New Way to Pay IRS Online

Carleigh Machock provides advice on how to pay online.

In a world that is dependent on mobile banking, quick money transfers and instant online payments, taxpayers want a fast and easy way to pay the IRS. It’s taxing enough to organize finances, let alone figure out what information is required to be sent out with a paper check. Before you dust off your checkbook and search for a postage stamp, check out these online IRS payment options.

Direct Pay:

Direct Pay is a web-based payment system which allows taxpayers to pay their income tax balance or estimated payments directly from a checking or savings account. There are no additional processing fees. In order to make a payment, taxpayers are required to provide their tax information, verify identity, enter bank account information, and enter an electronic signature. An email confirmation is delivered when a payment is submitted. Payments may be scheduled up to 30 days in advance. There is a payment lookup option available to check the status of, cancel or reschedule an unprocessed payment. To make a payment through Direct Pay, visit

Third Party Processors:

Taxpayers also have the option to make a payment with a debit or credit card. The IRS uses a third party processor for these types of transactions and gives the taxpayer the option to choose which processor to make a payment through:;; Fees apply to each transaction. If using a debit card, fees are around $4 per transaction. Credit card processing fees start around 2% of the tax balance paid. Similar to Direct Pay, taxpayers will be required to submit their tax information. Third party sites are secure and easy to use. Visit if you wish to use a debit or credit card.

First quarter tax estimates are due April 18. Be sure to take advantage of the online payment system the IRS has to offer.