The Internal Revenue Services continues to try to find ways to meet its mandated goal of getting 80% of American taxpayers filing tax returns electronically by 2007. The latest stimulus to that plan includes improvements on the IRS's electronic tax payment Web site.
The Web site, EFTPS-OnLine, or Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, gives taxpayers a location on the Internet where they can make tax payments and review their payment history.
The latest improvements to the site include the ability to make more than one payment without logging out and logging in again after each payment. Taxpayers can also schedule multiple payments all at once. For example, if a taxpayer wants to set up a schedule for making a year's worth of quarterly payments online, this can all be accomplished in one session.
Previously the Web site only provided payment history for four prior months. Now the database has been expanded so taxpayers can view payment history online for the past 16 months. In addition, taxpayers can search for their past payment information by date, type of tax, or type of tax form used. Previously there was no search or sort feature available.
Also, taxpayers can now make a phone call and change the information about which bank account the IRS should access when withdrawing authorized payments, without completing a new enrollment form for the bank account. A personal identification number can be designated online, and taxpayers can begin making payments with no waiting period.
The IRS plans to provide direct links to the various state online tax payment Web sites as well. So far, links to Web sites for Arizona, California, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, and New Jersey are available.