How to Make Payment Arrangements for State Taxes

If you can't afford to pay your state taxes, setup a payment arrangement.

If you can't afford to pay your state taxes, setup a payment arrangement.

One of the most nerve-wracking duties of being a U.S. permanent resident or citizen is paying income taxes. You are required to pay federal taxes on your income and, unless your state of residence doesn’t impose taxes, you are also obligated to pay the state. Procedures and rules to set up a payment plan are different for each state, although most states offer payment arrangements to taxpayers, although most states will impose interest and other fees on payments made after Tax Day.

Visit and click the link for your state. Click “Leave IRS” to proceed to your state’s department of revenue or taxation.

Click “Individuals” or “Personal” to navigate to the appropriate section of the website.

Locate a link for payment arrangements. Generally, the link is located on the first page of the website or in the help section. For example, the “Can’t Pay on Time” link is listed directly on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue homepage and “Payment Plan Requests” is listed on the first page of the Kansas Department of Revenue Personal Tax website.

Follow your state’s procedure to make payment arrangements or set up a payment plan. Some states require you to complete and submit a form. For the state of Illinois, you must complete Form CPP-1 and for South Carolina, you must complete Form FS-102.


  • To set up a payment arrangement, you must provide your date of birth and Social Security number. Some states also require you to provide your adjusted gross income, which is located on Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.
  • If you can’t locate the link to set up a payment arrangement, click the “Contact Us” link on the website’s homepage. Speak to a representative to determine the proper procedure to set-up payment arrangements.

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