to their credit cards in order to meet their payment obligations. But in most instances, using a credit card to pay taxes will be more expensive than simply writing a check. This is because taxpayers must use one of the approved IRS payment processors and these companies charge a credit card processing fee.

Let’s take a look at these options:

Official Payments CorporationThis company charges a fee of 2.35% and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Pay1040.com is operated by Link2GovCorporation and charges a 2.35% fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

PayUSAtax.com is run by WorldPay US, Inc and it accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express with a 1.89% fee.

Which is best?

Taxpayers who are using their credit card should find the one with the lowest fee. For Visa and MasterCard, Choice Pay has the lowest rate at 1.88%. PayUSAtax.com is a close second with 1.89%, and they take American Express and Discover. Both BusinessTaxPayment.com and Pay1040.com charge 2.35%, which is significantly higher.

By understanding all of the available options, taxpayers can spend the least in fees when they choose to pay taxes with their credit cards.

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