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Once you complete your return and know that you owe taxes this year, you have several options to pay the amount owed.

For amounts owed to the IRS, Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) is free and allows you to decide when the tax payment is scheduled to be withdrawn from your bank account. EFW is available only to those who e-file. Individuals may e-file early and, at the same time, schedule the EFW as late as the federal filing deadline (typically April 15, but the deadline has been extended for 2020 returns to May 17, 2021). For returns filed after the filing deadline, the payment is effective on the filing date.

Others options for amounts due to the IRS are:

  • IRS Direct Pay
  • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) (Pay by Credit Card)
  • Same Day wire (bank fees may apply)
  • Check or Money order
  • Cash (at a retail partner)
  • Installment Agreement Requests

See the IRS Paying Your Taxes webpage for additional information.

Visit the TaxAct State Resources webpage to access each state's website for information on paying taxes owed to any particular state.

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Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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