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The Truth About Personal Finance (Collection) by Kay S. Bell, Steve Weisman

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Truth 47. Payment options

It used to be that the only way to pay your taxes was to write Uncle Sam a check. Times have definitely changed.

The IRS, or more specifically the U.S. Treasury, will still take your paper check. But there also are several other ways to pay any tax you owe.

Mailing it in—The old-fashioned payment check is still the favorite payment method for many taxpayers. One of its appeals is that you can write the check, which the tax agency says should be payable to the U.S. Treasury, not the Internal Revenue Service or IRS, as late as April 15, and then stick it in the envelope with your return that you mail at the last minute.

If this is your filing M.O., make sure you put enough postage on the return. If your tax package ...

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