IRS Direct Pay makes taxes easier

Staff report

COLUMBUS — Thousands of taxpayers are now using IRS Direct Pay, the web-based system on which lets taxpayers pay their tax bills or make estimated tax payments directly from checking or savings accounts without fees or pre-registration.

“If you’ve got internet access at home, why travel and possibly wait in line at an IRS office to pay a tax bill? You can make your payment online using IRS Direct Pay,” said Jennifer Jenkins, IRS spokesperson for Ohio. “Direct Pay is one of the many self-help online resources and tools available to taxpayers at the IRS website,”

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.

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 tax information, verifying identity, entering payment information, reviewing and electronically signing, and recording online confirmation.

Jenkins said IRS Direct Pay offers 30-day advance payment scheduling, payment rescheduling or cancellations, and a payment status search. 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 (EFTPS), or click on the Pay Your Tax Bill icon on to check out other payment options.

Staff report