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Regina R Young
Certified Public Accountant
The Office of
Online Tax Remittance (including Estimated Taxes)
Increasingly, our clients are interested in making electronic tax remittances to the IRS instead of physical check remittances. Electronic tax payment options are available for Balance Due Payments, Payment Plan Payments, and Estimated Tax Payments. This section discusses electronic tax payments for Federal and State of Arkansas tax payments only. Most states allow for electronic tax payment.
All online tax payment options require specific information to correctly apply the payment. Pay particular attention to questions about tax types and tax periods. If you have questions, please email us and we will do our best to assist you.
Government websites are notoriously clumsy and confusing. Despite a slight learning curve, most clients find electronic payments to be a better option than physical checks. The ability to receive a confirmation of your transaction and view your payment history (for individuals with an account) helps to ensure compliance and piece of mind. While relatively uncommon, physical remittances by check sometimes result in instances of misapplied payments. Considering security, opportunity for error, and tracking, electronic payments are popular and reliable tax remittance method.
Federal Tax Due
The IRS allows taxpayers to create an individual account through the IRS.GOV website. This site has seen multiple improvements over the last few years and we now recommend signing up for an IRS.GOV account. At the very least it allows you to see tax history related to you. History has proven helpful when disputing tax notices and confirming estimated tax transactions. Estimated tax payments, Balance due payments, and Payment plan setup and payments can be facilitated electronically on the IRS.GOV site.
To signup, go to IRS.GOV and click SIGN IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT. It will begin the process. As you might expect, identity authentication is very important. When asked, select the ID.ME method of signup and authentication. The system will use your smart phone during the process. Be careful to follow instructions carefully.
If you have an EFTPS account for personal tax payments, you continue to use that system to make estimated tax payments.
To make tax payments, sign into your IRS.GOV account and find the link for tax payments. Pay special attention to tax types and tax periods. You may use a Bank Account for bank to bank payments with no fee. You may also use a Credit Card. Fees do apply for Credit Card Transactions.
Don't have an account and don't want an account, you may make tax payments without an IRS.GOV account. Go to IRS.GOV and click MAKE A PAYMENT.
State of Arkansas
The State of Arkansas allows you to make electronic payments toward Arkansas Tax Balances Due and Arkansas Estimated Taxes without setting up an account. However, setting up an account for an Individual Taxpayer is also an option if it is your preference. This website for making State of Arkansas tax remittances is called the Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point or ATAP.
Go to atap.arkansas.gov and click on INCOME TAXES (bottom right) and then MAKE INCOME TAX PAYMENT (bottom left). The system will step you through the payment process. Bank transfers do not incur a fee. A Fee does apply for Debit and Credit Card payments.
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