A proposal, which is still being refined in House and Senate iterations, would force “qualified payment facilitators” to disclose information (file forms similar to current 1099 income forms) about each of their merchant clients’ receipts to the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes with the idea to help identify taxable but unreported or under-reported sales.
With this bill, merchants and businesses can simply expect more tax code complexity and higher tax compliance costs. We would all be better off under the FairTax (www.fairtax.org)! more
The public debate continues over government regulation of the card payment networks built by MasterCard and Visa.
With more than a million new merchants signing up to accept payment cards in the past year, it is argued that the network effect balance of setting Interchange high enough to provide the banks an incentive to issue the cards, but not so high that merchants won't accept them, is working.
A major factor behind retailers' objections is that as consumers use credit and debit cards more frequently and that the fees have also increased as the card companies have upgraded more consumers to rewards cards, which carry higher fees. more
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As more consumers choose payment cards for purchases, retailers push for government regulation. Is this a good thing? more