Washington (July 22, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service has upgraded the Internet version of the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to include several new improvements to help taxpayers.

Taxpayers using the system will now be able to schedule at one time all four estimated tax payments, Form 1040ES, without logging out, access payment history for a 16-month period of time, and search, print or download payment history by date, tax type, amount, tax form and other factors. In addition, they will be able to change bank accounts by phone without completing a new enrollment, and access links to states with electronic tax payment systems directly from the EFTPS Web site.

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.

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

-- WebCPA staff

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