The State Board of Equalization announced Monday a new service that taxpayers can use to pay their sales and use tax. Starting March 1, 1998, taxpayers will be able to make their sales and use tax payments using credit cards issued by NOVUS (for example the NOVUS/Discover card). The following conditions apply
— NOVUS will charge a fee of $4 to $18 per transaction, depending on the amount charged.
— You may charge only the taxes that are due with your sales and use tax return, including prepayment forms.
— You may not charge tax liabilities for which you have been billed by the Board.
— You may not charge your tax payment if you are required to pay by electronic funds transfer (EFT).
— Other credits cards are not being accepted at this time.
To charge your sales and use tax return payment
1. First, complete your return or prepayment form to determine how much tax is due.
2. Then using your touch-tone telephone, call toll-free at 800/477-4141 and follow the recorded instructions. Have your return or prepayment form containing your seller’s permit number available when you call. At the end of your call, you will be asked to authorize or cancel your transaction.
3. After authorizing the payment and receiving your confirmation number, check the box on your return or prepayment form indicating you have paid by credit card.
4. Sign and mail your completed return or prepayment form in the envelope enclosed with your return.
If you have any questions about this new service, please call the Board’s Information Center at 800/400-7115. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding State holidays.Details