By investing in P2P platforms when strong cashback offers are available, you increase your chances of generating significant positive returns in the first year of account opening.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of the best P2P cashback deals (which previously ranged between 5-10% of investment value) have been pulled from the market or reduced. We expect a number of these companies to re-establish their incentive schemes once normal market conditions return. More than ever, it’s important to not make investment decisions on the basis of cashback alone. You need to be comfortable with the investment proposition.

One of my favourite P2P lending platforms, Loanpad, is still offering £50 cashback for a £5,000 investment (1.0%) or £100 cashback for a £10,000 investment. My other favourite platforms include Kuflink (still offering cashback of £25 for investments of £1,000, rising to £4,000 for investments of £100,000) and Assetz Capital (cashback scheme currently paused).

See the table below for a full list of current P2P cashback offers:

PlatformInvestment required (£)Cashback (£)Cashback (as % of min. investment)Sign-up link
Loanpad5,000 / 10,00050 / 1001.0% / 1.0%Referral link
Kuflink1,000 / 5,000 / 25,000 / 50,000 / 100,00025 / 150 / 875 / 1975 / 4000 (capped)2.5% / 3.0% / 3.5% / 3.75% / 4.0%Referral link
Property Partner2,000 / 10,000 / 20,000 / 50,00030 / 150 / 300 / 7501.5%Referral link
Lending Works1,000505%Referral link
Rebuilding Society1,000252.5%Referral link

Peer-to-peer lending platforms with no current cashback offers are listed below:

PlatformReview linkReferral link
Assetz Capital (Temporarily paused as a result of Coronavirus)Assetz CapitalReferral link
Funding Circle (New lending currently paused)Funding CircleReferral link

How long do you typically have to wait to receive P2P cashback?

Most platforms will require you to remain invested for a period of at least 1 year. There are exceptions to the rule. For example, when I originally signed up with Kuflink and Funding Circle – both issued the relevant cashback within a month. Terms change from time to time, so we would advise checking that you are happy with the holding period prior to investing.

Is P2P cashback guaranteed?

Provided the platform you are investing in remains in business, you should receive the cashback advertised. When you use normal cashback websites such as Quidco or TopCashback, your transaction needs to be successfully tracked in order to receive payment. However, the referral links on this website simply direct you to the P2P platforms website. Cashback is paid to you by the P2P platforms rather than via third party, removing the risk of non-payment.

Why do P2P platforms offer cashback?

Most frequently, it’s simply a sensible use of marketing budget. Cashback offers attract new investors who wish to generate strong returns on their investment. Many platforms, both new and old, offer cashback as a way of increasing the level of funds under management.

Should I invest based on peer to peer lending cashback offers alone?

No, you should never invest solely based on cashback offers alone. You need to ask yourself whether you would be comfortable investing if the offer was not available. If you would be happy to invest anyway then consider the cashback an extra bonus.

When I first started investing in peer to peer lending, I researched the various platforms and made a list of those I felt most comfortable investing in. I then narrowed down that list based on the best cashback offers available at the time.

Is P2P cashback taxable by HMRC?

At the time of writing, government guidelines state that P2P cashback received by the referred individual is not subject to income tax.

Is P2P lending a good investment?

In my opinion, P2P lending provides a good alternative investment option to supplement a wider investment portfolio which also includes share and bond investments. When thinking about making investments in P2P lending, I believe that it’s important to diversify not only across many different loans, but also across numerous platforms.

There are so many P2P platforms operating in the UK, some of which I deem good investment opportunities, and some bad. I created this website to provide genuine, unbiased reviews of the P2P platforms where I hold an investment. Unlike other peer to peer lending review websites – I have already put my money where my mouth is.

Having said all that, nothing I say here should be construed as financial advice. All comments are based on my opinions only and do not represent personal financial advice as I am not privy to your own financial situation. Before investing in P2P lending, you need to consider and fully understand the associated risks and potential rewards.