Cashback/Miles for Income Tax? Here’s How!

Tax season is here! Want to get card rewards like cashback or miles on your tax payment? Here’s how!

IRAS states that they do not accept credit card payments, citing high transaction charges imposed by the credit card companies, and they recommend other methods like paying through GIRO, or via AXS.

Method 1 → AXS

Paying via AXS allows you to use a credit card to pay for your income tax, but AXS transactions have been excluded by virtually every single card one can think of.

A notable workaround would be to top up your Grab using Amex True Cashback or UOB Absolute as both give cashback for Grab top ups. Having earned the cashback, you can then spend your Grab credits on AXS payments, and this includes tax payments to IRAS.

Cards to top up Grab

Get 0.3% cashback on Grab top-ups with the UOB Absolute credit card.

UOB Absolute

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S$350 Cash credits: 
 The first 200 new-to-UOB credit card customers in May 2024 who successfully apply for an eligible UOB Credit Card between 1 May 2024 and 31 May 2024 (both dates inclusive) and spend a min. of S$1,000 per month for 2 consecutive months from their card approval date, will receive S$350 cash credit. Click here for full terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions

10% cashback:
For all new-to-UOB Credit Cardmembers who successfully apply for UOB Absolute Cashback Card by 30 June 2024, enjoy 10% cashback on the transactions charged to your UOB Absolute Cashback Card during your card approval calendar month and the following calendar month. Total bonus cashback is capped at S$100. Full terms and conditions apply.

Get 1.7% cashback on nearly anything excluding Grab top-ups which get 0.3% instead.

Method 2 → Payment services like CardUp

Another method that can give you cashback as well as miles would be to use payment services like CardUp. What happens is that you pay CardUp your tax amount with a credit card, and CardUp will charge you a service fee and transfer the amount to IRAS. You then get rewards on your credit card, provided your card does not exclude such payment services.

Total Charged to Card$1,026
CardUp Gets (Usual 2.6% Fee)$26
IRAS Gets$1,000
You GetCard Rewards

With this method, your rewards must be higher than the service fee in order for it to make sense. As such, you need to use a card with decent earn rates while decreasing the service fee with promo codes.

For mile cards, this would be akin to buying miles, which can often get you business class tickets cheaper than whatever the airline is selling them for.

Talking about promo codes, here are some you can user for payment services:

CardUp

ActivityReward
New user, use this first: sign up and use code SETHISFY Get S$30 off transaction fee ¹

(Free miles/cashback for a payment of about S$1,154!)
New or existing users: use code SETHTAX24Reduced 1.75% fee² for income tax payment
(Visa or China Unionpay only)
New or existing users: use code MCTAX24Reduced 1.99% CardUp fee³ for income tax payment
(Mastercard only)

Tap here for guide

Terms and conditions:

  1. Terms and conditions for SETHISFY
  2. Terms and conditions for SETHTAX24
  3. Terms and conditions for MCTAX24

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Ongoing promo

Activity Reward
New user: sign up hereGet S$30 off transaction fee

(free miles/cashback for a payment of about S$1,333!)
Existing users: code TAX2024Reduced fee of 1.75% for income tax payment with a VISA card. Code can only be redeemed once

After signing up with the link, an email will be sent to you with the code.

Method 3 (2.5, maybe) → Put your income tax on GIRO

When you put your income tax on GIRO, IRAS lets you stretch out the payment for 12 months without interest. This is great for cashflow, and you can actually opt for this, and then pay for your monthly tax payments using either Method 1 or Method 2 described above.

There is a risk of sorts when opting for this, since Methods 1 or 2 might cease to be a thing as the months go by. Grab blocked AXS transactions once before, and though they have since resumed accepting such transactions, who knows if they’d change their minds again.

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