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IRS Announces Improvements To Online Payment Service

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

23 July 2003


The Internal Revenue Service announced on Monday that several major improvements to the internet version of the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) have taken place. These include the introduction of more flexible payment scheduling and greater access to payment history.

“It’s important to keep the Internet feature fresh and flexible to grow with technology and the needs of taxpayers,” Robert Hunt, IRS Director, Taxpayer Education and Communication explained. “We will continue to listen to what our users want, and make EFTPS-OnLine even better in the years to come.”

The main features taxpayers using the system will notice will be the ability to:

  • Schedule all four estimated tax payments, Form 1040ES, at once in one session without logging out.
  • Access payment history for a 16-month period of time.
  • Search, print or download payment history by date, tax type, amount, tax form and other factors.

"Previously, taxpayers could schedule only one estimated tax payment at a time and then would log out before scheduling another. Payment history was available for only 120 days. And, the payment history search and sort feature was not available," the Revenue announced in a statement promoting the improved service.

The overhaul has also introduced several other features which will allow users to:

  • Change bank accounts by phone without completing a new enrollment.
  • Select a PIN online when changing their bank account number and begin making payments from that account immediately, if electing to bypass bank account information verification by the bank.
  • Access links to states with electronic tax payment systems directly from the EFTPS Web site.
  • Use enhanced and updated glossary help and information.
  • Take advantage of improved accessibility if visually impaired.

According to the IRS, EFTPS was introduced in 1996, and since that time more than 4 million taxpayers have enrolled in the system to make their federal tax payments electronically. More than $8.8 trillion dollars has been collected through EFTPS since 1996 and taxpayers can make payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from home or office, as well as schedule payments up to 120 days in advance (for businesses) or 365 days in advance (for individuals).

EFTPS is a service provided free by two agencies of the US Department of the Treasury, the IRS and the Financial Management Service.


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