When will I receive American Express deposits?

American Express merchant services deposits are now faster. As of April 2021, merchants see deposits the next business day after the transactions are submitted Monday through Friday. As of October 2020, merchants are receiving separate payment deposits for Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Monday to help simplify payment reconciliation.

American Express receipts for small businesses now appear on merchant statements with other credit cards, depending on when the merchant account opened. Older merchant accounts that did not sign up for the new program, merchants that prefer separate, and those that do not meet the maximum processing limits receive separate statements from American Express instead of their acquirer.

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EMVCo Publishes EMV® 3-D Secure UI/UX Guidelines

New interactive online resource to help card issuers, merchants and solution providers optimise the EMV® 3DS payment authentication experience for e-commerce consumers.


16 August 2021 – Global technical body EMVCo has published EMV® 3-D Secure (EMV 3DS) UI/UX Design Guidelines to help card issuers, banks, merchants and solution providers optimise the EMV 3DS payment authentication experience for e-commerce consumers. The guidelines are publicly available on the EMVCo website in an easy-to-use interactive format.
In e-commerce purchases where EMV 3DS solutions are used, EMV 3DS user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design refers to the look and feel of the screen that consumers interact with on their device during authentication with their card issuer. This includes how visual components (e.g., logo, colour, iconography, etc.) are displayed in various device layouts, and how information is presented and communicated to guide them through the steps for verifying that they are the legitimate cardholder.
According to an EMVCo-commissioned global market research study1, consistent, familiar and efficient EMV 3DS UI/UX design is key to instilling consumer trust in the authentication process and optimising the checkout experience during shopping. The new guidelines are designed specifically to help card issuers, merchants and EMV 3DS solution providers achieve this objective and deploy user interfaces for EMV 3DS authentication that support a secure and seamless e-commerce checkout experience.
“Authenticating the individual making the payment continues to be key in the fight against e-commerce fraud. The EMV 3DS UI/UX Guidelines support the consistent implementation of EMV 3DS for fraud prevention to deliver an efficient and trusted e-commerce consumer experience, which benefits the entire payment ecosystem,” said Robin Trickel, EMVCo Executive Committee Chair.
The EMV 3DS UI/UX Guidelines are supplemental to the EMV 3-D Secure User Interface Templates, Requirements, and Guidelines chapter in the EMV 3DS Protocol and Core Functions Specification.
1 Methodology: Qualitative and quantitative usability study conducted in 2019-2020. Featured surveys with 650+ participants in UK, Brazil, China, France, Singapore and the U.S.


To learn more, view the EMV Insights post: Optimising the EMV 3DS Payment Experience: UI/UX Design Guidelines.
About EMV 3DS
EMV 3DS is a fraud prevention technology that enables consumer authentication, without adding unnecessary friction to the payment process that often leads to abandoned purchases. The EMV 3DS Specification provides a common set of requirements product providers can use to integrate this technology into their solutions to support seamless and secure e-commerce payments. View the EMV 3DS Press Kit to learn more.

Massachusetts credit card surcharge bill repeals ban

Massachusetts joins other states that still have a credit card surcharge ban on the books, with a bill to repeal. Since the 2017 US Supreme Court ruling regarding the NY case that it regulates speech, every state with a surcharge has repealed, introduced a bill to repeal, has already lost a case in court, or is in the process thereof. This is especially good news for B2B companies.

Massachusetts Senate and House are both in agreement with the February 2021 bill and it is now in committee with status “arrived” as of April 13, 2021.

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD2907.Html

https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J17/192/Bills/asc/EntityNumber/?current=True&pageNumber=9

Colorado also has a bill pending. The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas approved a part of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in an action concerning whether a state statute that bans credit card surcharges violates the First Amendment.

Many in the legal and credit card processing community support B2B merchants can surcharge in all states and that the regulations only apply to consumers. Numerous court cases have resulted in positive results for plaintiffs.

Does your company want to surcharge? Call Christine Speedy right now at 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET for a compliant solution. Please share your surcharge insights for others and ask any questions below. The information herein is based upon public information available at the time written and may change.

Colorado introduces bill to change credit card surcharge law in 2021

Can merchants surcharge in Colorado in 2021? A pending bill may make it possible for all merchants in 2021 or 2022. The current law says a seller, lessor, or company issuing a credit or charge card is prohibited from imposing a surcharge against a person who elects to pay for a sales or lease transaction by using a credit or charge card.

