Tax professionals will help launch a new system allowing many individuals who owe delinquent federal taxes to apply online for a payment agreement, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

The IRS is implementing the new Online Payment Agreement application through national partnerships with the tax professional community. The application will eliminate the need to write or call the IRS toll-free number for assistance. The goal of the program is to provide an easier way for taxpayers to voluntarily resolve tax liabilities.

"This new system reduces taxpayer burden by providing the convenience of online service during extended hours and on weekends," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson, in a statement. "Taxpayers can set up an agreement and arrange for payment options including automatic payments through direct debit or payroll deduction."

The IRS estimates that 90 percent of taxpayers who qualify for a payment agreement will be able to obtain one through OPA once the application is available to the general public later this year.

More information on the application is available at www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=108347,00.html.

Previously on WebCPA:

Report: E-Filing Success Impacting IRS Job Roll (July 28, 2006)

IRS Sends Out 50,000 Surveys to Taxpayers (June 16, 2006)

'06 Filing Season Sets Records (April 27, 2006)

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