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  • Daniel Gray CPA Toronto

email option for Direct Pay and the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System

One can now sign up for email notifications when using IRS Direct Pay or EFTPS to pay taxes. This new email feature allows taxpayers to receive notifications about their payments in their personal email accounts.

You can use Direct Pay to make payments on these payment types or towards the following returns:

  • 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ

  • 1040ES (Estimated tax)

  • Installment Agreement

  • 1040X (Amended Return)

  • 4868 (Extension to file)

  • 5329 (Additional taxes on qualified plans)

Direct Pay payments are made through an ACH debit from your bank account. To pay with a credit or debit card, visit and select Pay by Card. Note: the card processors charge fees.

Direct Pay is not available for business payments. You can register with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System® (EFTPS) to make free online payments from a bank account for businesses. Visit for more information.

Business clients making payments through a payroll service provider can also opt in to receive email notifications. If they opt in, they’ll receive email notifications for all payments made through EFTPS, including those made by their payroll service provider.

There are no web links within the email notifications. To avoid phishing scams, if taxpayers see links in an email appearing to be from the IRS about payments, they shouldn't click on those links.

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