Double Miles for Taxpayers! [Skymiles, Starpoints]

 
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Double Miles for Taxpayers! [Skymiles, Starpoints]

American Express(R) Cards Offer Valuable Rewards for 2002 Tax Payments
Monday February 24, 1:00 pm ET
Delta SkyMiles(R) Credit Card Offers Double SkyMiles; Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card Offers Double Starpoints(SM)


NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- American Express today announced a number of bonus reward opportunities for American Express Cardmembers* who use their Card to pay for their 2002 federal or state income taxes now through April 15, 2003. For example, Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers can earn double SkyMiles® when paying federal income taxes now through April 15, 2003. In addition, Cardmembers can earn one SkyMile for every eligible dollar spent when paying their state income taxes on the Card. Delta SkyMiles can be redeemed online at delta.com for award travel on Delta and its airline partners to hundreds of destinations.
The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card also offers bonus rewards. Cardmembers can earn double Starpoints(SM) on their first $4,000 in federal income taxes when paying their taxes on the Card from March 15, 2003 through April 15, 2003, and single Starpoints on every dollar thereafter. In addition, Starwood Preferred Guest Cardmembers can earn one Starpoint for every eligible dollar spent when paying their state income taxes on the Card. Starpoints can be redeemed for free nights at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, including Westin® Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton® Hotels & Resorts, Four Points® by Sheraton, St. Regis®, Luxury Collection® or W Hotels®, or for airline miles on major carriers with a conversion rate of one Starpoint for one mile with most airline partners.

Any American Express Cardmember can use their Card as payment for federal taxes or state taxes, if they reside in the District of Columbia or one of the 22 states that accept credit card payments. Plus, all American Express Cardmembers* who are part of a rewards program have a variety of opportunities to earn rewards for their tax payments:

-- American Express Cash Rebate Credit Cardmembers can earn cash back
when they use their Card to pay their federal income tax. A Card
member's annual rebate is based on several factors: their annual
spending, where they shop and whether they extend payment.

-- Excludes American Express Corporate Cards. Terms, conditions and
restrictions apply.

-- Hilton HHonors(R) Platinum Credit Cardmembers earn three Hilton
HHonors bonus points when paying their taxes on the Card. Hilton
HHonors points are redeemable in a variety of rewards categories
including free hotel stays, vacation packages, air travel and
merchandise.

-- Cardmembers enrolled in the Membership Rewards(R) program can earn one
point for virtually every dollar spent when paying their taxes.
Points are then redeemable for a wide selection of rewards including
travel and vacation packages, retail merchandise, dining and
entertainment and so much more.


"Consumers are starting to realize they can get something back for tax payments," said Susan Sobbott, senior vice president of loyalty programs for American Express. "American Express Cardmembers can get great returns by using their Card to pay for their taxes. It's easy to earn rewards that can be used toward a relaxing vacation or a much desired item."

Cardmembers, who plan to use the American Express Card this tax season to pay their federal income taxes, can pay their taxes through the Internal Revenue Service's payment processors, Official Payments Corporation®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tier Technologies, (1-800-2PAY-TAX(SM) or online http://www.officialpayments.com ) and Link2Gov (1-888-PAY-1040(SM) or online http://www.pay1040.com (SM)). Taxpayers who pay with plastic will be charged a convenience fee that is set and collected by these payment processors. The convenience fee is based on the amount of the tax bill.

Again this year, taxpayers paying with plastic will have the option of paying any balance due on their taxes (Form 1040), requesting an extension of time to file (Form 4868) or paying their estimated taxes (Form 1040-ES).

Additionally, taxpayers in 22 states have the option of paying their state taxes on their Card: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Depending on the state, Cardmembers can use the Card to pay a variety of personal and business balance due taxes, estimated taxes or file for extensions either by phone or via the Internet. For example, Official Payments Corporation processes real estate and property taxes in more than 1,300 countries and municipalities across the country. Tax rules vary by state and Cardmembers should check with the appropriate state agency, Official Payments Corporation or Link2Gov to determine what taxes can be paid with plastic and whether they can pay online or by telephone.

American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and network services company founded in 1850. It is a world leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel, financial planning, business services, insurance and international banking.

* Excludes American Express Corporate Cards. Terms, conditions and
restrictions apply.


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