The Treasury Department has been pilot testing a free interface between its Electronic Federal Tax Payment System and Intuit's QuickBooks software and plans to expand the interface to other software.

So far, the program has just been used to automate tax payments with the QuickBooks Payroll software. But the director of the tax collection division at the Treasury's Financial Management Service, Mark Stevens, hopes to provide interfaces first to financial institutions with their online banking services, and eventually to other third-party software developers.

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