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 Electronic payment options and advantages

Third quarter estimated tax payments are due Monday, September 15. We encourage you to tell your clients about two easy ways they can make their payments electronically. By paying electronically, they won't have to spend time writing and mailing checks, or wonder if we received their checks on time, because electronic payments are quickly applied to taxpayers’ accounts.

Web Pay

Your clients can access our free online program at any time to schedule a payment up to one year in advance. To use Web Pay, your clients simply enter the payment amount and the date they want the funds to be transferred from their checking or savings account. A built-in verification process for bank account and routing numbers helps taxpayers avoid entering incorrect banking information.

Personal income taxpayers can also use Web Pay to pay any FTB liability, including:

  • An estimated tax (Form 540-ES).
  • A balance due on their tax return.
  • An extension (Form FTB 3519).
  • A prior-year balance.
  • A bill.

To find out more, go to our website ftb.ca.gov and search for Web Pay.

Credit Card

Your clients can use their credit cards to pay any bill when they make a payment through Official Payments Corporation. Official Payments Corporation charges a convenience fee of 2.5 percent (minimum $1), and accepts the following cards:

  •  Discover/NOVUS
  •  MasterCard
  •  Visa
  •  American Express

To make a payment, your clients can either call 800.2.PAY.TAX (800.272.9829) or go to officialpayments.com.

In this tough economy, we want to work with you and your clients to meet their tax liabilities. If your clients are unable to pay their balances in full, let them know they can apply for an installment agreement online. Generally, your clients will qualify if they:

  • Owe a balance of $10,000 or less.
  • Agree to pay their balance in 36 months or less.
  • Have filed all personal income tax returns.

We also accept installment agreement applications for balances up to $25,000, and for payment periods up to 60 months. If you have clients who owe balances between $10,000 and $25,000, they need to call us at 800.689.4776 to discuss setting up an installment agreement.