Wednesday, August 25, 2010

7 Steps to Paying Tax Liabilities

As the summer comes to a close, so does the 6 month extension to file tax returns. Extensions are used to extend the time to file your tax return but do not extend the time to pay any tax monies owed. If you are a taxpayer that has a tax liability that has not been paid, here are the seven steps to paying your tax liabilities:

1. Find out how much you owe in unpaid taxes. Either contact the IRS or get copies of your tax returns to verify the amount you owe. Tax liabilities not paid timely will include your original tax due, plus penalties and interest.

2. If setting up a payment plan, the IRS charges a user fee: $52 for direct debit installment agreements, $105 for new installment agreements without direct debit, or $45 for restructuring or for reinstating a defaulted installment agreement. Low income taxpayers can request a lower fee of $43.

3. Fill out Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request. Or use the Online Payment Agreement Application on the IRS Web site.

4. Choose a day of the month you want to make your payments. Your payment must be made by the same day each and every month. You can choose any day you want between the 1st and 28th of the month.

5. Choose your monthly payment amount. You must pay the same amount each and every month.

6. The IRS will respond to your request in about 30 days.

7. Make payments each and every month. You can pay by check, money order, credit card, EFTPS or automatic withdrawals from your checking account.

Taxpayers can increase the amount of their monthly payment if they like, but should at least make the same minimum payment each month. Taxpayers can always seek the assistance of a competent tax professional if they need assistance creating a budget for their tax liability or they do not have the time to complete the steps.

The Tech Accountant

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