Best Bill & Tax Payment Services That Still Earn You Rewards & Miles In Singapore

Denise Bay

Denise Bay

Last updated 21 December, 2023

 


Every spending situation is unique. SingSaver assembles the 'Best For' list, so you can decide what’s best for you.


How does the ability to earn miles, cashback or rewards points on bills and tax payments sound? Find out the nitty gritty details about charging such payments to your credit card.

As much as the truth hurts, nobody can escape paying their income taxes or bills. With the upcoming income tax season fast approaching, you might be left wondering if such payments can be ‘milked’ in the world of credit card rewards such as cashback, rewards points or miles. 

The good news is that there are ways to make income tax payments, property tax payments, rentals, bills and more with credit cards and yet snag those precious credit card rewards. But of course, most of them warrant processing fees. 

Read on to find out which platforms are available and which one could be your best bet. 


 

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Comparison at a glance: Citi PayAll, SC EasyBill, CardUp and Amex Automatic Bill Payment Service

 
Citi PayAll
SC EasyBill
CardUp
Amex Automatic Bill Payment Service
Supported payments
Income tax
 
Property tax
 
Other IRAS fees and taxes
 
Insurance premium payments
 
Rent and rental deposit
 
Education expenses
 
Utility bills
 
Condominium management fee
 
Miscellaneous expenses (e.g. wedding, renovation, storage, donation or charity, parking and transport, domestic helper service fee etc.)
Income tax
 
Property tax
 
Education institution payments
 
Insurance premium payments
 
Rental payments
Mortgage payments
 
Income tax
 
Property tax
 
Stamp duty, GST, corporate tax
 
Rental payments or deposits
 
Condominium maintenance fee
 
School or tuition fees
 
Insurance premium payments
 
Car loans
 
Electricity bills
 
Miscellaneous expenses (e.g. renovation)
 
Supplier invoice fees
Automatic payment enrollment made to:
  • StarHub
  • Singtel
  • Singapore Recreation Club

Other manual payment enrollment:

  • Netflix
  • Circles.Life
  • MyRepublic
  • PacificLight
  • sembcorp
  • Senoko Energy
  • SP Group
  • M1
Processing fee per transaction
Fee will be disclosed after transaction input and recipient details
Fee varies depending on the type of payment selected. It will be disclosed during application
From 2.25% for all Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay cards, and 2.6% for all American Express Cards
 
(Min. S$3.40 fee for payments below S$130 applies)
N/A 
Ability to make recurring payments
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Types of rewards you can earn
Miles, Citi ThankYou Points or cashback
Cashback, 360° reward points or bonus interest
Miles, rewards points or cashback 
Amex Membership Rewards Points, STAR$®, cashback or KrisFlyer miles

Citi PayAll

Citi PayAll is available to those with Citi credit cards — Citi Rewards Card, Citi Lazada Card, Citi Cash Back Card, Citi Cash Back+ Card, Citi PremierMiles Card, Citi Prestige Card and Citi ULTIMA Card (by invitation only).

Depending on the credit card you hold, you can earn miles, cashback or rewards points on expenses that you normally can’t earn rewards on, such as enrichment fees, school fees, insurance premium payments, income tax, property tax, parking fees, utility bills, wedding expenses, donations and more at a fee. Citi PayAll lets you specify your payment due date(s), too. 

What’s the maximum amount you can transact via Citi PayAll? You may use up to 95% of your available credit limit, subject to maximum permissible monthly limit of:

  • Rent, Education & Miscellaneous: S$30,000
  • Electricity & Condominium Management Fee: S$30,000
  • Insurance: S$200,000

Keen on trying out Citi PayAll during tax seasons? You can apply for Citi PayAll at your own convenience via the Citi Mobile App. Just a heads up, Citi runs promotions from time to time for new and existing Citi PayAll customers, so definitely do a quick research and read the fine print before committing to set up transactions via Citi PayAll.

💡Pro-tip: From 18 October 2023 till 29 February 2024, earn 1.8 miles per dollar (mpd) or 4.5 ThankYou Points / 1.6% cashback or 0.25% cashback on all Citi PayAll payments. However, the admin fee has also been increased to 2.2%. Minimum spend of S$8,000 on Citi PayAll transactions is required via one eligible credit card, capped at S$120,000. T&Cs apply.

The eligible credit cards for each promotional rate are as follows:

 

 


SC EasyBill

SC EasyBill is Standard Chartered Bank’s rendition of Citi PayAll. It lets Standard Chartered credit cardmembers earn cashback, 360° reward points or bonus interest when they make eligible payments to insurance companies, education institutions, IRAS and more through their credit card. Similar to Citi PayAll, the one-time processing fee that applies for each SC EasyBill transaction is non-refundable. 

