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Old Mar 31, 2010, 8:04 am
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payUSAtax.com is a new IRS Authorized Payment Provider. Reading their website I had the impression we could pay the balance due on 2009 form 1040 with a Discover, Mastercard or VISA credit card, paying a Convenience Fee of 1.95%. This is lower than the fees charged by the other payment processors. Both Official Payments and Link2Gov charge 2.35%, reduced from 2.49% last year.

It's good that the IRS has added a third processor and that there is price competition. However, when I try to pay using a VISA credit card this message is displayed:

Visa credit cards are not accepted for the tax type selected. Please modify your payment method. If you would like to use your Visa credit card, please visit the “Pay by Credit Card” page at www.IRS.gov for alternate payment providers.

I have contacted payUSAtax for clarification, but given the wording of the message I don't think this is a programming or operator error.

Questions:

1. Has anyone actually used this site to pay 2009 balance due, and what type of card did it accept?

2. Can anyone see a disclosure on the site that should have told me that they do not accept VISA credit cards?

My search turned up only three previous mentions on Flyertalk:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other...astercard.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/miles...hip-cards.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other...es-points.html
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Old Mar 31, 2010, 12:17 pm
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I have used the site several times with no problem, using the Travelocity MC to pay my 944 employer taxes. I will be using it again to pay my Estimated tax in April, since with the lower rate and the 4% back in travel on the Gnome card I will come out ahead.
I have a refund coming, so no experience with the balance due portion.
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Old Mar 31, 2010, 3:56 pm
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I had the same issue with a Visa. Then I thought I would try out paying by phone. What do you know, it worked!
https://www.payusatax.com/PayByPhone.aspx

Originally Posted by mia
payUSAtax.com is a new IRS Authorized Payment Provider. Reading their website I had the impression we could pay the balance due on 2009 form 1040 with a Discover, Mastercard or VISA credit card, paying a Convenience Fee of 1.95%. This is lower than the fees charged by the other payment processors. Both Official Payments and Link2Gov charge 2.35%, reduced from 2.49% last year.

It's good that the IRS has added a third processor and that there is price competition. However, when I try to pay using a VISA credit card this message is displayed:

Visa credit cards are not accepted for the tax type selected. Please modify your payment method. If you would like to use your Visa credit card, please visit the “Pay by Credit Card” page at www.IRS.gov for alternate payment providers.

I have contacted payUSAtax for clarification, but given the wording of the message I don't think this is a programming or operator error.

Questions:

1. Has anyone actually used this site to pay 2009 balance due, and what type of card did it accept?

2. Can anyone see a disclosure on the site that should have told me that they do not accept VISA credit cards?

My search turned up only three previous mentions on Flyertalk:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other...astercard.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/miles...hip-cards.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other...es-points.html
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 6:07 am
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Thank you very much. The telephone system accepted my VISA payment .
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 9:44 am
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Which cards are you guys using to pay off your taxes?
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 10:13 am
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I used Chase Amazon.com VISA because we received a targetted offer of 15,000 bonus points for $10,000 spend in 90 days. These points are convertible to British Airways miles 1:1. That's 2.5 miles per dollar total.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by thehimalayas
I had the same issue with a Visa. Then I thought I would try out paying by phone. What do you know, it worked!
https://www.payusatax.com/PayByPhone.aspx
^ Thanks. I have a 2% Visa rebate card; and this'll be great as one month negative interest loan. (1.95% - 2% = 0.05%)

Okay, blast me for not using a miles credit card.

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Old Apr 1, 2010, 11:12 am
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What about debit card?

What about debit card for a flat fee of 3.95$ at www.officialpayments.com?
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by Keflyer
What about debit card for a flat fee of 3.95$
PayUSAtax.com changes $3.89 .
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by mia
Thank you very much. The telephone system accepted my VISA payment .
did you confirm the fee/rate for pay by phone?
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo
did you confirm the fee/rate for pay by phone?
Yes, it's an automated system which guides the user though every step, and confirms all amounts. The fee was 1.95%, same as online.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 3:24 pm
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Can I use CO Biz Debit Card

So does this mean I can use my Continental Business Card to pay $10,000 in tax and then receive refund of $9,200 from IRS if I only owe $800 in tax for $3.89 and receive 10,000 miles?
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 8:49 pm
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Originally Posted by kshahk
So does this mean I can use my Continental Business Card to pay $10,000 in tax and then receive refund of $9,200 from IRS if I only owe $800 in tax for $3.89 and receive 10,000 miles?
Technically you may. Practically, only if you want to risk bringing yourself to the attention of the IRS and get flagged for an audit. I personally will not do it.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by kshahk
...use my Continental Business Card...for $3.89 and receive 10,000 miles?
1. Is your Continental Business Card a debit card?

2. It's not clear if payUSAtax accepts Mastercard brand debit cards.

The fee amount will be a flat rate of $3.89 for Visa debit or ATM/Debit transactions


https://www.payusatax.com/SelectService.aspx
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Old Apr 3, 2010, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by buschoi
...only if you want to risk bringing yourself to the attention of the IRS and get flagged for an audit.
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