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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 now offer an electronic tax payment option.
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. However, they are getting better and, in our opinion, are 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, remittances by check sometimes result in instances of misapplied payments. Considering security, opportunity for error, and tracking, electronic payments are an ever more popular and reliable tax remittance method.
Federal Tax Due and Federal Estimates
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. 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.
To make tax payments using your IRS.GOV account, sign in 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. Scheduling future payments is not allowed using your IRS.GOV account.
Don't have an account or want to schedule future estimated tax payments, Go to IRS.GOV and click MAKE A PAYMENT. Again, pay attention to tax types and tax periods as you setup the payment.
If you have an EFTPS account for personal tax payments, you continue to use that system to make estimated tax payments.
State of Arkansas Balance Due and Estimated Taxes
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. The State website for making tax remittances is called the Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point or ATAP.
Go to atap.arkansas.gov. In the INDIVIDUALS section, click on MAKE INCOME TAX PAYMENT. The system will step you through the payment process. Bank transfers and Debit and Credit Card payments are valid methods of payment. Fees may apply.
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