IRS renews electronic-payments contract

The IRS has renewed its contract with Official Payments Corp. of Stamford, Conn., the second of four optional one-year renewals, to continue collecting and processing individual federal income tax payments, the company said today.

Official Payments began providing the service for the IRS in 1999.

Individual federal taxpayers can make balance due, estimated, extension, installment and prior tax year payments by credit card at its site at www.officialpayments.com. With the contract renewal, the company has expanded the number of tax years for which past due payments may be accepted. Official Payments will be able to accept prior tax years' payments for 1999 through 2003 and installment agreement payments for tax years 1999 through 2004 beginning Jan. 1.

Official Payments provides electronic-payment services for the IRS, 22 states, the District of Columbia and more than 1,500 local government clients. The company charges taxpayers a fee for the service.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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