Multifactor Authentication Now Required for EFTPSPublished:
The U.S. Department of the Treasury provides a free service for making tax payments online using Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). This system allows taxpayers to make income, employment, estimated and excise federal tax payments online. Effective October 19 of this year, Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is required to access EFTPS. This requirement will ensure compliance with Executive Order 14028, requiring all federal agency applications to implement MFA. EFTPS has partnered with two third-party providers Login.gov and ID.me for MFA services. Login.gov is a one-stop government account that can be used to access all participating U.S. government agencies. ID.me is a single provider that meets the government’s authentication requirements.
If you use EFTPS to make tax payments, you will need to create an ID.me or Login.gov account to access moving forward. We have provided steps below for creating an Login.gov account through EFTPS. An ID.me account will also allow you to easily view your federal tax transcripts and access your Social Security account online.
Steps to sign-in with Login.gov:
1. Go to Welcome to EFTPS online
2. Click login.
3. Click on Login.gov
4. Select Create an account.
5. Enter email address, select preferred language, checkbox I read and accept Login.gov rules.
6. Check your email, click confirm email address and it will redirect you to create a password.
7. Select your preferred authentication method:
a. Authentication application
b. Text or voice message
c. Backup codes
d. Security key
e. Government employee ID
8. Depending on the option you choose, it will provide you with a security code.
9. Second authentication method can be setup as a backup but not required. You can it or skip it.
10. Select Agree and continue.
11. It will take you back to the EFTPS login page where you can login with EIN, PIN and password.
For additional questions please contact Greenwalt CPAs at 317-241-2999.