5-2-212. Surcharges on credit transactions – prohibition

(1) Except as otherwise provided in sections 24-19.5-103 (3) and 29-11.5-103 (3), C.R.S., no seller or lessor in any sales or lease transaction or any company issuing credit or charge cards may impose a surcharge on a holder who elects to use a credit or charge card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or similar means. A surcharge is any additional amount imposed at the time of the sales or lease transaction by the merchant, seller, or lessor that increases the charge to the buyer or lessee for the privilege of using a credit or charge card. For purposes of this section, charge card includes those cards pursuant to which unpaid balances are payable on demand.(2) A discount offered by a seller or lessor for the purpose of inducing payment by cash, check, or other means not involving the use of a seller or lender credit card shall not constitute a finance charge if such discount is offered to all prospective buyers and its availability is disclosed to all prospective buyers clearly and conspicuously in accordance with regulations of the administrator.

The proposed bill:

  • Repeals the prohibition; and
  • Limits the maximum surcharge amount per transaction to 2% of the total cost to the buyer for the sales or lease transaction or the merchant discount fee , which is defined as the actual fee that a seller or lessor (merchant) pays its processor or service provider to process the transaction .

Summary: A merchant is required to display notice regarding the surcharge on the merchant’s premises or, for online purchases, before an online customer’s completion of the sales or lease transaction.The bill prohibits applying the surcharge on debit or gift cards. If a merchant imposes a surcharge in violation of the bill, an individual consumer aggrieved by the violation may seek enforcement of the violation as an excess charge under the “Uniform Consumer Credit Code – Remedies and Penalties”.

In my opinion, this is a great start, however, BILL 21-091 conflicts with card network rules allowing charge up to 4% IF that’s actual cost. If merchants sell in multiple states, the 2% Colorado cap presents a challenge if the merchant average cost is higher. Most merchants will be forced to collect less for all states due to technology limitations, whereby they can only specify one rate and cannot distinguish by state.

Also, it could be interpreted that surcharge must be actual cost for EACH transaction vs avg, which few businesses have technology capability. The bill would be better if it just revoked surcharge ban, requiring businesses comply with card network rules.

  • https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-091
  • https://3dmerchant.com/blog/merchant-bulletins-downloads.

Call now for current information specific to your situation. Neither Christine Speedy nor this web site provide legal advice. Consult an attorney for all your legal questions.

Does your company want to surcharge? Call Christine Speedy right now at 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET for a compliant solution. Please share your surcharge insights for others and ask any questions below. The information herein is based upon public information available at the time written and may change.

US Court rules Kansas credit card surcharge ban unconstitutional

Kansas has prohibited surcharging for decades, but a February 25, 2021 successful challenge changes that. Like many other states that had old statutes regarding surcharging, courts are ruling in favor of plaintiff’s. The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas a part of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in an action concerning whether a state statute that bans credit card surcharges violates the First Amendment.

EXCERPT: “As aptly stated by Judge Tjoflat in Dana’s R.R. Supply v. Atty. Gen., Fla., 807 F.3d 1235, 1239 (11th Cir. 2015), “surcharges and discounts are nothing more than two sides of the same coin; a surcharge is simply a ‘negative’ discount, and a discount is a ‘negative’ surcharge.” It is comparable to permitting a restauranteur to serve “half-full” beverages but not “half-empty” beverages. Id. at 1245. Kansas prefers to label the lower price attendant to cash purchases a “discount” and so prohibits Plaintiff from labeling the higher price of credit purchases as a surcharge, even though both describe the same state of affairs: cash purchasers pay less and credit card purchasers pay more because of the cost associated with using credit cards. Again, as Judge Tjoflat pointed out, such a law does not ban surcharges; it merely targets expression and could be called a “surcharges-are-fine-just-don’t-call-them-that-law.” Id. at 1245. This elevation of form over substance, which fails to directly and materially advance any substantial state interest, unjustifiably infringes on Plaintiff’s right to convey information to consumers in a way that truthfully and accurately describes the transaction and allows consumers to make an informed choice. “The First Amendment prevents staking citizens’ liberty on such distinctions in search of a difference.” Id.
On a case within its jurisdiction, and upon the filing of an appropriate pleading, the court may declare the rights of an interested party seeking such a declaration. 28 U.S.C. § 2201(a). Based on the uncontroverted facts, Plaintiff has shown that K.S.A. 16a-2-403, as interpreted in Kansas and as applied to Plaintiff, violates Plaintiff’s rights under the First Amendment. The court concludes Plaintiff is entitled to a declaratory judgment to that effect.

For more information, see Surcharge law resources under Merchant Alerts & Rules Links or contact your acquirer for accurate and current information specific to your situation. Neither Christine Speedy nor this web site provide legal advice. Consult an attorney for all your legal questions.

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