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Paying USA income, property or other taxes with a credit card

Old Mar 18, 2016, 8:54 am
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There are three services to pay your U.S. federal taxes: IRS Pay Your Taxes by Debit or Credit Card or Digital Wallet

pay1040.com 1.87% fee on credit (lowered from 1.99% on 01/02/2023). $2.50 flat fee on debit.
payUSAtax.com - 1.82% fee on credit (rate updated 01/03/2024 from 1.85%). $2.20 flat fee on debit.
See this thread about payUSAtax customer service. Many people have reported that they never respond to support requests.
ACI Payments, Inc - 1.98% fee on credit. $2.20 flat fee on debit.

Many states also permit online tax payment; check with your state or this list from MasterCard.

The IRS has a system to view payments, and it's good practice to confirm all payments within a short time frame, so that any rare lost payment issue can be disputed.
Be mindful of time zones if paying on the due date as pay1040.com uses CDT timestamp and payusatax.com uses EDT timestamp.

In general, you're allowed 2 payments per processor above per type of tax (annual and quarterlies being 2 different types, for example). They're not billed as cash advance fees. If 6 payments is not enough to pay your bill you can use a service such as plastiq (2.25% fee). If making multiple payments, it is advised you join here to track your payments link , you will be required to give your banking information and will receive a pin via snail mail
(Confirmed 4/2018 in post #429)

Fees are tax-deductible for C-Corps but not individuals (2018 tax reform eliminated "miscellaneous itemized deductions"). The majority of people will not be able to deduct that expense, check with your accountant.

When making multiple payments at or near your credit limit multiple times, allow yourself 3-5 days between payments for the charge to show up on your card and your bank payment to clear. If you wait until April 15th to make payments, you will only be able to clear the first payment.

Best Credit Cards to use/buy cheap points:
- Any credit card to hit minimum spend and achieve signup bonus or spend thresholds.
- BOA Premium Rewards 2.62% Cashback (Card holder needs to be a Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors member)
- Chase INK Premier 2.5% Cashback on purchases over $5k (Points are not transferable to airline or hotel programs)
- Capital One Venture X 2X Cap One Miles/Points (now transfer to most airline partners at 1:1)
- Amex Blue Business Plus 2X Membership Rewards (capped at $50,000 spend per calendar year)
- Chase United Business Club Card, 1.5X United Miles
- BOA Virgin Atlantic World Elite 1.5X Virgin Atlantic Points
- Chase Freedom Unlimited, 1.5X Ultimate Rewards, paired with a premium card (Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, INK Preferred, INK Plus)
- Chase INK Unlimited, 1.5X Ultimate Rewards, paired with a premium card (Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, INK Preferred, INK Plus)
- Amex Everyday Preferred 1.5X Membership Rewards, (need to make 30 transactions in a month for 50% bonus)
- Amex Business Platinum 1.5X Membership Rewards on purchases over $5K

Big Spend Bonuses:
- Amex Delta Reserve, spend $60k get 30k bonus miles and 30k MQM
- Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, spend $10k get free weekend night, $40k, Platinum Status
- Chase Southwest, spend $135k get Companion Pass (WN points are redeemed at $.011, @ 1.87% fee, you're essentially buying the companion pass for $847)
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Cash Back cards:
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Citi Double Cash 2%

Earn Status/Elite qualifying points:
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Pre-Funding allowed:
Amex Charge Cards

Pre-Funding not-allowed:
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Quarterly tax due dates: the 15th of April, June, September, January


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Paying USA income, property or other taxes with a credit card

Old Apr 29, 2022, 10:33 am
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Anyone know when we can pay second quarter estimates?

I have some SUBs I'd like to knock out.
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Old Apr 29, 2022, 10:44 am
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Originally Posted by josephstern
Anyone know when we can pay second quarter estimates?

I have some SUBs I'd like to knock out.
Right now. Until June 15th. Just search for 'estimated tax deadlines 2022' on the web and it'll come right up.
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Old Apr 29, 2022, 11:04 am
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Originally Posted by josephstern
Anyone know when we can pay second quarter estimates?

