Is it possible to pay someone else's federal income tax if you know how much they owe?

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That would be a gift from you to them which may have tax implications of its own. They can theoretically refuse to accept the gift but the IRS is not going to give the money back.

  • What if I don't give the money to them, but send it directly to the IRS? Suppose my friend tells me "I owe the IRS $4,000; i have no idea how I'll pay it," and I mail the IRS a check for $4,000. Is it still a gift to my friend, even though they never actually received the money?
    – Someone
    Jul 6, 2022 at 4:57
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    @Someone of course
    – Dale M
    Jul 6, 2022 at 4:59
  • You'll need to know their Social Security number to in order to properly fill out the form for making an income tax payment. A name and a dollar amount won't cut it.
    – ohwilleke
    Jul 6, 2022 at 20:50
  • @ohwilleke: No problem. We have the Equifax data breach.
    – Joshua
    Jun 18, 2023 at 22:16

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