IRS has added new features to the tax account online feature. You can now view 18 months of payment history along with your federal tax account balance. The site is safe, secure and can be accessed through the IRS.gov/payments page.
While viewing your account, you can also pay with IRS Direct Pay, a debit or credit card, or apply for an installment agreement.
Before accessing the tax account online, you must authenticate your identity through the secure access process. This is a two-step authentication process, which means that if you are a returning user, you must use your credentials (username and password) and request a new security code (sent via text) each time you log in. If you already have a user
name and password from you may use the same username and password.
To register for the first time, you must have:
As part of the security process, the IRS will send you verification, activation or security codes via email and text. The IRS will not initiate contact via text or email asking for log-in information or personal data. The IRS texts and emails will only contain one-time codes.
Your balance will update no more than once every 24 hours, usually overnight. After making an electronic payment, allow at least two business days for it to appear in the payment history. Allow two weeks if you are paying by mail.
In the future, you will be able to view your tax records online and download full account transcripts.
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