How to Make IRS Tax Payments

When you figure your income tax return at the end of the year, you might see a balance owed to the IRS. When this happens, you need to know how to make IRS payments. If you do not make payments to the federal government or at least arrange to pay, the IRS will take the money from you in some way. To avoid garnishing your paychecks or holding your refunds in the future, you need to pay the IRS what you owe.

How to Make IRS Tax Payments

Calculate your tax return. If you owe money, you send along a check with your tax return. If you don't have the money to make the payment right away, follow the next few steps for payment options.

Send your return into the IRS even if you do not have the money to pay the amount owed. When you have some money to make a payment, even if it is a partial payment, mail a check, money order or cashier's check to the IRS. Whenever you send a payment after you have filed your tax return, include your Social Security number or a copy of the bill the IRS has sent to you. Keep doing this until you have paid all of the money you owe.

Pay the taxes you owe with a credit card. You can call the toll free number listed on the IRS bill or website to arrange a payment with a credit card. When you choose this option, you will need your Social Security number and any other information requested from the tax bill you received in the mail.

Pay the amount owed to the IRS by electronic transfer. Call the toll-free number listed on the website or your bill from the IRS. You will give your bank account information, including the routing number and checking or savings account number. The payment is withdrawn in 24 hours.

Visit your local IRS office to pay in cash. Cash is not allowed through the mail and must be given to a worker at the IRS office. You will get a receipt for every payment you make.


  • Every time you make a payment to the IRS, make a copy of any paper check, money order or cashier's check before sending it.

    If you pay cash at the IRS office, always wait for a receipt and keep this with your tax records.


  • Do not forget to pay at least some of your tax or you will accumulate late charges and penalties on all outstanding balances until paid in full.