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e-TIDES Payment Methods

E-TIDES allows for ACH Debit payments for Sales, Use and Hotel Occupancy Tax, Employer Withholding Tax, Corporate Taxes, and Liquid Fuels and Fuels Taxes. Other payment options are ACH Credit, Credit/Debit Cards, TeleFile, Certified/Cashier's Check (over $1,000), and Paper Check (less than $1,000) see explanations below.

ACH Debit:

The PA Department of Revenue does not accept International ACH Transactions or (IAT) through this method. All funds must originate from a bank account within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

If you select the ACH Debit payment method, the department will perform a pre-notification test based on the transit routing (ABA) number and bank account number provided. The pre-notification test is an industry safeguard used to verify the accuracy of transit routing (ABA) numbers and bank account numbers before any money is actually transferred.

If you will be using e-TIDES to transmit your tax returns and payments electronically, no telephone call is needed. The system will create your payment for you. For tax types other than Sales, Use and Hotel Occupancy, Employer Withholding, and Corporate Taxes, you may download telephone-reporting instructions to use as an emergency backup method under the Enterprise Maintenance link. For Sales, Use and Hotel Occupancy, Employer Withholding and Corporate Taxes, in an emergency situation where you cannot use e-TIDES to transmit your tax payment, as a backup method, refer to the TeleFile instructions below.

ACH Debit is a quick, convenient way of paying taxes. ACH Debit has a low error rate, file now pay later, requires minimal data to be provided, provides a unique access code and has no taxpayer-related expenses. Before selecting this payment method, you must verify that your financial institution can provide a valid ACH end point for ACH Debit transactions.

Note: Only ACH Debit payments submitted via e-TIDES will be reflected in the e-TIDES View Filing History.

ACH Credit:

If you select the ACH Credit payment method, the department will provide you with the Commonwealth’s bank account number and transit routing (ABA) number established for your electronic payment deposits. This information is provided after you enroll with the department to use this payment method. You should perform a pre-notification test through your financial institution against the Commonwealth’s bank account. The pre-notification will verify the accuracy of the Commonwealth’s bank account information. Pre-notifications are "zero-dollar" transactions that your financial institution will originate for you.

To remit taxes through the ACH Credit payment method, you pay the associated costs. Please check with your financial institution to verify their cut-off time to ensure payment by the tax due date. It is important to work closely with your financial institution to ensure that the required ACH Taxpayer Payment Addendum (TXP) Cash Concentration or Disbursement Plus format (CCD+) information is transmitted with each tax payment. Before selecting this payment method, verify that your financial institution can originate ACH Credit transactions in the CCD+ format. Failure to provide all the TXP information, and provide it in the proper format, may result in the improper and/or untimely application of your tax payment.

ACH Credit Instructions

Credit/Debit Cards  

What credit/debit cards can I use to pay my taxes?

You can use your American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit card to pay your PA Taxes. You may also use a MasterCard or Visa debit card to make payments.

    Credit Cards

    What taxes can I pay by credit/debit card?

    You can pay the following PA Business Taxes:     

    • Sales, Use and Hotel Occupancy Tax return payments for the current period
    • Employer Withholding Tax return and/or deposit statement payments for the current period 
    • Sales, Use and Hotel Occupancy and/or Employer Withholding Tax delinquent payments
    • Liquid Fuels and Fuels Tax return payments
    • Liquid Fuels and Fuels Tax delinquent payments
    • Corporate Tax return payments for the current period
    • Corporate Tax delinquent payments
    • Corporate Tax extension payments
    • Corporate Tax estimated payments
    • Corporate Tax notice payments

 

    You can pay your PA Taxes by phone or over the Internet by using the credit/debit card service provider listed below:

    Official Payments Corp.
    Phone:  1-800-2PAYTAX (1-800-272-9829)
    Internet:  www.officialpayments.com 

***Official Payments Corp. charges a 2.49 percent convenience fee ($1 minimum charge) per credit card transaction. Debit card convenience fees start at $3.95 per transaction.*** 

  • Calculate the fee on a specific amount
    The convenience fee and tax payment will appear as two different charges on your credit card or bank statement.
  • Your payment will be effective on the date you charged it. When your payment is approved, you will be given a confirmation number. Retain this confirmation number as proof of payment. Authorized payments cannot be cancelled.
  • If you want to confirm your transaction, or if you have any questions, please call:
Official Payments Corp.
Customer Service: 1-800-487-4567 

TeleFile

What business taxes can I pay using TeleFile?

Sales and Use, Employer Withholding and Corporate Taxes

Note: All funds must originate from a bank account within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

How do I make a payment using TeleFile?

Use the department's TeleFile system to quickly and easily file Sales and Use, Employer Withholding, and Corporate Taxes, using a touch-tone telephone. The toll-free number is 1-800-748-8299.

Certified/Cashier's Check

Payments that meet or exceed $1,000 must be made electronically or by certified/cashier's check. You must remit a certified or cashier’s check via an express mail delivery service or in person along with the tax documents that are due on or before 4:00 p.m. of the tax due date to the following address:
    PA Department of Revenue
    Bureau of Business Trust Fund Taxes, EFT Unit
    9th Floor Strawberry Square
    Fourth and Walnut Streets
    Harrisburg, PA 17128-0908


Please include the PA Account ID, Entity ID (EIN/SSN), and tax period end date on the certified/cashier's check.

Paper Check

Paper checks may be used for amounts less than $1,000 and must be mailed to the appropriate address for the tax type.

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