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General Procedural Questions

Question: What should I do if I'm concerned because my check for payment to the IRS has not been cashed yet?


You should check first with your financial institution to verify that your check has not cleared your account before you contact the IRS.

If it has been at least two weeks since you sent your payment to the IRS and your financial institution verifies that the check has not cleared your account, you can call the IRS's toll-free number at 800-829-1040 to ask if the payment has been credited to your account.

If the payment has not been credited and your check has not cleared, you may choose to place a stop payment order on the original check and send another payment. In this case, the IRS does not charge a failure to pay penalty.

Payment methods:

  • Use Direct Pay.
  • If enrolled with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, pay online at or call 800-316-6541.
  • For more information on paying your taxes with a credit or debit card, see Pay your Taxes by Debit or Credit Card
  • For more electronic payment options, visit our Payments page.
  • Mail a check or money order payment to the service center where you sent in your tax return.
    • Make the check or money order payable to the United States Treasury
    • Provide the following information on your check or money order:
      • Name
      • Address
      • Primary social security number
      • Tax year
      • Tax form filed
      • Daytime phone number

Category: IRS Procedures
Subcategory: General Procedural Questions

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