Here are the best credit cards for paying off the IRS

April 8, 2016 08:20 AM

The end of tax season is quickly approaching, which means if you’re expecting a hefty tax bill, you likely haven’t filed yet.

While you have a couple options to foot the bill, you may be surprised to learn that paying the IRS with a credit card could be your best bet. Don’t believe us? Here are two perks of paying your IRS bill with a credit card.

Steering clear of IRS fees

While taxpayers who can’t pay their full balance of taxes owed do have the option to set up a payment plan with the IRS, they may not know that they’ll have to pay some fees to get the plan squared away (if they need more time than the 120-day short term agreement). After you agree on a payment plan, the IRS charges $52 for direct debit agreements or $120 for agreements not including direct debiting. In addition, you’ll be charged 3% interest on the balance due until you pay it off.

On the other hand, if you pay the balance in full with a credit card, you’ll have to pay a one-time processing fee — the cheapest one is 1.87% — however, you can avoid paying any interest on your taxes if you use a credit card with a long-term 0% intro APR (assuming you pay the balance off before the standard APR kicks in). Not sure which cards offer longer term intro periods? Here are some of the top-rated options.

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Julie Myhre-Nunes is Director of Content for She joined in 2013 as a writer. She oversees the strategy and production of every piece of content that the company creates, including blog posts, reviews, the newsletter, social media and others.