How to Make a Tax Payment Online

by Denise Caldwell

With the advent of technology, it has become increasingly easy to manage day-to-day affairs online. Today, people arrange travel, order goods and even make payments online. Even the Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers to make their estimated tax and balance due payments using a variety of online tax services.

Log on to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) and enroll in the program (see Resources). You will be provided with an EFTPS PIN. Each time you log on to the system, you will be required to enter your PIN, TIN (tax identification number) and password. The EFTPS system is available for both business filers and individual filers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All tax payments can be made at, including back tax payments, estimated tax payments and corporate payments. Taxpayers using EFTPS can make either a one-time payment or can schedule future payments. The payments can be canceled up to two days before the date the payments is scheduled. If you experience problems using the EFTPS system or you have questions, call the EFTPS customer service line at (800) 316-6541 (for individual filers) and (800) 555-4477 (for business filers).

Pay your tax online using a debit or credit card by logging onto Link2Gov's website, Link2Gov is a subcontractor that accepts tax payments on behalf of the Treasury Department. Link2Gov's online tax payment program is similar to EFTPS in that you must enroll via the website before you can begin using the program. However, unlike EFTPS, Link2Gov does charge a service fee for accepting online tax payments. The fee is based on the amount of the tax payment and is 2.35 percent of debit card payments and $3.89 for credit card payments. In addition, you can also log on to Official Payments Corporation's website via and make online payments. The fee for Official Payments Corporation's payments is 2.35 percent for credit card payments and $3.95 for debit payments.

Use RBS WorldPay to make international tax payments. The cost for debit payments is $3.89, and the cost for credit card payments is 1.95 percent of the payment.


  • All fees are as of January 2010.

Items you will need

  • Credit or debit card

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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