Pay taxes on time

In this series:

How to file your taxes: step by step
Check if you need to file
Gather your documents
Get credits and deductions
File your return
Get your refund
Pay taxes on time
Be ready to file taxes next year

When taxes are due

Each year, your tax is due by the filing deadline even if you get a filing extension. The filing deadline for 2023 tax returns is April 15, 2024.

If you have self-employment income or other income that doesn't have taxes withheld, you may need to make quarterly estimated tax payments.

Make a payment 

Make a tax payment anytime online, from your bank account, with a card or by mail. If you can't pay, get help with tax debt.

If you file electronically, your tax software will generally give you payment options.

Request a payment plan 

If you can't pay by the deadline, request a payment plan. We encourage you to pay your taxes in full because penalties and interest will continue to grow until you pay the full balance. Find more information on IRS help with tax debt.

Pay as you go 

You must pay taxes as you earn income through the year. You can pay by having your employer withhold tax from your paycheck or by making estimated payments.

To make sure you're paying the right amount through the year, use the Tax Withholding Estimator.

How to pay your taxes.