How to arrange a payment plan with the IRS

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The Internal Revenue Service is in charge of collecting taxes from citizens of the United States. Each year, Americans must file a tax return and pay the government, via the IRS, any taxes owed. In some cases, you may not be able to afford to pay all the taxes you owe in one payment. The Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers to set up a payment plan online so long as certain conditions are met.

Step 1

Have less than $25,000 owed in taxes, penalties and interest. If you owe more than that, a payment plan can be set up but only on an individual basis through an IRS agent.

Step 2

Go online at and call up the IRS' payment plan application.

Step 3

Have the necessary information ready to go. You will need your social security number, PIN (personal identification number), birth date, your tax return and the caller ID number from your latest IRS notice. You also need to know what is the most you can afford to pay and how often you can make that payment.

Step 4

Fill out the application and submit it to the IRS. You will have an answer immediately.


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