New Law Regarding Credit Card Surcharges Goes Into Effect Sunday, February 11, 2024
In an effort to provide better price transparency to consumers, New York is outlawing certain common practices regarding disclosure of credit card surcharges beginning this Sunday, February 11, 2024. Businesses can no longer just post a sign on the door or at the cash register that a fee is applied to all credit card sales, nor advertise that all prices include a cash discount that does not apply to a credit card purchase. Further, charging separate line items on a receipt to credit card users for things like convenience fees, service fees, or processing fees is prohibited.
What This Means for Businesses That Accept Credit Cards
As of this new law, businesses must clearly post the total price of an item or service before checkout. This can be done by displaying both the credit card and the cash price on an item’s price tag or on a menu or by listing the higher credit card price and advertising a cash discount on the price tag or menu. Businesses also have the option to use the same price for both cash and credit card purchases. Importantly, any surcharge charged by the business cannot exceed the amount of the surcharge charged to the business by the credit card company for such credit card use.
Penalties for Businesses Not Complying with the New Law
Businesses who violate these provisions regarding credit card surcharges face a civil penalty of up to $500 for each violation. Local governments can enforce this law and consumers can file complaints with the Division of Consumer Protection for a refund of any excess fees paid to a merchant. Additional guidance on credit card surcharges can be found on the Department of State’s website.
Our Business Attorneys Can Help Your Business Navigate this New Law
If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about how this new law regarding credit card surcharges may impact your business, please feel free to contact Letty Laskowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-512-3538 or Michael F. McConville at email@example.com or 585-512-3520.
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