Avoid Penalties and Interest – Pay your Taxes ONLINE

Mar 14, 2023

With the tax deadline approaching, the IRS reminded taxpayers they can avoid late filing and interest penalties by submitting their tax return and any payments due by April 18. Interest and a late payment penalty will apply to any payments made after April 18. Making a payment, even a partial payment, will help limit penalty and interest charges. An extension is only an extension to file and NOT an extension to pay.

You can use your online account at www.irs.gov to securely make a same-day payment for an outstanding 2022 tax balance, pay quarterly estimated taxes for the 2023 tax season or request an extension to file a 2022 return

Alternatively, using Direct Pay, available only on IRS.gov, is the fastest and easiest way to make a one-time payment without signing into an IRS Online Account.

  • Direct Pay: Direct Pay is free and allows taxpayers to securely pay their federal taxes directly from their checking or savings account without any fees or preregistration. Taxpayers can schedule payments up to 365 days in advance. After submitting a payment through Direct Pay, taxpayers will receive immediate confirmation.
  • Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW): This option allows taxpayers to file and pay electronically from their bank account when using tax preparation software or a tax professional. This option is free and only available when electronically filing a tax return.
  • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: This free service gives taxpayers a safe and convenient way to pay individual and business taxes by phone or online. To enroll and for more information, taxpayers can call 800-555-4477 or visit eftps.gov.
  • Debit or credit card or digital wallet: Individuals can pay online, by phone or with a mobile device through any of the authorized payment processors. The processor charges a fee. The IRS doesn’t receive any fees for these payments. Authorized card processors and phone numbers are available at IRS.gov/payments.
  • And ofcourse you can send a check in the mail to the IRS but this is where we are seeing the highest level of fraud and so if at all possible, avoid mailing a check for your payment.

If you do not have the cash to pay your taxes in full by April 18th, please reach out to me and let’s discuss your choices. I do not recommend using a credit card to pay your tax balance!

In additiona, please remember that my website www.wendybarlin.com is full of free resources and downloadable webinars to answer many of your business income tax deducton questions.

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