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Does the Georgia Department of Revenue take American Express?

For anyone who lives a little close to the financial edge, realizing that you will not get a tax refund is a real disappointment. Realizing that you must pay either the IRS or the state, though, can be a nightmare. Remember, if you owe, the deadline to pay is April 15. You cannot file with the promise of payment.

The Georgia Department of Revenue has a number of different options, though, that may help you make the payment on time.

In addition to paying by check or money order, an individual taxpayer may pay by credit card. Credit cards, however, can only be used for original returns, not amended returns.

The state accepts all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and, yes, even American Express. Debit cards are also acceptable, as is PayPal's Bill Me Later service.

One caveat: There is a "convenience fee." The payment service is handled by a private company, and the fee covers the costs of the transaction. The site includes a calculator to help taxpayers decide if the fee is too much to handle. For an individual return in Georgia, we noted that the fee for a $100 tax debt worked out to $2.50.

If you pay by check or money order, the state prefers that you use the online form that includes a scanline for the Department of Revenue. The state also prefers that an official form, with scanline, be used for payments when an extension has been requested.

The state does allow installment payments, but only under certain circumstances. If you cannot make a full payment on April 15, you may want to consult with a tax attorney before requesting an installment plan.

Source: Georgia Department of Revenue

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