I have some SUBs I'd like to knock out.
It doesn't really matter if it's called ES1 or ES2 when you pay. But if you are waiting for the 2 per limit to reset, it probably goes by the dates in their faqs, eg https://www.pay1040.com/TaxPayerTool...ons#question02

  • Form 1040ES Estimated Tax - Tax Year 2021: 01/01/22 - 02/01/22, 7 AM ET
  • Form 1040ES Estimated Tax - Tax Year 2022: 1st Quarter 03/01/22 - 05/15/22, 2nd Quarter 05/15/22 - 07/15/22, 3rd Quarter 07/15/22 - 10/15/22, 4th Quarter 10/15/22 - 01/01/23, 7 AM ET
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Old Apr 29, 2022, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by libralibra
It doesn't really matter if it's called ES1 or ES2 when you pay. But if you are waiting for the 2 per limit to reset, it probably goes by the dates in their faqs, eg https://www.pay1040.com/TaxPayerTool...ons#question02
Yes - thanks. I'm looking for the limit to reset. Interesting that you can still pay your Q1s now, but I guess the IRS just looks at the actual date in the end.

Thanks for the link. Two weeks and I'll go again.
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Old Apr 29, 2022, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeFlyer
In that time frame last year the SP500 went up 11%
What’s the take-home point? (In that time frame in 2020 the SP500 went down 34% and in that time frame this year (thus far) the SP500 is down 14%.

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Originally Posted by josephstern
…Interesting that you can still pay your Q1s now, but I guess the IRS just looks at the actual date in the end...
Agreed, interesting. FWIW, last year (but NOT at Band Camp ) although originally intending to make 4 equal estimated payments by the IRS deadline date, I ended up paying a little less for 2 payments and a little more for the last 2 payments, all still on time, due to a clear majority of my income occurring in the 4th quarter (mutual fund distributions). My accountant ended up calculating that the difference in payments resulted in a small (dreadfully infamous ) Underpayment Penalty.

2022 Form 1040-ES Instructions Payment Due Dates
You can pay all of your estimated tax by April 18, 2022, or in four equal amounts by the dates shown below.
1st payment .. April 18, 2022
2nd payment .. June 15, 2022
3rd payment .. Sept. 15, 2022
4th payment .. Jan. 17, 2023*
* You don’t have to make the payment due January 17, 2023, if you file your 2022 tax return by January 31, 2023, and pay the entire balance due with your return.
(Pay1040.com FAQs) Form 1040ES Estimated Tax - Tax Year 2022: 1st Quarter 03/01/22 - 05/15/22, 2nd Quarter 05/15/22 - 07/15/22, 3rd Quarter 07/15/22 - 10/15/22, 4th Quarter 10/15/22 - 01/01/23, 7 AM ET
Also interesting that these dates allow 3 out of 4 payments to be up to 30 days “late” and require the 4th payment to be 16 days “early”.

FWIW, I made my 4th 2021 estimated payment after 1/1/22 (but prior to the IRS deadline), perhaps Pay1040.com will revise their FAQs.
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Old May 1, 2022, 8:51 am
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when is the paypal 3% card coming out

wondering how long paying taxes for 2% is going to work when it does
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Old May 2, 2022, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by libralibra
It doesn't really matter if it's called ES1 or ES2 when you pay. But if you are waiting for the 2 per limit to reset, it probably goes by the dates in their faqs, eg https://www.pay1040.com/TaxPayerTool...ons#question02
This is strange.
I thought that in order to avoid paying late fees and underpayment penalties that you had to have your estimated taxes in on or before the date required.

In other words, I had to make my first quarter 2022 tax payment by 4/18/22 or face penalties or fees.

Looking at the above quote, that seems to contradict this.

Who is correct? (except the IRS, who is always right )
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Old May 2, 2022, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by radonc1
This is strange.
I thought that in order to avoid paying late fees and underpayment penalties that you had to have your estimated taxes in on or before the date required.

In other words, I had to make my first quarter 2022 tax payment by 4/18/22 or face penalties or fees.

