How to apply for a credit card when you’re self-employed
Am I eligible to apply for a credit card if I am self-employed?
If you’re self-employed, you can still apply for most credit cards, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. However, you may be required to submit some different documents than you would if you were, say, retired or employed by a company. Here’s a summary of the providers who accept self-employed applicants and the documents you’ll need to provide to increase your chances of approval.
Self-employed: Yes. If you’re self employed, you have to show your two most recent Notice of Assessments from the tax office. You’re also required to provide information about your other income, assets, ongoing expenses and liabilities.
Self-employed: Yes. If self employed, you’ll need to provide your accountant's name and contact details as well as details of your income, assets and liabilities. This is where your most recent tax return statement would come in handy.
Self-employed: Yes. You’ll need to provide 2 of your most recent income tax returns, or two of your most recent Notices of Assessment and 2 of the most recent business/company tax returns or two most recent business/company profit and loss statements. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements and provide the supporting documents, you should have no trouble applying.
Self-employed: Yes. You’ll need to provide your Notice of Assessment for the previous financial year. If you haven’t got that, then you’ll need to provide a tax return that shows your individual taxable income prepared by your accountant. If you haven’t been self-employed for a full year, you’ll need a letter from your accountant detailing the personal taxable income for the time you’ve been self-employed.
Self-employed: Yes. You’ll need to submit your ABN and the title of your business. You’ll also need to provide two appropriate documents such as your most recent tax return, ABN registration certificate, trade or qualification certification, projected income statement from the accountant or tax return from before you were self-employed.
Self-employed: Yes. Notice of Assessment for the previous financial year is required. If you haven’t got that, then the next document is a tax return, which shows your individual taxable income prepared by your account. If you’re not self-employed for a full year, you’ll need a letter from your accountant detailing the personal taxable income for the time you’ve been self-employed.
Self-employed: Yes. If you’re self-employed, you need to provide a recent tax statement or payslip. If you’ve been self-employed for less than 2 years, you’ll also need to provide information of your income before then. You’ll also need to provide your accountant’s name and contact details.
As Virgin Money credit cards are issued by Citi, they follow the same rules as the bank.
Self-employed: Yes. You’ll need to provide 2 of your most recent income tax returns or 2 of your most recent Notices of Assessment and two of the most recent business/company tax returns or the 2 most recent business/company profit and loss statements. So long as you meet the eligibility requirements and provide the supporting documents, you should have no trouble applying.
Self-employed: Yes. If you are self employed, you need to provide your last 2 tax returns as proof of income to apply for a credit card. If you’ve been self-employed for less than a year, your best option is to visit a St.George branch so they can do an assessment and run through your options.
Self-employed: Yes. You’ll need to detail your trading name and trading address and provide your most recent tax statement.
Mistakes to avoid
Applying without researching
If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to provide additional documents and meet special eligibility requirements to receive approval. Rejected applications will have a negative impact on your credit file, so you want to conduct the necessary research to improve your chances of approval in the first place.
If you’re unsure of what you need to provide, see the relevant product disclosure statement (PDS) or contact the provider to confirm the terms and conditions you’ll need to meet.
If you’ve applied for a card and been rejected, don’t apply for another one straight away, as this will put a dent in your credit file. Instead, do some research to establish why you weren’t accepted. If you didn’t have all of the correct documents, make sure you have all of the most recent versions of them when you apply again in a few months. If you were rejected because of your credit history, you can start improving your credit file to increase your chances of approval next time. Learn how to improve your credit score here.
If you’re self-employed, you should have no trouble applying for a credit card as long as you prepare beforehand. If you follow this guide, ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and organise the necessary documents, you should have no trouble applying for a credit card.
Applying for a credit card shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes, but the process will go even smoother if you know what information you need to provide and the eligibility requirements you need to meet.
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