How to Send Money to the IRS

The IRS has four methods of payment submission.

There are several reasons you need to send money to the IRS. Self employed individuals need to pay estimated taxes on a quarterly basis. Businesses are required to submit employment taxes. People who did not have enough taxes withheldfrom their paycheck owe additional taxes at the beginning of the year. The IRS has instituted four ways to submit payments to pay tax debts.

Step 1

Pay using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). You can enroll in EFTPS online or by phone at 800-316-6541. Using this system allows you to schedule one payment and recurring payments using your checking or savings account. Payments can be submitted via the Internet or telephone. The advantage of using this system is that it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Step 2

Pay by credit or debit card. The IRS has several authorized service providers to submit payment via credit or debit card. You are charged a convenience fee that varies depending on the service provider. For a list of service providers currently authorized to process tax payments, see the IRS website. You can submit payment via the provider website or by telephone.

Step 3

Pay by electronic funds withdrawal. This option is available when you file your income tax return at the beginning of the year. You can set up a one-time income tax payment or any of the quarterly estimated payments that you owe. Individuals who want to pay after they file their income tax return need to use the EFTP system.

Step 4

Submit a check or money order paid to the order of the United States Treasury. Your tax form booklet includes a payment voucher. Mail your payment to the address on the corresponding tax form voucher. This address varies depending on your geographical location.

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