Treasury Unveils Campaign to Convert Paper Tax Payments to Electronic
November 15, 2005, Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the launch of Simplify, a national campaign to communicate to tax preparers and small businesses the benefits of paying taxes electronically through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). Simplify underscores the benefits and security of paying taxes electronically.
EFTPS enables tax preparers, businesses and individuals to pay federal taxes electronically, including corporate, excise and employment taxes, and 1040 quarterly estimated tax payments. EFTPS offers a variety of payment methods, including the Internet and a telephone voice response system, as well as other electronic solutions for tax preparers of all sizes.
In fiscal year 2005, the number of EFTPS payments processed rose 7 percent to 78 million, and the dollar volume increased 11 percent to $1.8 trillion compared with the previous year. On Sept. 15, 2005, EFTPS received $68.78 billion in payments, the highest amount in its nine-year history. More than 6 million users are enrolled.
"Although EFTPS serves a growing number of taxpayers who recognize it as a reliable, secure and convenient method for doing business with the government, far too many tax preparers and small businesses still use paper coupons," said Donald Hammond, Fiscal Assistant Secretary. "Simplify will enable us to build on the recent successes of EFTPS and help encourage additional taxpayers to use the service."
"In 2005, 68.4 million tax returns were filed electronically through IRS e-file. IRS now receives more returns electronically than on paper. This breakthrough shows increased public interest in electronic interaction with the government," said Kevin Brown, IRS Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division. "The Simplify campaign exemplifies a wider effort by the Treasury to serve an increasingly wired public through a variety of electronic filing and payment processes, including IRS e-file, e-pay and e-services."
The campaign will promote usage of EFTPS through partnerships with national, state and local tax preparer and small business organizations, and through media, Web relations and advertising.