FANF (Fixed Acquirer Network Fee) Explained

Trying to budget for credit card transaction fees is tough. It’s tempting to think that it could be a lot easier – a flat fee or percentage would seem to do the trick. If your business processes Visa card payments, however, you’re probably somewhat familiar with the seemingly unpredictable FANF fee that appears on a monthly basis. The reason it seems to vary so wildly is because the FANF fee is calculated based on a number of details about your business as well as the nominal dollar amount of visa transactions every month. This article is intended to help you understand the Visa FANF fee and provides a step-by-step process for calculating your monthly FANF bill. What is FANF? FANF stands for Fixed Acquirer Network Fee. That is a fancy way of saying, “the cost of taking money from Visa cardholders for you.” The idea behind Visa FANF is that it’s a set fee that…

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What Is a Convenience Fee?

In a world where almost all money is in digital bank accounts, paying with a card is a matter of course, and yet a large number of stores and restaurants charge an extra fee to any guest who pays in the most practical manner. This is called a convenience fee and is charged because the businesses think it will save them money. What most don’t realize is that the pittance they are collecting from each card paying customers isn’t worth the annoyance most customers feel for being discouraged from using their primary payment method. Everything is bought with cards now. Even vending machines have card readers so why are businesses still pretending that paying with cash or check are the ‘normal’ ways? The Cost of Processing The reason that many venues charge a convenience fee is because the bank and processor service both take a small percentage from each credit…

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Per Location Fee

What is The MasterCard Per Location Fee?

A Merchant Location Fee is an assessment fee imposed by MasterCard for each business location accepting MasterCard. The fee is charged to credit card processors, who in turn charge your business. Early information about the location fee indicated that it will be assessed based on the number of locations a business has at the end of the fourth quarter in 2016. Unlike interchange charges, the card brands post little information about the assessments they charge. How is the location fee assessed? This new fee is assessed directly by MasterCard and is not being assessed by payment processors. It’s likely that most payment providers will pass along the fee. Many actually charge more for the fee itself. There are some exclusions to the fee: If you process less than $200 USD per month in MasterCard volume If your MCC code is 8398 or 8661** Any location that accepts MasterCard, online or in-store…

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Overpaying for Payment Processing

Three Ways to Tell if You’re Paying Too Much For Credit Card Processing

Many businesses overpay for their credit card processing, possibly without even realizing it. So how do you know if you are paying too much? There are three major ways to tell if you’re overpaying. The first one is to look for the word “non-qualified” on your monthly billing statement. If you see that word, there’s a good chance you’ve been paying too much. “Non-qualified” is associated with the tiered pricing model, in which case processors can randomly choose which transactions they want to charge you more for, not based on any legitimate reasoning. If you want to lower your costs, you should switch to a processing company that uses interchange plus pricing instead. This kind of pricing structure distinguishes between different components and allows for more transparency in the reporting. Compared with tiered pricing, it usually leads to lower costs for merchants. If you are using a flat rate processor,…

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Understanding Credit Card Statement Fees

Merchant 101: Understanding Credit Card Statement Fees

If you’re like many merchants, your credit card statement can feel like it’s written in a foreign language. However, credit card processing is one of your largest business expenses, so it’s important to know what these fees mean, and that you’re being charged fairly. Tidal is committed to complete transparency, so we’ll explain the common fees here and tell you when to beware. We’ll also give you a free, no-obligation statement analysis so you can see how Tidal helps you save. Card Association Fees These are standard fees charged by each card association. They are “set in stone” and should be passed through to you with no additional markup. Remember, there is nothing a processor can do to save you money on these fees. If they’re charging you less, they’re making up the difference somewhere else. Since many of these fees are just a fraction of a penny, some processors…

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