How a business rewards credit card could benefit your business
A business rewards credit card acts in much the same way as a personal rewards credit card but rewards eligible business purchases and tax payments rather than personal purchases – plus they have other advantages too.
A variety of credit card options are available to business owners, and your size, structure and turnover should be considered before making a decision. Tips for choosing a business credit card are offered at the end of this article.
Some businesses opt for a business rewards credit card to get something back in return for business purchases and eligible payments such as government tax. The rewards programs offered with Westpac business credit cards for example, are Westpac’s own Altitude Rewards program and the popular Qantas Business Rewards.
While you can get rewards through personal credit cards too, business rewards cards can feature rewards tailored more to a company’s needs. For example, business flights, hotels and business concierge services to help you make your travel arrangements.
Another key benefit of having a dedicated business rewards credit card is to help separate your business finances from your personal expenditure. This simplifies recordkeeping and reporting, especially around tax time – and with Westpac cards your monthly statements can be downloaded and imported into accounting software.
Without the clutter of personal transactions, a credit card used solely for business purchases can give you a clearer view of your cash flow. Another benefit is that the annual card fee on each of your business cards may be tax deductible. However, you should make your own enquiries about this with your tax adviser.
While some personal credit cards offer complimentary insurance across a range of travel and purchase protections, business rewards credit cards can provide insurance more specific to business circumstances. For example, the insurance provided with most personal credit cards doesn’t cover items bought for business purposes or business travel.
In contrast, the complimentary insurance provided with the Westpac BusinessChoice Rewards Platinum Mastercard®, Altitude Business Gold Mastercard and Altitude Business Platinum Mastercard offer various covers for business specific circumstances including:
Depending on the size of your business, you may need your employees to use your company’s credit card account for day-to-day business purchases and bill payments.
Most personal credit cards only offer one additional cardholder that has access to the full credit limit of the account, whereas our BusinessChoice card accounts allow up to 9 additional cardholders with the ability to assign individual credit limits to each card. This gives you complete control over how much each of your employees can spend on the account.
When making a comparison between business credit card providers, the questions you may wish to ask yourself include:
If lower annual fees are more of a business priority than rewards right now, you might like to consider the Westpac BusinessChoice Everyday Mastercard. It provides the same 55-day interest-free period as our rewards cards, plus complimentary insurance and the option to have up to ten cards for your business.
Westpac offers a choice of business credit cards as well as debit cards linked to transaction accounts – and the one you choose will depend on a number of factors. For a package of rewards, insurance, simplicity at tax time and multiple cards, a business rewards credit card may be the way to go.
1. Government payments (such as tax) attract a lower points earned rate than other eligible purchases; and they exclude government charges. Refer to the terms and conditions for your relevant business credit card for more information.
Westpac’s products are subject to terms, conditions, fees and charges; and certain criteria may apply. Before making a decision, read the disclosure documents for your selected product or service, including the Product Disclosure Statement and T&Cs for Westpac BusinessChoice Rewards Platinum Mastercard®, Altitude Business Gold Mastercard, Altitude Business Platinum Mastercard, BusinessChoice Everyday Mastercard and online banking; and consider if the product is right for you.
The information in this article is general in nature and does not take your objectives, financial situation or needs into account. Consider its appropriateness to these factors; and we recommend you seek independent professional advice about your specific circumstances before making any decisions.
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