Complete your federal income tax return. If you have a balance due, consider using your credit card to pay the tax bill.
Use a MasterCard, American Express or Discover card. Visa does not participate.
Include your credit card information when you are filing your tax return electronically.
Call (888) 2PAY-TAX (888-272-9829) if you're mailing in your return or if you've already filed electronically. This is a toll-free call.
Provide the requested information as well as the date you want the payment made. You have through April 15 to pay. That date may change from year to year, so check. However, you will always have until at least the date on which taxes traditionally are due, currently April 15.
Note the confirmation number you are given on the phone. This (and your credit card bill) is your proof of payment.
Expect a "convenience fee" based on the amount charged to be added to your credit card bill. The fee averages 2.5 percent; it is $3 for up to $100 and $68 for $2,000 to $2,699.
Pay the bill in full when received or be prepared to pay the credit card's usual interest charges. The charge will be labeled "U.S. Treasury." You may use your credit card to pay another person's tax bill.
Rest assured that the IRS does not receive or want your credit card information.
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