Revised Fee for Using Credit and Debit Cards

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, August 23, 2018
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STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

Section 5(c) of the General Municipal Law and section 11-105(3) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York authorizes the City to charge and collect a reasonable and uniform fee as a condition of accepting credit and debit cards as means of payment of a fine, civil penalty, tax, fee, rent, rate, charge or other amount owed to the City. These laws require that the fee not exceed the cost incurred by the City in connection with such credit and debit card transactions, including any fee payable by the City to the card issuer.

In 2013 the Department of Finance (DOF) adopted rules establishing a consistent policy for accepting credit card payments and a uniform fee of 2.49% to defray the cost incurred by the City from credit card transactions. DOF is proposing to reduce this uniform fee to 2% which will continue to cover the cost incurred by the City in connection with such credit card transactions.

This reduction in the uniform credit card fee will not apply to credit card payments made to a covered city agency unless such covered city agency determines that charging and collecting a uniform fee of 2% does not negatively affect their operations or services to the public. A “covered” city agency is a mayoral agency described by section 385 of the New York City Charter, and other agencies listed in the current rule. Other non-covered City agencies could, via rulemaking, opt into the rule.

Public Hearing
Subject: 

Revised Fee for Using Credit and Debit Cards

Public Hearing Date: 
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Contact: 

Sign up before the hearing by calling Joan Best at (718) 488-2007, or submit comments through the NYC rules website: http://rules.cityofnewyork.us. or email comments to laroset@finance.nyc.gov. or mail comments to NYC Department of Finance, Legal Affairs Division, 345 Adams Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201, Attn: Timothy LaRose. Also you can fax comments to NYC Department of Finance, Attn: Timothy LaRose, at (718) 488-2491.

Location: 
NYC Department of Finance, Legal Affairs Division
345 Adams Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201