IRS Expands Use of Electronic Payments
The Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations on Thursday to significantly increase the number of electronic transactions between taxpayers and the federal government.
In accordance with a Financial Management Service initiative announced in April of this year, the proposed regulations (REG 153340-09) would eliminate the rules for making federal tax deposits by paper coupon because the paper coupon system will no longer be maintained by the Treasury Department after Dec. 31, 2010. The proposed regulations generally maintain the existing rules for depositing federal taxes through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
Using EFTPS to make federal tax deposits provides substantial benefits to both taxpayers and the government, the IRS noted. EFTPS users can make tax payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week from home or the office.
Deposits can be made online with a computer or by telephone. EFTPS also significantly reduces payment-related errors that could result in a penalty. The system helps taxpayers schedule dates to make payments even when they are out of town or on vacation when a payment is due. EFTPS business users can schedule payments up to 120 days in advance of the desired payment date.
Information on EFTPS, including how to enroll, can be found at www.eftps.gov or by calling EFTPS Customer Service at (800) 555-4477.
Some businesses paying a minimal amount of tax may make their payments with the related tax return, instead of using EFTPS. More details regarding taxes required to be deposited using EFTPS, dollar thresholds and other specific requirements are in the proposed regulations.