Ensuring Proper Credit of Payments

When the bottom line of your tax return says, "Amount You Owe," the IRS reminds you to be sure to make your check or money order payable to the "United States Treasury." Do not mail cash with your tax return.

Whether you are filing your current year’s return, a prior year’s return or an amended return, always provide your correct name, address, Social Security number, daytime telephone number, tax year, and form number on the front of your check or money order. Enclose your payment with your return, but do not staple it to the form.

If you have a balance due on your 2002 Form 1040, complete and include

Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, when sending your payment and return to the IRS. This will help the IRS process your payment more accurately and efficiently. Follow the instructions on the form.

Do not include a 2003 estimated tax payment with your 2002 income tax return. Mail your estimated tax payments separately to the address shown in the Form 1040-ES instructions.

For more information, call toll free 1-800-829-4477 to check out TeleTax Topic 158, "Ensuring Proper Credit of Payments," or you can find the same information in Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax.


This daily Tax Tip has been provided by the IRS

Note: These tips are provided to help trigger ideas on ways to minimize your tax burden, not as a substitute for professional advice. There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer - each taxpayer's situation is different. You should contact your tax preparer to determine together how this may affect your unique situation.

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