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Credit Cards and Taxes

December 13, 2007 | Updated on December 13, 2007
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Credit Card or Home Equity to Pay Your Tax Bill?

With one month left in 2007, it is probably too late to attempt at lowering your income taxes. However, it is never late to think how you will cope with what you have to pay. The idea of paying your tax bill with a credit card is not new but what type credit card is best to make the transaction and what yet another alternative to plastic exists is still an actual issue.

We already know that a credit card is a convenient and effective tool to carry out various financial transactions, be it making purchases online, making electronic money transfer, funding your other bank accounts and even making a deposit into a high-yield saving account. Paying taxes with a credit card is one more, no less significant convenience for practical customers but home equity is still a variant.

Of course, the privilege of paying taxes with a plastic is only available with good and excellent credit cards as they offer most liberal terms and conditions for making a successful transaction. Some customers, who like to get the most out of the deal, opt for a most advantageous rewards credit card that allows them to earn points or cash back while they pay their tax bill.

However, there are some people who, having no cash available, would for some reason prefer home equity to credit cards as a way to pay the income tax bill. We suppose that such an ill-considered step is taken out of the ignorance about the possible consequences of using credit card or taking home equity. Let's mark them.

So, if you do not expect a tax refund this year and will have to pay your due to the IRS, a plastic card can be of great help. More and more customers today are becoming dependable on credit cards and if you do choose to pay taxes with one, a low interest credit card will hit the target just great.

Try to find a low rate credit card with cash back and you will kill two birds with one stone. Not only will you pay your tax as required but will also benefit from the cash back rewards program. Whether you will manage to return the tax amount to your credit card company during the grace period is another question but you'd better collect all your resources to cope with that if you do not like to lose your privileges to rewards or repay with interest.

Well, a credit card debt and a damaged credit rating, no matter how horrifying these may sound, can never be compared to the feeling of despair at losing your home if you fail to pay home equity line of credit.

And it can happen. No one, even a most disciplined and thoughtful person is ever protected from financial failures but these failures are most undesirable when you have home equity. Somehow, not all people are aware of this plain fact and still consider home equity an option.

As the tax season has come, think of the way you are going to pay the tax bill or, what's more important, rethink your decision to do it with home equity.

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