EFTPS-OnLine Gets Major Upgrade - IR-2003-90, July 21, 2003

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  1. WASHINGTON â€" The Internal Revenue Service announced today
    that the Internet version of the Electronic Federal Tax
    Payment System (EFTPS), the EFTPS-OnLine Web site, has
    undergone a major upgrade to include several new
    improvements to help taxpayers.

    The changes will provide users with more than a half-dozen
    new features, ranging from more convenience for scheduling
    payments to expanded ability to track payment history. These
    are major changes for EFTPS-OnLine, which was introduced
    almost two years ago and allows taxpayers to make their
    federal tax payments electronically.

    “It’s important to keep the Internet feature fresh and
    flexible to grow with technology and the needs of
    taxpayers,†said Robert Hunt, IRS Director, Taxpayer
    Education and Communication. “We will continue to listen
    to what our users want, and make EFTPS-OnLine even better in
    the years to come.â€

    Taxpayers using the system will see many improvements for
    payments. They will be able to:

    • Schedule all four estimated tax payments, Form
    1040ES, at once in one session without logging out.

    • Access payment history for a 16-month period of time.

    • Search, print or download payment history by date,
    tax type, amount, tax form and other factors.

    Previously, taxpayers could schedule only one estimated tax
    payment at a time and then would log out before scheduling
    another. Payment history was available for only 120 days.
    And, the payment history search and sort feature was not
    available.

    The upgraded site includes many other features that will
    make it much more user-friendly for those using the system.
    Taxpayers can:

    • Change bank accounts by phone without completing a
    new enrollment.

    • Select a PIN online when changing their bank account
    number and begin making payments from that account
    immediately, if electing to bypass bank account information
    verification by the bank.

    • Access links to states with electronic tax payment
    systems directly from the EFTPS Web site.

    • Use enhanced and updated glossary help and
    information.

    • Take advantage of improved accessibility if visually
    impaired.

    EFTPS is a service provided free by two agencies of the U.S.
    Department of the Treasury, the IRS and the Financial
    Management Service. The system enables taxpayers and tax
    professionals to make federal tax payments electronically
    using EFTPS-OnLine, EFTPS-Phone or EFTPS Batch Provider
    software for professionals.

    EFTPS was introduced in 1996 and since that time more than 4
    million taxpayers have enrolled in the system to make their
    federal tax payments electronically. More than $8.8 trillion
    dollars has been collected through EFTPS since 1996. Last
    year, $1.5 trillion dollars were collected. Over ninety-five
    percent of the employment tax dollars are collected through
    EFTPS each year.

    Taxpayers can make payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    from home or office; schedule payments up to 120 days in
    advance (for businesses) or 365 days in advance (for
    individuals); review the last 16 months of tax payment
    history online or by calling Customer Service.

    In addition, taxpayers receive an EFT Acknowledgement Number
    for every EFTPS transaction for easy record keeping and as
    proof of the transaction. EFTPS is ideal for all business
    taxpayers and for individual taxpayers that make Form 1040
    ES quarterly estimated payments.

    Taxpayers can enroll in EFTPS by visiting the EFTPS-OnLine
    Web site at www.eftps.gov, or by calling EFTPS Customer
    Service at 1-800-555-4477 or 1-800-945-8400.

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