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QR codes make paying your tax bill a little easier

The Internal Revenue Service has added QR, or Quick Response, codes to some of the notices it sends taxpayers. Specifically, the codes are going on tax due notices.

The goal, says the IRS, is to make it easier for taxpayers to deal with the notices. Recipients of the QR coded correspondence can use their smartphones to scan it and go directly to IRS website. From there, they can access their taxpayer account, set up a payment plan, or contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

The hope is that the QR electronic contact option will alleviate some of the tax assistance troubles, for individuals seeking help or information, as well as for IRS personnel, and increase case resolutions such as payment in full and installment agreements.

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The collection notices that will sport the electronic emblems are:

  • CP14, Balance Due
  • ACS Letter LT16, Please Call Us About Your Overdue Taxes or Tax Return
  • CP501, Individual Balance Due, First Notice
  • CP503, Individual Balance Due, Second Notice
  • CP504, Final Balance Due Notice, Intent to Levy
  • ACS Letter LT11, Final Notice and Notice of Intent to Levy and Your Notice of a Right to a Hearing
  • ACS Letter LT17, Please Take Action on your Balance Due Using our Online Services
  • ACS Letter LT19, Pay Your Outstanding Tax Returns

These redesigned notices now have simplified language to direct taxpayers to self-help options on the IRS website, according to the agency. The added QR codes will take taxpayers directly to the Online Payment Agreement application or to set up their tax account online.

Let us know if you need further assistance or new help with the new process by contacting your Henry+Horne advisor.

Danette J Holguin, EA