • It’s Safe and Secure!

Payment by Phone

  • You can e-file (or mail a paper return) and initiate a payment by phone or Internet.
  • If you pay by phone or Internet, you receive a confirmation number at the end of the transaction

Mail Your Payment to the IRS

  • You can mail a paper return and your payment to the IRS
  • You can e-file your return and mail your payment to the IRS
    • A 1040-V form is automatically prepared for you to send in with your payment
    • The 1040-V form assures that your payment is matched to your e-filed return