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How to Pay Federal Income Tax Online
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Yes, the IRS has entered the digital age! They offer several ways to pay your tax online.
Direct Pay with Bank Account
There’s no service charge to have the money taken directly from your bank. To make a payment or look up a payment you already made, go to the Direct Pay page on the IRS website.
You can use direct pay service to make payments for:
Credit Card or Debit Card
You can use an approved payment processor (listed on the IRS website) to pay by internet, phone or mobile device whether you e-file, paper file or are responding to a bill or notice. The processor will charge a fee, which does not go to the IRS and may be tax deductible.
Note that when you e-file with integrated e-payment, the processing fees may be different. Visit the Debit or Credit Card payment page on the IRS website for more information.
Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
This option is mainly for large businesses or those who need to make large payments. It can be used to make any type of tax payment, including income, employment, estimated and excise taxes. You get 24-hour convenience plus next level security with 3-step authentication.
However, you must enroll in the EFTPS, which can take up to five business days, so it’s not a good choice if you’re trying to make an 11th hour payment. Learn more about it on the IRS’s EFTPS website page.
Electronic Funds Withdrawal
This can be part of the e-filing process using tax preparation software or a tax professional; it is not available otherwise. The payment will be debited directly from your designated bank account.
Visit the IRS Electronic Funds Withdrawal page if you have any questions.
This isn’t really paying online, but it is electronic and thus saves time over snail mailing a paper check. Inquire at your financial institution if they can wire your tax payment to the U.S. Treasury; and be sure to find out about their service fees and cut-off times. This may be a great option if you’re living overseas or have left your payment to the absolute last minute.
To make it happen, go to the IRS Same-Day Wire page, download the Same-Day Taxpayer Worksheet, fill it out and take it to your financial institution.
Don’t forget, your Xendoo tax professional can answer any questions about paying, calculating or filing your taxes. It’s all part of our service, which takes the work and worry out of tax season and lets you get back to running your business.
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