Paying Taxes By Credit Card!

Updated: Jul 10, 2018

Those that are Self Employed or those not having enough withheld from their paycheck can pay their taxes by credit card.

First off – the main caveat - and a mandatory disclaimer: you should only consider paying taxes with a credit card if you pay your card balances in full every month. If you do that, this is the article for you and you can actually make a profit! So read on.


You don’t have to worry about filling out a form 1040-ES correctly, mailing a check in and making sure it does not get lost, or posted to the wrong account or year! Paying by credit card is a seamless process.

Some credit cards will get you more than the processing fee of 1.87%. There are cards that will even get you up to 3%!

Of course the biggest benefit is the fact that you can open a card with a large signup bonus such as Chase Ink Plus or AMEX Platinum Business and don't worry about the minimum spend requirements since Uncle Sam will take care of it - and the sign up bonus is TAX FREE!"

For Business tax payments the fees are tax deductible so effectively the fee rate is even less than 1.87%!

Fee table:

Choose your Payment Processor

Bottom line:

If you pay your card balances in full, paying your taxes with a credit card can result in a profit.

Oh, and by the way, this opportunity is another great reason (among many) why it’s better to owe on your taxes then receive a refund.