Survey: Tax Paying Statistics
Few Taxpayers Will Use Credit Cards to Pay Their Taxes
Although a number of third-party companies are now offering to let taxpayers settle their tax bills with credit cards instead of cash, a CreditDonkey.com survey suggests that this is an idea whose time has not yet come.
Of those respondents who expect to owe additional taxes on their 2012 income (12.4%), only 21 people plan to pay with plastic
The downside of paying taxes with a credit card is the ‘convenience fee’, ranging from 1.88% to 2.35%, that the companies charge to process tax payments with a credit card. Still, many taxpayers who owe more than they expected might have little choice but to use their card and take their time paying back the taxman.
Almost 77% of the survey respondents who think they’ll owe money to the IRS plan to settle that bill with a single cash payment, even though 60.1% are aware of the installment options for tax payments and 52.1% realize they could pay with a credit card. Only 23.2% of those owing taxes plan to take advantage of any type of installment plan.
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Of the poll’s “lucky” respondents (those expecting refunds), most already have plans for the anticipated windfalls:
56.1% plan to put the money away for a “rainy day.” Among the savers, 8% will set aside the money for retirement, 17.3% will put it toward a college fund, 24.6% will save for a big purchase, and 50.1% will put the money into an emergency fund.
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Among those who plan to spend the refund, 13.7% will use it for a vacation, 8.5% for home improvements, 23.6% for a big purchase, and 54.2% for paying down their debt.
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44.1% of those surveyed expect a refund of less than $500, 15.8% anticipate a refund of $500 to $999, 13.8% expect $1,000 to $1,999, and 13.9% plan to receive a check for more than $2,000.
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If you do owe taxes, there are ways to cut your losses – and even come out a little ahead.
If you have a credit card that requires a high spending minimum to qualify for extra bonus points, a high tax bill could easily cover that amount. You could also pay with a new card that offers a 0% introductory APR for a set period. That way, in exchange for the convenience fee, you’ll receive some interest-free breathing room for a while.
From January 15 to January 22, 2013, CreditDonkey surveyed 1,109 people on the subject of personal income taxes.
Charles Tran is the founder of CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website. Write to Charles Tran at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our data-driven analysis has been recognized by major news outlets across the country and has helped families make savvy financial and lifestyle decisions.