Proposed Regulations Expand the Use
of Electronic Payment System
and Discontinue Paper Coupons Next Year
Washington — Consistent with a Treasury Department initiative announced in April of this year, the IRS today issued proposed regulations to significantly increase the number of electronic transactions between taxpayers and the federal government.
The proposed regulations would eliminate the rules for making federal tax deposits by paper coupon because the paper coupon system will no longer be maintained by the Treasury Department after January 2011. The proposed regulations generally maintain existing rules for depositing federal taxes through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
Using EFTPS to make federal tax deposits provides substantial benefits to both taxpayers and the government. EFTPS users can make tax payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week from home or the office. Deposits can be made online with a computer or by telephone. EFTPS also significantly reduces payment-related errors that could result in a penalty. The system helps taxpayers schedule dates to make payments even when they are out of town or on vacation when a payment is due. EFTPS business users can schedule payments up to 120 days in advance of the desired payment date.
Information on EFTPS, including how to enroll, can be found at www.eftps.gov or by calling the EFTPS Customer Service at 1-800-555-4477 to receive an Enrollment Form.
For some businesses paying a minimal amount of tax, they may make their payments with the related tax return, instead of using EFTPS. More details regarding taxes required to be deposited using EFTPS, dollar thresholds and other specific requirements are described in the proposed regulations.