Tax season is here. Whether you owe or not, you may be wondering, "Can you pay taxes online for 2019?" The whole process is so convenient. By now, you should have received all of your W-2 and 1099 forms. If not, reach out to your employer ASAP to collect the tax documents. It will make the entire process of doing your taxes — and paying them online— a lot easier for you. Here's what you need to know about making tax payments online.
The Internal Revenue Services offers a handful of ways that Americans can pay their taxes online. Let's start off with a couple of basic things to know about the process. Tax Day is on Monday, April 15. This is the date in which you must file your taxes for any monies earned during Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018. You can file for an extension on your taxes, but if you plan accordingly you shouldn't have to do that.
Instead of snail mailing a check or making a payment over the phone, the IRS has three other ways that you can make your tax payments. The best part? The whole process is super simple and can easily be completed online.
To start, visit the Payments section of the IRS website. The first way is to pay using your personal checking or savings account. This can be done by using the IRS's Direct Pay system. Make sure to have your bank account information handy. You'll need details like the name of your bank and the routing number for your checking or savings account. To get started, you will need select the reason for the payment, what the payment should be applied to, and the tax period for said payment. The prompts are very straightforward. Hopefully you won't hit too many roadblocks when you go to make your payment. (P.S. There are no fees when you choose to pay your taxes with your routing number.)
The second way you can make your tax payments online is by using your credit card or debit card. You won't make the payment directly on the IRS website. Instead, you will need to choose from one of the three recommend payment websites provided by the IRS:
Each website charges different fees and costs depending on if you pay with a debit card or credit. Make sure to review the prices before you pay your taxes. It may feel a bit strange to enter in your credit card information on a website that doesn't end with ".gov", but you're in good hands. The IRS website states that the online payment system options are safe and secure. Not all IRS tax forms can be paid by credit or debit card, though. The IRS also limits the number of times that you can use your credit or debit card to make online tax payments.
The final way you can pay your taxes online is to download the IRS2Go app. The mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. It's also available in the Amazon App Store. The app can be used to make tax payments on your mobile device via the IRS's Direct Pay system. The process is totally free to use and a "secure way to pay directly from your bank account," per the IRS. Additionally, you can use a credit or debit card to pay your taxes within the app. The app utilizes the same three payment processing websites listed above. Just remember that those websites charge fees and other costs.
So, there you have it. These are three easy and convenient ways to pay your taxes online this year. The more you know.