CardUp now offers a monthly payment option for IRAS income tax, allowing users to pay their NOA in monthly interest-free installments, instead of all at one shot.
This option can be selected on the CardUp dashboard when scheduling an IRAS income tax payment.
Scheduling monthly tax payments via CardUp
In order to set up monthly income tax payments with CardUp, you must first have a GIRO installment plan in place with IRAS.
- Instant online approval is available for DBS/POSB, OCBC, and UOB customers
- Customers of other banks must fill up and mail a GIRO form, which takes up to three weeks to process.
GIRO breaks up your tax due amount into 12 interest-free installments, which you can then pay off via CardUp. Obviously, you’ll need to maintain your GIRO arrangement even after the CardUp payment has been set up.
CardUp Income Tax Payment Promo: 1.75% admin fee
For income tax season, CardUp is currently offering a special admin fee of 1.75% with the promo code MLTAX2021 (full T&C here). Users must schedule their payments with a Singapore-issued Visa or Mastercard by 24 August 2021, with a due date by 27 August 2021.
There is no minimum or maximum payment to use this code, but it can only be redeemed once per user. Therefore, you either:
- Make one lump sum payment towards your tax due amount with a 1.75% fee (MLTAX2021) [despite what it says on the CardUp dashboard, you can make an ad-hoc payment of any amount up to your NOA outstanding]
- Pay your tax using the monthly option, with a 1.75% fee (MLTAX2021) on the first payment and a 2.25% fee (GET225) on subsequent payments
|💡 Further discount for large payments|
|If your tax bill is at least S$30,000, you can write to CardUp and get a special promo code entitling you to a fee of 1.7% instead. A Visa card must be used for payment.|
To illustrate, suppose my income tax bill is S$16,000, paid under a GIRO plan (S$1,333.33 per month). I make a lump sum CardUp payment of S$5,000 in May with a 1.75% fee (MLTAX2021), then pay the rest through CardUp’s monthly payment feature with a 2.25% fee (GET225).
My payment schedule would look like this:
|Amount Due||CardUp||Net GIRO|
There’s no deduction from my GIRO, because I’m always “ahead of my obligations”- the cumulative amount I’ve paid through CardUp is always more than the amount that’s come due. Remember: GIRO is only triggered to cover the difference when the amount paid to date is less than the amount due. For example, as of November 2021, 7/12 of my tax bill (S$9,333) is due. At that point, I’ve paid S$11,000 via CardUp, so there’s no GIRO triggered.
But suppose the same scenario, only this time I choose to make an S$800 monthly payment with CardUp (maybe I don’t need that many miles). In that case, my payment schedule would look like this:
|Amount Due||CardUp||Net GIRO|
What’s the cost per mile?
With the discounted admin fee, here’s how much buying miles will cost with the following Visa and Mastercard credit cards:
|Card||Miles per S$1||Cost Per Mile
|Cost Per Mile
(Premier, PPC, BOS)
|SCB Visa Infinite||1.41||1.23||1.57|
|UOB PRVI Miles Visa or Mastercard||1.4||1.23
|UOB Visa Infinite Metal||1.4||1.23
|SCB X Card||1.2||1.43||1.83|
|DBS Altitude Visa||1.2||1.43
|BOC Elite Miles||1.0||1.72||2.2|
|1. With minimum S$2K spend per statement month, otherwise 1.0 mpd
|❓ A list of all the cards that offer miles and points for CardUp payments can be found here. Broadly speaking, any general spending card will earn points with CardUp (except HSBC). There are no 10X opportunities, however, so don’t use cards like the Citi Rewards or DBS Woman’s World Card.|
CardUp’s 1.75% offer is currently the most competitive on the market for the vast majority of cards. However, if you have a Standard Chartered Visa Infinite, it’s possible to buy miles at just 1.14 cents each via the card’s tax payment facility.
It’s great to see CardUp finally add a monthly payment option, but users will need to weigh the cashflow benefits of paying tax in monthly installments versus the higher admin fee involved (compared to making a lump sum payment with CardUp’s income tax promotion).
Don’t forget to schedule your tax payments by 24 August 2021 to take advantage of the 1.75% promotion.
Any questions about CardUp payments should be sent to [email protected]