IRS Direct Pay

The most secure way to make your tax payments

 Paying electronically is the most convenient and secure way to pay your individual tax bill or estimated tax payment directly from your checking or savings account at no cost to you. The IRS uses the latest encryption technology and doesn’t store your banking information. When you use the IRS Direct Pay option, it puts you in control of paying your tax bill and gives you peace of mind. You determine the payment date. It’s easy and secure, and much quicker than mailing a check or money order. Plus, you’ll receive an immediate confirmation from the IRS.

 IRS Direct Pay offers 30-day advance payment scheduling, payment rescheduling or cancellations, and a payment status search. Future plans include an option for e-mailed payment confirmation, a Spanish version and one-time registration with a login and password to allow quick access on return visits.

Here are a few more things you’ll want to know about the service:

  • It’s available 24/7.
  • To use Direct Pay, you must have a valid SSN. Direct Pay cannot accommodate ITINs.
  • To get into the system, you need to verify your identity by entering your SSN, name, address, date of birth, and filing status from a prior return. You can select 2008 through 2013 as the tax year for identity verification. This is helpful if you didn’t have to file a return last year.
  • To make a payment, enter the bank routing number and the account number. This bank information is not retained in IRS systems after the payment is made.
  • After you make a payment, you can use Payment Look Up to do the following:
    • Cancel the payment.
    • Reschedule the date or change the amount.
    • Check the status of a payment.

Taxpayers can pay the following taxes using Direct Pay:

  • Installment agreement (20 years back).
  • Tax return (20 years back).
  • Estimated tax.
  • Proposed Tax Assessment (for example: CP 2000 or audit assessment).
  • Extension.
  • Amended return (20 years back).