QR code technology comes to the IRS

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Do you owe the IRS money? Or maybe you are unsure of your payment options. In theory, you know that there is much in the way of good information on the IRS website (IRS.gov – don’t be fooled by a scammer trying to take you to a look alike website), but it can be overwhelming when you do not know where to look.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is making it easier to pay tax bills by adding QR codes to notices CP14 and CP14 IA. These notices include the amount you owe on unpaid taxes and payment options. The QR code will streamline navigating the website and ensure that you can pay securely. You’ll get direct access to the information you need to pay your balance online, set up payment plans or get assistance without having to wait on hold for hours.

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Simply use your smartphones to scan the QR code on the from. It will then take you directly to IRS.gov and securely access your account. From there you can set up a payment plan or contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

The IRS sends out more than 8 million CP14 notices every year, reminding people of their unpaid tax bill, making this notice the perfect place to start using QR codes. The IRS is also considering adding the codes to other balance due notices in the future.

Is it enough to make me wish I could get a CP14 notice for myself, so I could try it out? Not exactly, but I am curious about it! For more information or if you have any questions, contact your tax adviser

Beth Hawley