errors that get miskeyed at banks and by Treasury personnel transcribing payment information from tax coupons and paper checks.

Users' transactions are processed overnight if paid by debit account, or on the date they specify if they choose to push a credit from their bank. The EFTPS has no debit service charge -- the program is free.

"When you are paying your taxes by mail, or with a paper coupon, there is always the possibility that it will not arrive to us, or information will not get to the IRS on time," Grippo said. "One of the key statistics about EFTPS is that a taxpayer is 31 times less likely to be assessed a penalty for error or late payment."

Simplify is evangelizing through several channels -- paid media advertisements, tax preparer associations and other professional organizations, conferences, direct mail and e-mail.

To enroll, visit the EFTPS Web site.

Andy Opsahl  | 

Andy Opsahl is a former staff writer and features editor for Government Technology magazine.