Facing a new competitor in the IRS program this year, Official Payments remains the dominant player in the category for providers of tax payments via credit card. Overall dollars processed in this year’s IRS program were $711 million with OPC capturing 87% of dollars processed. For OPC this was a 22% increase over the year prior. OPC reported yesterday that first quarter revenues of $3.5 million, a 92% increase over last year, with a net loss of $4.3 million compared to a loss of $5.8 million for 1Q/00. On March 31, the company had 807 government clients, compared to 496 on March 31, 2000, a 63% increase over the year prior period. Additionally, the total number of payment services provided on behalf of those clients increased from 628 to 1,287, a 105% increase over the year prior period. OPC’s new competitor is PhoneCharge, Inc. (CF Library 2/13/01; 3/21/01; 4/18/01) For complete details on OPC’s first quarter and prior quarters’ results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).