Do You Have an IRS Online Account? Should You?

You may ask why you should have an IRS Online Account.  And, what exactly is an IRS Online Account?

An IRS online account is a safe and easy way for individual taxpayers to view details about their federal tax account. Among the benefits and features of this online system are the ability to view

  • A payoff amount, updated daily, for amounts owing
  • Annual balances of taxes owed
  • Payment History
  • Information about the most current tax return as filed
  • Payment plan details if one is in place
  • Copies of select IRS notices
  • Information on Economic Impact Payments received
  • Taxpayer address on file

After viewing your information, you have options to set up an electronic payment option, set up an online payment agreement or get a copy of your tax transcript.

Also, there is a new feature which allows a taxpayer to control who can represent them before the IRS or view their tax records. 

Account balances will update once every 24 hours, usually in the nighttime hours, but if you are looking for payment history, you may have to allow 1 to 3 weeks for payments to show up in your history. 

If you want to stay on top of your federal taxes by accessing information online, you must register through Secure Access at   This is the agency’s two-factor authentication process that protects personal information. Taxpayers can review the Secure Access page process prior to starting registration.



About the Author

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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