You have four options for paying the tax due on your federal tax return electronically. Efile charges must be paid using a credit card.

Direct Withdrawal. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal (direct debit) from your checking or savings account. Once you've prepared your return, simply enter your bank's routing number and your checking or savings account number and schedule an automatic withdrawal for a future date up to April 15.

EFTPS. Any individual taxpayer making payments for Forms 1040, or installment payments can use EFTPS-OnLine.

Credit Card. The IRS does not accept credit card payments directly. To pay by credit card, you will need to contact one of the IRS-authorized service providers. If you wish to pay by credit card, use TaxACT to complete and e-file your taxes. During the e-file steps, choose the Pay by Credit Card option.  You will be prompted immediately after clicking this option to visit the Pay1040 website.  You need to ensure that once you pay your taxes owed via Pay1040 that you return to TaxACT to complete the e-filing steps.  You may also choose to pay by credit card via the phone.  To pay by phone, call 1-800-2PAY-TAX. Generally, taxpayers can make a payment using a Discover® Card, American Express® Card, MasterCard® or VISA® card.

Check or money order. Taxpayers who prefer to pay by check or money order should file Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher.

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