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Should You Pay Your Taxes With a Credit Card?

It's important to pay your taxes to avoid interest and penalties. But using a credit card can be costly as well. What's the best move for cash-strapped taxpayers this month?

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, runs through the pros and cons of using a credit card. Dan notes that not paying the IRS incurs underpayment interest of 3% annually plus a 1/2% monthly failure-to-pay penalty. Yet Dan also notes that credit card payment fees range from 1.87% to 2.35% upfront, not including the interest charges you might have to pay on your card. As a result, Dan concludes that in some cases, not paying might actually cost less than using a credit card, but you have to be careful in navigating the IRS's ability to collect taxes. 

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Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on Fool.com. With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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