Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
Be prepared for Tax Season, any time of the year.
If you pay quarterly taxes or you think you may owe money on your federal tax return and you don’t want to worry about last-minute trips to the post office, lost checks, or missed deadlines, prepare yourself now by enrolling in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). EFTPS is a free serviced offered by the U.S. Department of Treasury to help individuals and businesses conveniently and easily pay their federal taxes electronically.
The EFTPS is one of the most successful Federal government programs undertaken in recent years.
- Millions of taxpayers are already enrolled in the system
- It’s easy to use, fast, and accurate
- No more last-minute trips to the bank or post office, lost check, or missed deadlines
- You’re in total control of initiating your tax payment securely through this site.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: By 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time at least one calendar day prior to your tax due date, you log in, enter your tax payment information, review the information, and click “Make a Payment” to initiate the payment. You will receive an immediate confirmation of your instructions that you can print out as a receipt of your payment instructions.
Step 2: Per your instructions, EFTPS will automatically debit your indicated financial institution account and will transfer funds to the U.S. Treasury on the date you indicate, and your tax records will be updated at the Internal Revenue Service.
Step 3: That’s it. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can access this site and initiate all your federal tax payments from the convenience of your home or office.
But you must enroll first.
Complete the online New Taxpayer Enrollment Form and click “Submit.” Within 15 calendar days, your Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be mailed to your IRS Address of Record. You will also receive Confirmation materials including instructions on how to obtain your Internet password for secure use of EFTPS online.
Using EFTSP through a financial institution (for businesses only; not available for individuals).
This payment option will require you to make arrangements with your financial institutions to initiate your tax payments to EFTPS. Each financial institution has unique products, procedures, and charges for this service. Before selecting this option, please check with your financial institution to make sure they offer the service and that you are qualified to use it.
You will receive a PIN and Internet password when you select this payment option on the New Taxpayer Enrollment Form. You will need the PIN and Password if you wish to check you payment history online. You cannot make or cancel any payments online if you select this payment option. In addition, you cannot edit enrollment or financial institution information online.
If you pay your federal taxes from different bank accounts, you will need to complete separate Enrollment Forms for each account.