The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has begun to accept credit card payments for debts between $10 and $10,000. The ATO will accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express and will charge a card payment fee of .67% for Visa and Mastercard and 1.02% for American Express.
On a $10,000 payment the fee will be $67 for Visa and Mastercard and $102 for American Express.
The ATO on your receipt will show the debt payment and the card payment fee as separate items, the card payment will be tax deductable.
To make your payment you will need to visit https://www.optussmartpay.com/governmenteasypay-ato/ and have your EFT Code and obviously your credit card.
The EFT Code is normally on your payment slip attached to your Notice of Assessment or Activity Statement.
Any interest charged on your credit card in relation to the ATO debt will be tax deductable
The ATO General Interest Charge for the October to December Qtr 2009 is 10.3% and is a tax deductible payment