On December 1, the IRS made available a new online application that helps taxpayers manage their basic account information. With this user-friendly and secure tool, taxpayers can view their IRS account balance (including the amounts they owe for tax, penalties and interest), as well as continue to utilize several online payment options via direct pay, pay by card and Online Payment Agreement. In the future, the IRS intends to expand this platform’s offerings.
Taxpayers must follow a two-step authentication process before using the tool. Those with a Secure Access for Get Transcript Online or Get an IP PIN can use their usernames and passwords for the online application. Those registering for the first time must have an email address, a text-enabled cell phone in his or her name and precise financial information such as credit card or loan numbers. Click here to view the Secure Access process.
Once a user has begun the authentication process, the IRS will send verification, activation or security codes via email and text. Please note that the IRS will not initiate contact asking for log-in or personal information. The texts and emails they send will simply contain one-time codes for taxpayers to use to complete the authentication process.
While exploring this new tool, be sure to check out the wealth of tax information on IRS.gov — including how to pay in cash at a retail partner if that is your preferred payment method.
For more information, contact your Rehmann tax advisor.