How to Pay Income Tax Online

by Denise Caldwell, studioD

In recent years, the IRS has made an effort to make paying taxes more convenient and secure. The online payment option is a reflection of the agency's effort and is designed to modernize the tax payment process. Although the online payment process is free for all taxpayers to use, it is not always free of charges.

Log on to to pay your taxes via Link2Gov. Link2Gov is one of two companies that process payments for the Internal Revenue Service. The service charges a convenience fee of $3.95 for debit card payments and 2.95 percent for credit card payments. The payment will be credited to your account on the same day that the payment is made if the payment is made before 8 p.m.

Use Official Payments Corporation to make online tax payments. Official Payments Corporation is the second of the two companies responsible for processing online IRS payments. You can log on to its website at to make your tax payments. The processing fees are exactly the same as those outlined above for Link2Gov.

Pay federal taxes for free by logging on to the Department of Treasury's Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). The EFTPS service requires that you register for the site before making a payment. After registration, you will be provided with a PIN number that you will use to access the site's secure log-in page. This site allows you the flexibility to make a one-time payment or schedule future payments. EFTPS accepts a wide variety of tax payments, including estimated tax, balances due, excise tax and payroll tax.


  • Be sure to write down your confirmation number when making an online payment. In the event that your payment is misapplied or lost, the IRS will request this number.
  • Remember that the convenience fee you pay to Link2Gov and Official Payments Corporation does not count toward your tax payment. The IRS does not charge a convenience fee, nor does it receive any portion of the convenience fee charged by the two companies that collect tax payments.

Items you will need

  • Computer

About the Author

Denise Caldwell is a finance writer who has been writing on taxation and finance since 2006. Her articles appear regularly on websites such as and She has taken what she learned while working at the IRS to provide readers with helpful tax and finance tips. Caldwell received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Howard University.

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