Wachovia Merchant Services, a merchant processing joint venture between Wachovia Corp. and First Data Corp., has signed a deal with Link2Gov Corp. to help people and businesses pay taxes and government fees by telephone and through the Internet.

Link2Gov designed the service and delivered the technology, and Wachovia Merchant Services, of Atlanta, is processing the payments, which can be made by credit and offline debit card or electronic check. The Nashville technology company facilitates government-consumer and government-business transactions, such as motor vehicle registration and driver's license renewals; hunting, fishing, boating, and professional licenses; payments for traffic tickets, utilities, and taxes; corporate filings; and building permits.

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