IRS Offers a Variety of Ways to Pay Your Taxes

With the tax filing deadline right around the corner, now is a good time to consider your options if you need to pay your taxes. You can pay online, by phone or from your mobile device. Visit IRS.gov/payments for easy and secure ways to pay your taxes.

Here are a few of the payment options available to you.

  • Electronic Funds Withdrawal allows you to e-file and pay when you’re using tax preparation software or a tax professional. With EFW, you can set up a direct debit payment from your bank account for the taxes you owe and up to four estimated payments. EFW only available to taxpayers when they e-file.
  • With IRS Direct Pay you can pay your taxes directly from your bank account at no cost to you. You receive instant confirmation after you submit your payment. You can also opt in to receive email notifications each time you use Direct Pay.
  • If you prefer to pay with a debit or credit card, you can pay online or by phone through any of the authorized processors. Though the IRS does not charge a fee for this service, the card processors do. You will find the payment processors and their telephone numbers on IRS.gov/payments.
  • The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System is available for businesses and individuals. Once you enroll you can pay various types of taxes year-round. Go to EFTPS.gov or call 1-800-555-4477.
  • IRS2Go provides easy access to mobile-friendly payment options Direct Pay for free and debit or credit card payments through an approved payment processor for a fee. Download IRS2Go from Google Play, the Apple App Store or Amazon App Store, and pay anytime, anywhere.
  • The quickest and easiest ways to make tax payments are online or with the IRS2Go mobile app. But if cash is your only option, you can use PayNearMe. With Official Payments and PayNearMe, you can pay your taxes at a participating 7-Eleven location in your area. Visit IRS.gov/paywithcash for instructions.
  • If you want to view your account information go to IRS.gov/account. After you log in, along with taxes you owe, you’ll see your payment history. You can pay by bank account, debit or credit card, or apply for an installment agreement. You can also view your federal tax records and key tax return information from your most recent tax return as originally filed.

Consider something different if you normally pay by check or money order — use one of the safe and secure electronic payment options offered at IRS.gov/payments.

About the Author

Grant M. Boland, J.D., LL.M., is a Partner at Boland Law Group, PLLC and focuses his practice in the areas of trust and estate planning, business planning and tax representation. Grant's practice emphasizes the design, implementation and defense of advanced strategies to transfer ownership of family businesses and legacy properties from one generation to the next (or to charity).

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