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It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

 
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Employee Writer

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

If you're outside the U.S. and it's already 4/16, set your computer's clock to a US time zone that's before midnight on 4/15 and you should be able to select 4/15.

Otherwise, to pay your IRS taxes on time, select "I will pay by check" (ignore the check payment instructions that follow) and then go to the IRS webpage https://www.irs.gov/payments to pay online.

(revised instructions 4/15/19 at 7:29 PM Mountain)

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Level 1

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

 I am in the US, it is 7:30p CDT, and my computer time is correct.
Employee Writer

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

Hmmm! I see some other users are reporting similar problems - hope it's not an 11th hour bug. Are you trying to pay the IRS? If so, you can forego the payment process in TurboTax and pay directly at their website? <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/payments">https://www.irs.gov/payments</a> (Choose Direct Pay for direct debit). I've used it before, works like a charm.
Level 1

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

So I submit my returns as normal, but say I'm mailing in a check, and then pay online at the IRS site using Direct Debit from my bank account?
Employee Writer

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

Yes, correct (even though you won't be sending a check). Unfortunately there's no option "I'll pay the IRS directly online" but the check one will do. Ignore the instructions to print the 1040-V etc.
Employee Writer

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

by the way, we are investigating this as a bug
Level 1

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

OK - thanks so much!! Way better than having to pay credit card fees or drive to the post office with the check, although I'd rather just do it all in one step. I really appreciate the fast response. Does it make any sense to wait a bit to see if the bug gets fixed?
Employee Writer

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

I wouldn't - but I'm the type that just likes to get things done so I can move onto more  important things (like dinner!) Plus even if it does get fixed in time, what if something else happens like your device freezes or the internet goes down?
Level 1

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

That worked perfectly - THANK YOU!
Level 20

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

Level 1

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

The TT site actually says the payment date needs to be one day later than the filing date. Is 4/16 acceptable if filing on 4/15/? I assume it is since it usually takes few days to process.
Employee Writer

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

If you're outside the U.S. and it's already 4/16, set your computer's clock to a US time zone that's before midnight on 4/15 and you should be able to select 4/15.

Otherwise, to pay your IRS taxes on time, select "I will pay by check" (ignore the check payment instructions that follow) and then go to the IRS webpage https://www.irs.gov/payments to pay online.

(revised instructions 4/15/19 at 7:29 PM Mountain)

Level 20

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

But then it is late, right?
Level 1

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

If you can't put in the 4/15/2019 date on the Direct Debit page, follow the advice from TurboTaxJutta to submit via the IRS website - it worked great for me!
Level 1

It is 4/15/2019, why can't I use the Direct Debit Date of today for paying my balance due? If I put the 4/16/2019 date, won't I be charged interest/penalties?

Which option of payment did you pick when e-filing?