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Taxpayers: Pay Your Taxes at 7-Eleven

(posted: April 6th, 2016)


Americans now have the option of paying their taxes in cash at 7-Eleven convenience stores, according to an Internal Revenue Service announcement.

"Taxpayers have many options to pay their tax bills by direct debit, a check or a credit card, but this provides a new way for people who can only pay their taxes in cash without having to travel to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement.

The cash payments app, PayNearMe, and 7-Eleven have partnered with the IRS to give taxpayers who lack checking accounts or credit cards an easier option for paying their federal taxes.

Taxpayers can pay up to $1,000 a day at over 7,000 participating stores for a $3.99 fee. The IRS says that many of the stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new payment process involves registering before paying, as described below, and may take five to seven days, so the IRS stresses that taxpayers should use this method well before the due date of the payment to avoid penalties and interest. Taxpayers who encounter problems using this method should call the PayNearMe customer service line at 888-714-0004.

In order to use this payment method, taxpayers must start on the IRS's website.

The IRS process:

  • Visit the IRS.gov payments page and select the cash option in the "Other Ways You Can Pay" section.
  • You will receive an email from OfficialPayments.com confirming your information.
  • After the IRS has verified your information, PayNearMe sends you an email with a link to your payment code and instructions.

You then print the payment code or send it to your smartphone, along with a list of the closest 7-Eleven stores. After the store accepts the cash payment, it will give you a receipt for your records.

Payments usually will post within two days.

Find the detailed steps, and answers to some frequently asked questions, on the IRS website.

Until now, the IRS has accepted cash payments only at certain IRS offices, and exact change was required.

To guard against tax fraud, the IRS reminds those using this method that they will not receive emails from OfficialPayments.com or PayNearMe unless they initiated the payment process and to be wary of any emails they receive saying there are tax issues involving the IRS or from others in the tax industry.

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