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Can I use direct debit to pay the IRS even though I'm not e-filing?

You won't see a direct debit option in TurboTax if you owe IRS taxes and are paper-filing, but you can use the IRS's Direct Pay service, which lets you pay your taxes directly out of your checking or savings account – just like direct debit.

There's no cost for using IRS Direct Pay. Here's what you do:

  1. In TurboTax, select the option Pay bycheck when asked how you want to pay your taxes.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to print a paper copy of your return.
    • Throw out (or better yet, recycle) the 1040-V voucher that prints out. You won't need it.
  3. Go to the IRS Direct Pay site and follow the instructions to submit your payment.

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