IRS calls ‘Direct Pay’ system a success; how to make tax payments from home

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PHOENIX — Utah taxpayers along with thousands of other taxpayers across the country are now using what the IRS calls its successful system – IRS Direct Pay – on IRS.gov, which lets taxpayers pay their tax bills or make estimated tax payments directly from checking or savings accounts without any fees or preregistration.

“It saves time and gets you out of traffic,” IRS spokesperson Bill Brunson said. “IRS Direct Pay is just part of our effort to add more online tools to help Utah taxpayers. It allows you to make a payment from the convenience of a home computer — no need to drive to a local IRS office just to make a payment.”

From the “Pay Your Tax Bill” icon at the top of the IRS home page, taxpayers can access IRS Direct Pay, which walks the taxpayer through five simple steps. The steps include providing your tax information, verifying your identity, entering your payment information, reviewing and electronically signing and recording your online confirmation.

IRS Direct Pay offers 30-day advance payment scheduling, payment rescheduling or cancellations and a payment status search, Brunson said.

Direct Pay cannot be used to pay business taxes. Taxpayers who wish to e-pay their federal business taxes should enroll in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or click on the “Pay Your Tax Bill” icon on IRS.gov to check out other payment options.

Introduced in 2014, more than a million tax payments have already been made through the IRS Direct Pay system. With IRS Direct Pay, taxpayers receive instant confirmation that the payment has been submitted and the system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bank account information is not retained in IRS systems after payments are made.

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1 Comment

  • NotSoFast November 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Do they give you assurance and their backing your info won’t be hacked?

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