Looking at the above quote, that seems to contradict this.

Who is correct? (except the IRS, who is always right )
Like many/most things in taxes, it's likely an "it depends."

For example, I've not been informed by the IRS or a tax advisor that I have to pay estimated taxes, but when I vest a large number of RSU shares each quarter which I know I'm going to owe taxes on at the end of the year, it's much more convenient to just send them the money quarterly and not worry about whether I "had to" vs. earning that 0.5% on the float that I might have gotten in a HYSA.

(Looking at the rules, it looks like my W2 withholding should have easily hit the safe harbor 100% for the prior year for the past two years, while with the current slide in stock prices it probably won't this year. Regardless, it's still worth the convenience of paying quarterly rather than having to manage the cash for a negligible return.)
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Old May 2, 2022, 12:19 pm
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This is OT, but vesting of options does not create tax liability - taxes become due when you exercise your options. If you do a same day sale when you exercise, your broker (like mine) may automatically subtract income taxes from the proceeds. If you exercise the options but retain the shares in your account, then you may incur tax liability as well.
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Old May 2, 2022, 9:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo
This is OT, but vesting of options does not create tax liability - taxes become due when you exercise your options. If you do a same day sale when you exercise, your broker (like mine) may automatically subtract income taxes from the proceeds. If you exercise the options but retain the shares in your account, then you may incur tax liability as well.
There's some level of "it depends" there (if you do early exercise and didn't file an 83b election, you may be subject to tax at vesting) but in general, that sounds correct.

That said, I haven't gotten ISOs rather than RSUs in over a decade. RSUs have no strike price, and when they vest, you get stock, the full value of which is W-2 income. Some of that is immediately sold to pay your taxes. Unfortunately for almost anyone not in the 22% bracket, that is at the fixed bonus rate which is usually 22% (goes up to 37% over a million, although I believe that is the bonus, not the total W-2 income for the year) - which will be too high for some, too low for others, and often substantially so if some of the RSU issues push you into top tax bracket.

There are a couple of days between when the shares vest (and are sold for taxes, typically the same day) and you can sell shares to cover the rest of taxes or diversify out, during which time you can end up with a short term loss baked in (or a gain, but usually a loss.)
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Old Jun 20, 2022, 5:52 pm
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I have paid my 2022 estimated tax twice via each of the 3 processors (total 6 times) around 6/5/2022. Anyone knows what is the earliest time I can make payment again on PayUSA/ACI/Pay1040 sites as I have some credit card sign-up spending needs to meet asap?

Thanks.
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Old Sep 7, 2022, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by stevento
For those of us with tax bills in tens of thousands, buying $500 GCs is impractical, but $3K AmEx prepaid may be OK.

Does anyone know if AmEx gift cards are classified as debit or credit?
How can Amex gift cards be classified as debit when they don't have a debit PIN function?
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 6:58 am
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For those who pay quarterly, BOA has an interesting promotion for one day only. 2% bonus on all spend on Nov. 5th. If you are Preferred Rewards Platinum member, you'll earn 4.62%. Pay1040 charges 1.87% fee so that's a net of 2.75%. 71 days between Nov 5 and Jan 15 = 14.14%APR. Not bad if you have to pay quarterly anyway.
Details: https://promotions.bankofamerica.com...morerewardsday
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Old Oct 29, 2022, 4:20 pm
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Good spot. Since it falls on a Museums on Us weekend, my BoA Alaska CC will already will out of the sock drawer. But +2x miles doesn't make me want to pay taxes with it.
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Old Oct 30, 2022, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by flyaxa
For those who pay quarterly, BOA has an interesting promotion for one day only. 2% bonus on all spend on Nov. 5th. If you are Preferred Rewards Platinum member, you'll earn 4.62%. Pay1040 charges 1.87% fee so that's a net of 2.75%. 71 days between Nov 5 and Jan 15 = 14.14%APR. Not bad if you have to pay quarterly anyway.
Details: https://promotions.bankofamerica.com...morerewardsday
Thank you for posting. I wonder why I didn't receive any notice?
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