VISA and MasterCard credit cards have been added to the list of electronic payment options available for electronic filers. You must file your taxes online to take advantage of credit card payment choices. American Express and Discover are also available. You can also pay by electronic funds transfer and e-check.
“Many taxpayers have been asking for the VISA payment option,” said Department Director Cindi Holmstrom. “Electronic payments are a secure, convenient option for taxpayers, and they help make the Department more efficient.”
Currently, more than 142,000 businesses use the E-file system, and 80 percent of those used electronic payments to settle their tax bills last year. E-filers represent nearly one-third of the active business taxpayers in the state of Washington, and they pay two-thirds of taxes, nearly $700 million a month.
New flat fee
In addition to adding the new VISA and MasterCard payment options, the convenience fee for processing credit card payments is now a simple flat rate of 2.5 percent ($1 minimum) for all taxpayers. This flat fee replaces the old rolling scale which applied different rates for different cards and resulted in an average 3 percent fee for smaller businesses. The Department uses a third party provider to process electronic payments.
Discover the freedom of electronic filing!
Filing and paying your taxes electronically is a great way to save time and headaches at reporting time. If you have not yet enrolled, sign up here. More information or assistance is also available from the Telephone Information Center toll-free at 1-877-345-3353.
Mt. Rainier photo by Tanya Alexander, isdesign.