How to Pay the IRS if You Owe Taxes

There are several ways to pay the IRS if you owe, but just because you can pay taxes over time doesn’t always mean you should.

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If you are worried about how to pay the IRS because you owe taxes, you're not alone. The cost of living in the current economy can make paying the IRS feel like an impossible task. However, the federal tax payment deadline is less than two weeks away for most people. (Some states have IRS tax deadline extensions due to natural disasters.) 

If you don't pay up by the due date, the IRS can impose costly penalties. The good news is that if you cannot pay your taxes in full, the IRS offers payment plans that might make things easier for you. But those plans might not be the best choice for everyone. 

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.