Standard Chartered Bank says the processing fee is not a fixed amount. It varies according to the SC EasyBill facility chosen during the application process. 

Is anything particularly interesting about the SC EasyBill’s supported payments? Under the ‘Education’ category, fees pertaining to daycare centres, activities like dance, music, cooking, gardening, painting, language and even yoga classes are eligible. Fees related sports activities involving an instructor are eligible, too. 

Our only gripe? There isn’t any option for recurring payments at the moment. This can be inconvenient for those who would like to make monthly SC EasyBill payments for things like insurance premiums, rental payments and educational service-related payments! 

Credit card
Card features & benefits
SCB Simply Cash Card
1.5% unlimited cashback on all spend
 
No min. spend
 
No cap on cashback
SCB Smart Card
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6% cashback on everyday merchants (e.g. fast food merchants, streaming subscriptions, public transport via SimplyGo)
 
No min. spend
 
No annual fee

 

 


CardUp

CardUp is not a bank but it lets individuals and businesses earn credit card rewards when they make payments such as taxes, rents, mortgage payments, miscellaneous payments, payroll and more through their credit card – at a fee. 

For those who are wondering, CardUp accepts all major credit cards. All CardUp payments are eligible to earn the base earn rate of miles, cashback and points so long as users hold one of the major credit cards listed.  

At the moment, however, keep in mind Citibank and AMEX cards cannot be used for mortgage payments. Additionally, HSBC cards and the UOB One card no longer award for CardUp transactions. 

While there’s no separate set-up fee to use CardUp, take note that for most types of payments, the processing fee that applies to each transaction starts from 2.25%. Here’s a quick rundown of the processing fees: 

  • From 2.25% for all Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay cards
  • From 2.6% for all American Express Cards

Also, CardUp runs promotions from time to time. Regardless of the type of payment you are looking to make via the platform — rent, insurance premiums, income tax or even recurring payments in general —  it doesn’t hurt to do a quick search on CardUp’s website to see if there are ongoing promotions or not. 

💡Pro-tip: Use promo code MLTAX23 to pay for your income tax with CardUp for a low fee of only 1.75%. Applicable to both one-off and recurring payments. Must use a Singapore-issued Visa Card. Valid till 31 August 2023. T&Cs apply.

Besides being super transparent about their fees, as a consumer, I appreciate the fact that I can earn rewards on my entire payment made through CardUp, including the processing fee, no less. That’s definitely a unique selling point for CardUp. 

I recommend using your highest general spend credit card to maximise the cashback, miles, or points earned on your CardUp transactions.

 


Amex Automatic Bill Payment Service

American Express Automatic Bill Payment Service is a unique one amongst the crowd: there’s no fee for using the service and American Express customers can look forward to earning cashback, Membership Rewards points, STAR$® or KrisFlyer miles on their bill charges.  

All you have to do is arrange automatic bill payment with your American Express credit card, kick back and enjoy earning those rewards. 

While the American Express Automatic Bill Payment Service is attractive and convenient in and of itself, the number of companies that welcome such regular payments is rather limited at this time. They include: 

  • StarHub
  • Singtel
  • Singapore Recreation Club 

However, these are just the merchants valid for automatic bill payment enrollments. You can still manually enrol other merchants like:

  • Netflix
  • Circles.Life
  • MyRepublic
  • PacificLight
  • sembcorb
  • Senoko Energy
  • SP Group
  • M1

If you are keen on setting up the automatic bill payment service, complete the form and send it back to American Express via post, fax or a secure email. Give it around two to six weeks for your application to be processed.

 


Should you use such services?

The main reason why some would opt to fork out processing fees and charge their bills, insurance premium payments, income taxes and property taxes to their credit cards is because they are chasing credit card rewards, typically miles. These are payments that have to be made anyway, but are not eligible for garnering rewards unlike regular retail transactions. 

Essentially, those who use Citi PayAll, SC EasyBill, or CardUp are paying an extra fee to ‘buy’ miles, cashback or rewards points that could be potentially earned on such payments. It’s definitely convenient; whether or not it’s cost effective, that’s an entirely different story. 

If you choose to go ahead and ‘buy’ your credit card rewards through such means, definitely do your homework and keep an eye out for promotions to bring down the cost of utilising such services.

Read these next:
Best Credit Cards for Paying Utility Bills in Singapore
All You Need To Know About Income Tax In Singapore
Buy Now, Pay Later vs Credit Cards: Which One’s More Dangerous?
Top Credit Card Promotions And Deals On SingSaver
Cashback vs Miles vs Rewards: Which Is The Best Type Of Credit Card For You?

While Denise has a thing for travel, K-dramas, 0% sugar bbt (with boba!), Japanese cuisine and flat white, her curious nature means all sorts of random tabs are open on her phone 24/7. She doesn’t like to pay full price for anything, too.

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