Saturday, April 23, 2016

IRS Offers New Cash Payment Option

IRS Offers New Cash Payment Option
The Internal Revenue Service recently announced a new payment option for individual taxpayers who need to pay their taxes with cash. In partnership with ACI Worldwide's and the PayNearMe Company, individuals can now make a payment without the need of a bank account or credit card at over 7,000 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

"We continue to look for new ways to provide services for our taxpayers. Taxpayers have many options to pay their tax bills by direct debit, a check or a credit card, but this provides a new way for people who can only pay their taxes in cash without having to travel to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Individuals wishing to take advantage of this payment option should visit the paymentspage, select the cash option in the other ways you can pay section and follow the instructions:

  • Taxpayers will receive an email from confirming their information.
  • Once the IRS has verified the information, PayNearMe sends the taxpayer an email with a link to the payment code and instructions.
  • Individuals may print the payment code provided or send it to their smart phone, along with a list of the closest 7-Eleven stores.
  • The retail store provides a receipt after accepting the cash and the payment usually posts to the taxpayer's account within two business days.
  • There is a $1,000 payment limit per day and a $3.99 fee per payment.
Because PayNearMe involves a three-step process, the IRS urges taxpayers choosing this option to start the process well ahead of the tax deadline to avoid interest and penalty charges.

The IRS has been partnering with Official Payments since 1999 for taxpayers wanting to use a credit card to pay taxes.

In this new option, PayNearMe is currently available at participating 7-Eleven stores in 34 states. Most stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,. For details about PayNearMe, the IRS offers a list of frequently asked questions on

The IRS reminds individuals without the need to pay in cash that IRS Direct Pay offers the fastest and easiest way to pay the taxes they owe. Available at, this free, secure online tool allows taxpayers to pay their income tax directly from a checking or savings account without any fees or pre-registration.

Click here for more information about the new IRS payment option.

IRS removes Cuba from list of countries with foreign tax restrictions

IRS removes Cuba from list of countries with foreign tax restrictions
The IRS has removed Cuba from the so-called “IRC §901 blacklist” of foreign countries from which US taxpayers may not be entitled to a foreign tax credit. Removal of Cuba from this list means that US taxpayers are now entitled to the benefit of a foreign tax credit to any income attributable to Cuba. Income earned in Cuba through a controlled foreign corporation will no longer be Subpart F income barred from deferral treatment under IRC §952(a)(5).

The restrictions are lifted as of December 21, 2015, based upon certification by the Secretary of State that Cuba is no longer a country described in IRC §901(j)(2)(A). That section applies to any country with whom the US does not maintain diplomatic relations or that is designated by the State Department as a country that supports international terrorism.