Can I pay the ATO at an AusPost without CC fees?

Hey OzB brains trust,

I have set myself up to expect a tax bill this year which is all accounted for, but am hoping to do the spend on CC to get some points/tick the minimum spend box for a new card.

I know that through the online payment system there are fees to be paid which I'd like to avoid if possible.
It seems another option is to pay over the counter at AusPost via EFTPOS. I don't know if their definition of EFTPOS means savings/debit only?
I'm wondering if anyone here has done this with a Credit Card, or can see why I wouldn't be able to?

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    Terms and Conditions for Post Billpay (at bottom of the page).

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      5.1 You may incur fees and / or charges imposed by Your Biller at the time of making Payment, or on Your next bill, for payment processing costs.

      5.2 If a fee and / or charge is applied at the time of making Your payment, You will be advised of this before the payment is processed and You will have the opportunity to cancel or change the payment before it is processed.

      Not sure if this is specifically what you were referring to, but seems like there's no harm in trying come tax time.

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    Can you pay them in discounted iTunes cards From Costco?

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      If you could, the iTunes cards would probably bounce due to Apples aversion to paying the ATO.

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    "EFTPOS" typically refers to cheque/savings payments only (i.e. not credit).

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      That's my understanding too from a technical point of view, but EFTPOS seems to also be used as a term for general card transactions. As Pikachu said up there, in terms of paying bills via AusPost you can definitely pay with CC - just perhaps not ATO bills… will have to try!

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        While people may use the EFTPOS term in a general sense, it is very much for non credit transactions. If you pay with a credit card, you will get a surcharge.

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    It's unlikely that AusPost will absorb the card payment fee. They'll probably pass it on to you.

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      Yeah but I was thinking(hoping?) perhaps the transactions are separate. I pay AusPost with CC, no fees for the user as per normal. AusPost pays ATO via some other method?

      Hence I was curious to see if anyone else had tried it.

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        Nah AusPost would know from the biller if there are any card charges.

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    AP passes on the charges to the user if paying by MC/VISA.
    Personal experience.

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      Good to know! Thanks for the info.

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      Nope.
      Certain billers do require us to pass a charge on for payments by visa/master (qld dept of transport i believe is the only one off the top of my head).
      But aus post doesnt charge you for paying your bills, some providers will charge you for paying it in a post office though.

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    As far as I'm aware, the only method of payment for ATO bills are through EFTPOS (savings/cheque account), personal cheque or cash.

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    I used to work in Australia Post.
    On some bills that don't take credit cards, the option for credit doesn't show up. If you select EFTPOS and put your credit card it, it won't work either. This was about 3 years ago?