Yes. When requesting an Installment Agreement to pay your federal balance over a period of time, you are required to make a payment of at least $25 when you file your return. You should make the maximum payment amount to limit penalty and interest charges.
How do I report my payment when I E-file?
If you are making a payment at the time you file your return, enter the payment amount within the e-file process when asked. For example, if you will be paying $100 when you file, enter $100 on the installment agreement. Then, when you are submitting your return during the e-file process and are asked how much you are paying now, also enter $100.
These numbers need to match, or the IRS will reject your electronic submission.
How do I know if the IRS has accepted my Installment Agreement?
When you make an installment agreement through our program, the IRS will generally respond to your request within 30 days of receipt of your request via mail to let you know if it was accepted or rejected. Once approved, an IRS agent may contact you to request your financial records to verify the amounts you have agreed to pay.
You can view more information regarding this topic by visiting the IRS website here.