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How to Process Credit Card Payments After Signature Rule Change

How to Process Credit Card Payments After Signature Rule Change

In late 2017 and early 2018, the card brands revealed a major change to their long-held signature requirements for credit card transactions. MasterCard, Discover and Amex announced they would no longer require signatures for magstripe and EMV transactions beginning in April 2018. Visa announced that signatures would still be required in the event of a chargeback dispute for magstripe transactions, but would be optional for EMV. There are a few motivations for this protocol change. The card brands want to reduce payment friction and hope that eliminating a step in the payment process will entice merchants to upgrade to EMV-ready…

Visa Chargeback Rules Changing April 2018

Visa Chargeback Rules Changing April 2018

The payments space is ever evolving, so it should be no surprise that card brand rules change too. Despite the improvements in payment technology, chargebacks aren’t going anywhere. In an effort to streamline the chargeback dispute process, Visa is rolling out a new initiative — the Visa Claims Resolution (VCR) — to reduce time, costs and (hopefully) the number of chargebacks received. The VCR was originally scheduled to roll out in October 2017, but was pushed back to April 2018. If you’re a business owner processing Visa cards, here’s what you should know: The time frame for businesses to…

Visa Increasing Fixed Acquirer Network Fee (FANF) Rates

Visa Increasing Fixed Acquirer Network Fee (FANF) Rates

Visa imposed a monthly fee in July 2012 called the fixed acquirer network fee (FANF) to incentivize businesses to route transactions to Visa. This implementation was a direct result of the Durbin Amendment, and was intended to level the competitive landscape for Visa. The incentive was simple: the more transactions routed to Visa, the lower the cost per transaction. Overall, Visa's acquirer fees would be reduced in aggregate. Let’s go over how a FANF fee is assessed. How Visa Determines the Fixed Acquirer Network Fee Not every business will pay the same amount for the FANF fee, and calculating…

New Visa Transaction Integrity Fee in 2018

New Visa Transaction Integrity Fee in 2018

A new Visa transaction integrity fee will be charged starting April 14, 2018, on any credit transaction that does not meet the custom payment service (CPS) qualification standards. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Amex update their Interchange guidelines biannually in April and October. This fee will be $0.10 per transaction. So, what are the CPS qualification standards, and how can you expect this fee to impact your monthly merchant statements? Visa Transaction Integrity Fee on Non-CPS Transactions As part of Visa’s Interchange guide, the CPS program allows certain low-risk transactions to qualify for a lower processing rate. To qualify,…