If you need to make a payment, there is a way to make them at a physical location called an IRS TAC. Check out this list of TAC locations to find the TAC nearest to you. However, these locations no longer allow walk-ins if you have questions. They only operate by appointment. It is preferred that rather than making a routine tax payment that you consider one of the online payment alternatives. If you have an appointment, make sure to bring in any of the notices you have received from the IRS. It also helps to have an understanding of the length of the tax period and type of tax the payment covers. As always taxes can be overwhelming, TAC’s are there to assist you, bring any questions.
Most people make their payments as they file (because remembering payments can be stressful), but if you are unable to make the payment in full, you can make payments at a physical location or online.
Online Payments with Checking Account
The most preferred way is to use the IRS’s direct pay. This method is free, requires no set up of an account, and is accompanied by a confirmation email. You simply schedule a payment in advance, the money is withdrawn from your checking or savings account on the scheduled date and a confirmation email is sent to you. Using the direct pay method and the number you received in the confirmation email you can look up any of your payments. If you have made a miscalculation, you can modify or cancel the payment until two business days before the scheduled payment date.
Online Payments with Debit or Checking Cards
There are several payment processor options that are secure and safe. Each option comes with a different process fee. And some of these processors only accept certain IRS tax forms. This method of payment will eliminate the need for a voucher. But keep in mind that any of these payment processors are separate from the IRS and the fee’s involved don’t go to the IRS.
The last and least preferred method is to make the payment through the mail. If you choose to use this method make the check, money order, or cashier’s check payable to the U.S Treasury. Do not use staples or paper clips to attach the payment to the IRS form. Include your name, address, phone, and SSN (Social Security Number) or Employee Identification Number on the phone along with the tax year the payment is related to. This method can cause confusion because the IRS will mail any notices to your last registered address, and if your current address is different from what the IRS knows, it could take weeks before you receive confirmation about the payment.
If you have any questions about payment limitations, deadlines, or the IRS we can offer you peace of mind. Call us at 844-774-8829 to set up an appointment, where we can answer your concerns.