It’s no secret this tax season is proving a little more … “costly” for everyday Southern California taxpayers. If you can find any solace in that reality, know that you are not alone.

Due to changes made through the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), many Americans find themselves in a position of issuing payment to the IRS. For a lot of people, it is uncharted territory.

I will be addressing this today. Especially for those who have had difficulty with a tax problem in the past, making sure that we are all squared away for THIS YEAR is a critical step.

You should know something: Helping you through tax season is something we love to do. Why? Because we love forming relationships with people like you, and helping you understand the ins and outs of filing/paying your taxes.

If you dread this time of year, give it a more personable touch and reach out for our direct assistance. No matter where you are on the spectrum (i.e. “I have no idea what I’m doing” to “I normally do taxes on my own, but the last couple years have given me some serious trouble”), we really do love to help.

Now, on to making sure you’re squared away this year…

How Southern California Taxpayers Can Pay Taxes Online in 2019

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.” -Margaret Mitchell

Before I dive in on how to pay taxes online, I saw something recently that you might be interested in…

What’s the current state of our tax nation? In short, living in the Dakotas might be underrated and away from some of the noise, but come tax season both North and South Dakota came out on top as the states who will owe the most in taxes this season. According to recent data, the Dakotas are followed by some usual suspects … states with higher incomes who end up paying more in taxes. Take a look at the top ten:

  1. North Dakota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Connecticut
  5. Washington
  6. New Jersey
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Nevada
  9. California
  10. New Hampshire

As to where you can pay your tax fees, and how to streamline the process using various online/offline resources, here. we. go.

IRS Direct Pay: This is one of the easier, more straight-forward options you have to pay. Simply link the payment to your checking or savings account, and you’re good to go.

Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: Although this seems a little old school today, it was once the high-tech way to pay. If you’ve been using it for years, I get it. If you’re new to the EFTPS game, you’ll need to sign up before using.

Credit or Debit Card: This is how many pay, and it will seem the most appealing, which is understandable. But know that fees often accompany this option … depending on the company you go with.

Check or Money Order: Again, a more old school option. But if you see either method as “ole reliable”, then I can’t argue with you. Make sure your payments are made out to United States Treasury (or U.S. Treasury), not the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Pay the IRS a Visit: With all the aforementioned ways to pay, this is the most personable yet effort-filled option. Take the check you wrote OR CASH (!) to pay your taxes at an IRS office near you.

So there you have it. We are in the heart of the season, and I hope you have filed already. But if life has been crazy … I get it. Please give me a call if I can help. In the meantime, know we are all forking over a little extra money this year. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that there’s more to life than money.

So enjoy the turn of Spring, get outside with friends and family, and enjoy today’s (hopefully) beautiful weather.

Put us in your corner.



David Barnes

(714) 541-4338

Barnes Accountancy Corporation