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What you MUST know about EMV and why you MUST comply

By August 14, 2015


The EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) chip and pin standards become mandatory on October 1, 2015 for all United States businesses that accept card payments. Businesses have less than two months to comply, and recent reports indicate that not only are businesses lagging to meet …read on to learn why. Read more



The Curious Case of Cuba, America, and Commerce

By April 17, 2015


The buzz surrounding the seemingly impromptu restoration of American and Cuban relations has been a constant, with the most recent update, as of April 2015, involving the official removal of Cuba from the US’s State Sponsors of Terror List. Businesses and consumers throughout the United States and Cuba are gearing up quickly to begin what is sure to be a mutually …read on to learn why. Read more



Success as a Merchant Service Sales Agent has never been harder, or easier, depending on your approach

By March 16, 2015


All independent sales agents know the dedication and frustration that comes along with growing and retaining merchant accounts. You have to have thick skin, tenacity, flexibility, and stamina. But, while acquiring new merchant accounts or maintaining current accounts are challenges in and of themselves, the recent influx of sales reps, and even other payment service companies, into the market have made things more difficult by increasing competition. …read on to learn why. Read more



New Fraud Concerns over EMV Standards Contribute to Slow Compliance Rates

By March 9, 2015


With only several months until the mandatory deadline, the new Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) chip and pin standards have been met with dismal compliance by U.S. merchants, and recent news reports that EMV could actually increase application fraud are not helping. The new EMV standards, which US businesses must comply with by October, are supposed to increase security against credit card fraud. …read on to learn why. Read more



Why Your Merchant Service Company Can Help (or Hurt) Your Business During Tax Season

By February 20, 2015


If you accept card payments, which you most likely do, then you know you must file a Form 1099-K to the IRS; but what you may not realize is that your payment processor can actually assist you with this confusing document, as well as other mandatory tax forms. Conversely, if you have a sloppy processor, you may find yourself in a world of hurt with the federal government…read on to learn why. Read more



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