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Are credit card fees tax-deductible?

Get tax deduction on some credit card fees.

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IRS tax rules allow you to get a tax deduction for credit card fees, including the annual fee, cash advance fees, foreign transaction fees and balance transfer fees. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to all credit cards.

Can I tax deduct credit card fees?

If you use your credit card for personal expenses, your card fees aren’t tax-deductible. But if you use your credit card for business expenses — you can get tax deductions on most of your credit card fees. The following fees are tax-deductible:

  • Annual fee
  • Foreign transaction fee
  • Late payment fee
  • Overdraft fees
  • Cash advance fees
  • Balance transfer fees
  • Most other credit card fees

Note: If your business accepts credit card payments, you can get a tax deduction for fees charged by your payment processor.

Paying your taxes electronically can come with a 2% or 3% processing fee. This fee is tax-deductible for both personal and business credit cards.

Criteria for deducting credit card fees

To deduct your credit card fees, you need to:

  • Have a business. A sole proprietorship, a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC) are all eligible to get tax deduction on your business-related credit card purchases.
  • Separate your business expenses. If you use your personal credit card for business purchases, you can’t deduct your entire card’s annual fee because you’ll need to calculate how much money you spend on business purchases as opposed to your personal purchases. To simplify bookkeeping, use a business credit card for your business purchases.
  • Keep good records. This is important, especially if you mix personal and business purchases. With good recordkeeping, you can easily find which fees were incurred on your business-related purchases.

Compare business credit cards

The best way to separate your business from personal expenses is to use a business credit card. You can deduct the card’s annual fee — and apply for a card with a higher annual fee that yields greater rewards.

Bottom line

Most credit card fees incurred on your business-related purchases are tax-deductible. This includes the annual fee, cash advance fees, foreign transaction fees, balance transfer fees and most other credit card fees.

But to simplify accounting and to easily calculate your tax deduction, consider applying for a business credit card.

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