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EFTPS Payment Method

What is EFTPS?

What is EFTPS? The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System(EFTPS) is a free electronic tax payment service provided by the U.S. Treasury that lets you pay federal taxes electronically online or by phone from your bank account. Over 12 million individuals, businesses, & other entities use EFTPS to pay income, payroll, estimated, excise taxes, & more safely & easily.

You can use it anytime, any day of the year, 365 days a year, 24/7

Who can use EFTPS to pay taxes?

EFTPS, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, is available for

  • Businesses, individuals (such as freelancers or self-employed individuals)
  • Tax-exempt organizations (like charities)
  • Federal agencies to pay their federal taxes electronically. It's a convenient and secure way to make payments directly to the IRS

What types of federal taxes can you pay with EFTPS?

With EFTPS, you can pay different types of federal taxes online, including:

  • Income Taxes: For individuals and businesses.
  • Employment Taxes: Taxes withheld from employees' paychecks.
  • Excise Taxes: Taxes on specific goods like gasoline and alcohol.
  • Estimated Taxes: Payments made throughout the year if you expect to owe taxes.
  • Gift and Estate Taxes: For those subject to these taxes.
  • Other Taxes: Like penalties and interest payments.

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  • Form 2290 (Excise Tax Forms) - Used for reporting heavy highway vehicle use tax (HVUT).
  • Form 940 (Employment Tax Forms) - Reports federal unemployment tax payments.
  • Form 941 (Exempt Org. Forms) - Used to report quarterly employment tax returns.

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How do you enroll in EFTPS online?

To enroll in EFTPS online, visit the official EFTPS website provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Here's how:

  1. Visit the official EFTPS website.
  2. Click on ”Enroll“ and follow the provided instructions.
  3. Provide your personal, business, and banking details.
  4. Receive your PIN via mail.
  5. Log in using your TIN and the PIN.
  6. Once logged in, schedule tax payments and manage your account.

Keep your PIN secure and contact EFTPS customer service for assistance if needed.

What payment options does EFTPS offer?

EFTPS offers payment options including direct bank transfers, scheduled ACH debits, batch payments for businesses, credit/debit card payments (with fees), and same-day wire transfers via FedTax.

How do I get an EFTPS payment receipt?

  1. Log in to your EFTPS account.
  2. Navigate to the ”Payment History“ section.
  3. Locate the payment for which you need a receipt.
  4. Click to view or download the receipt.

If you need help, you can always contact EFTPS Customer Service.

Can state taxes be paid through EFTPS?

No, EFTPS is only for federal tax payments. State taxes must be paid through the respective state's payment system.

Is EFTPS secure?

Yes, EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) meets high-security standards, using encryption and verification procedures to protect taxpayer information and ensure secure transactions.

What is the difference between the EFTPS and IRS Direct Pay?

EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System):
  • Also free, but you need to sign up first.
  • Allows for a wider range of tax payments, including business taxes.
  • More flexible scheduling, up to 365 days in advance.
  • Best for businesses and people with more complex tax situations.
IRS Direct Pay:
  • Easy and free way to pay taxes online directly from your bank account.
  • No need to sign up, just login and pay.
  • Good for individual income taxes and simple payments.
  • You can pay immediately or schedule payments up to 30 days ahead.

Do businesses need a separate EFTPS account?

Yes, businesses typically need a separate EFTPS account to make federal tax payments. This allows for proper tracking and management of tax payments, separating business tax obligations from personal ones. Each entity, including businesses, must register for its own EFTPS account to ensure accurate reporting and payment processing.

What happens if an EFTPS payment is late?

If an EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) payment is late, the taxpayer may incur penalties and interest charges imposed by the IRS.

These penalties and interest accrue on the unpaid tax amount from the due date until the payment is made. The penalty rate can vary depending on the type of tax and the length of the delay. It's essential to make timely payments to avoid these penalties and minimize additional costs.

What payment methods does EFTPS support?

  • Income taxes (personal and business)
  • Estimated income taxes
  • Payroll taxes
  • Excise taxes
  • Corporate taxes
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Can you automate recurring EFTPS payments?

Yes, you can automate recurring EFTPS payments through the system's Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) option. Here's how it generally works:

  1. Authorize EFTPS: Fill out a form with your bank details and payment frequency to allow EFTPS to withdraw funds from your account.
  2. Schedule Payments: Once authorized, set up recurring payments on EFTPS, specifying how often and how much to pay.
  3. Confirm Schedule: Double-check your payment details for accuracy and confirm to activate your recurring payments.
  4. Monitor and Adjust: Keep an eye on your bank statements and EFTPS activity. You can tweak your payment schedule or cancel recurring payments as needed.

Automating EFTPS payments makes meeting your federal tax obligations easier, ensuring timely payments without manual effort.

Difference Between EFTPS and IRS Direct Pay?

FeatureEFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System)IRS Direct Pay
ProviderU.S. Department of the TreasuryInternal Revenue Service (IRS)
Types of TaxesVarious federal taxes including income, employment, corporate, excise, etc.Individual income taxes, estimated taxes, tax balances due, etc.
Enrollment RequiredYesNo
Account SetupYes, taxpayers need to enroll and set up an accountNot required, taxpayers can use it without additional registration
Payment SchedulingYes, allows for scheduling payments in advance and setting up recurring paymentsNo, payments are one-time and cannot be scheduled or recurring
Payment History ViewingYes, users can view their payment historyLimited, typically shows recent payment transactions
Payment OptionsOnline or by phoneOnline only

Can sole proprietors enroll in EFTPS as a business?

Yes, sole proprietors can enroll in EFTPS to make federal tax payments for their businesses. EFTPS is available for various types of businesses, including sole proprietorships. Once enrolled, sole proprietors can use EFTPS to make federal tax payments such as income taxes, estimated taxes, and other business-related taxes.

How to change a bank account in EFTPS?

To change your bank account information in EFTPS:

  • Log in to your EFTPS account.
  • Look for the option to update your bank account information.
  • Enter your new bank account details.
  • Double-check the information & click to submit.
  • Allow a few days for the updates to take effect.
  • Make sure to update any scheduled payments with the new bank account details to avoid payment disruptions.
  • Confirm that the changes have been successfully applied by checking your account.

Is there a fee to use EFTPS?

No, there is typically no fee to use EFTPS. It is a free service provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for taxpayers to make electronic payments of their federal taxes.

Your Responsibilities

You need to start the process for tax payments. Without your instructions to EFTPS, your payments won't go through.

To avoid penalties with EFTPS payments, here's what you need to do:

  • Submit your tax payment to EFTPS by 8 p.m. ET at least one day before the tax due date.
  • Keep a record of the EFT Acknowledgment Number you get.
  • Make sure you have enough money in your account to cover the tax payment.

Verify your payment status at any time.

Check the status and payment history of any transactions conducted through EFTPS within the last sixteen months on EFTPS.gov.

Can I cancel an EFTPS payment?

Yes, you can cancel an EFTPS payment as long as it meets certain criteria:

  • It must be scheduled for a future date.
  • It must be cancelled at least two business days before the scheduled payment date.
  • You must cancel the payment through the EFTPS system online or by calling EFTPS Customer Service.

If your payment meets these conditions, you can cancel it without incurring any fees or penalties.

Instructions for Foreign Taxpayers

If you're outside the US but have a US bank account, you can sign up for EFTPS.

  • To learn more and explore other options for international taxpayers with US tax responsibilities, check out the International Taxpayers Fact Sheet on EFTPS.gov's Downloads section.

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