Merchant Account FAQ
- Who is the payment processor?
- How do I know which type of account is right for my business?
- What does Card Present and Card Not Present mean?
- What rate will I be charged when I accept a credit card using the Full Merchant Account?
- What is the advantage of using a Flat-Fee Account?
- Which account can I use with Web Pay?
- Why do Card Present rates differ from Card Not Present rates?
- How can I find out what rate I will be charged for American Express transactions?
- With what applications and versions do Merchant Accounts work?
- How do I apply for a merchant account?
- How long will it take to get approved?
- Once my application is approved, how long will it take until I can process credit card transactions?
- What credit cards will I be able to accept?
- Can I accept international credit cards?
- What information is required to complete the application?
- Can I use my existing Merchant Account?
- What type of transactions can I record?
- What is the startup cost?
- Is there support?
- Will I need to purchase additional equipment to accept credit cards?
- When do the funds show up in my bank account?
- How secure is the transaction?
- Can I accept a debit card from a customer as a payment?
- Can I print a receipt for Credit Card Payments?
- How can I obtain credit card decal stickers?
- How do I account for my credit card processing fees inside of AccountEdge?
- EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Vista)
In order to ensure we’re in compliance with state-of-the-art security and privacy standards, Acclivity partners with best-in-class payment processing organizations. Our Merchant Accounts are powered by CSG Forte (formerly known as Forte Payment Systems) (in the US) and Paystone (in Canada), suppliers of merchant transaction processing services and industry leaders in providing high tech processing solutions.
Broadly speaking, there are two types of accounts: a Variable Account and a Flat-Fee Account. Additionally, there are two flavors of each type of account: Card Present and Card Not Present.
With either Account type, you must figure out, what percentage of your dollar volume is card present vs. what percentage is card not present. When more than 80% of your credit card transactions are card present, chances are a card present account will be best for you and will provide you the lowest rates. If you do not process 80% or so of your transactions with the card present, then the Card Not Present Account will most likely be the wise choice; again, to minimize cost.
Card Present transactions take place when you physically have the credit card in hand at the time of sale and process the transaction with our optional EMV Device (compatible with a Flat Fee Account and available here: https://equipment.forte.net/Default.asp
Merchants processing card present transactions with a Variable Account and not using an approved integrated EMV Device may be charged an EMV Non Compliance fee of $20.00 per month. Merchants must use an AccountEdge Pro version released in 2017 (Mac version 18 or / Windows version 26) or later to be EMV compatible.
All other transactions are considered Card Not Present - including those taken over the phone, mail order, or via the internet (e.g. using AccountEdge Web Pay).
What rate will be charged for Visa/Mastercard transactions when I accept a credit card using the Variable Account?
If you use a EMV card reader (compatible with a Flat Fee account and available here: https://equipment.forte.net/Default.asp to enter the credit card number and you've signed up for a card present account, your rate will be as low as 1.79% plus $0.30 per transaction (United States). The rates for a Canadian merchant are as low as 1.75% plus $0.15 per Visa/MC transaction.
If you manually enter the credit card number with a card not present account your rate will be as low as 2.29% plus $0.30 per transaction (United States). The rates for a Canadian merchant are as low as 2.30% plus $0.15 per Visa/MC transaction.
The Flat Fee Accounts provide a level of certainty in terms of rates and do not include any monthly fees. A Flat Fee Account may make sense if your volume is unpredictable or if you run a seasonal business. The flat-fee for all card present Visa/Mastercard transactions is 2.70% plus $0.30 with no other fees or surcharges. (note: with a card present Flat Fee Account you can still process card not present transactions, albeit at a higher rate - 3.5% + $0.15 per transaction). A card not present Flat Fee Account processes Visa/Mastercard transactions at 2.95% plus 30¢ per transaction.
While you can technically use any of our merchants accounts with Web Pay, the card not-present version of either the Variable Account or Flat Fee Account are designed for Web Pay’s web transactions.
Card Present rates are lower because there is less risk (you physically have the credit card in hand, and more data can be read from the card) vs. manually entering a card number or taking a sale via the internet, which does not prove the card is present.
American Express transactions are billed at 2.99% plus $0.30 per transaction.
Our Merchant Accounts work with all current versions of AccountEdge, AccountEdge Connect, AccountEdge Web Pay, Checkout, and Rerun.
All applications are online and accessible from our website: http://www.accountedge.com/creditcards. If you have questions, you can contact Customer Service via chat using the chat icon in the lower-right-hand corner of each accountedge.com web page.
Approval for a credit card merchant account takes an average of 5-7 business days. This average is dependent upon the amount of information filled out on the application and the documentation provided at the time the application is submitted.
Once my application is approved, how long will it take until I can process credit card transactions?
Once you are approved, you can immediately begin processing credit card transactions. You must enter the merchant account information provided by CSG Forte (Paystone in Canada) into the Priority app (e.g. AccountEdge) first.
You will be able to accept: VISA, MasterCard, Discover (handled separately for Canada) and American Express.
Again, the notable exception is with our card not present Flat Fee accounts, where you are automatically able to accept AMEX transactions.
You will be able to accept credit cards whether they're domestic or international. However, all payments will be processed in US dollars only (either Canadian or US dollars only for Canadian merchants).
We ask for your personal, business and banking information to start. It is possible, depending on your specific situation, that we may ask for additional, supporting information, such as: documents supporting company ownership (DBA Certificate, Corporate Resolution, etc), a voided check, and copies of bank statements over the past two months. Depending on your expected volume, you may also need to provide signed Tax Returns from the past two years as well as your most recent fiscal year end business or personal financials.
Unfortunately, no. You will have to apply for a new merchant account with our provider in order for the service to work within our applications.
You can record credit card sales, debits, voids, and refunds. All debit card sales will be processed as credit cards.
There is no Setup Fee.
Initial setup through the software can usually be handled by CSG Forte (Paystone in Canada). Any further issues are handled on a case by case basis. You need AccountEdge Support for help with software features. Tech support options can be found on our website, or you can chat with Customer Service using our Chat icon in the lower-right-hand corner of each accountedge.com web page
The only equipment, aside from your computer, our software, and a network connection, is an optional EMV device (available here: https://equipment.forte.net/Default.asp, which is required if you intend to process card-present transactions from AccountEdge Pro or Checkout.
Funds are transferred into your bank account within 2 business days, beginning the day after the transaction is approved.
We use industry-standard encryption protocol to keep customer card information secure. The processing bank is responsible for fraudulent charges.
If you enter a card that is both a debit and a credit card when using our Merchant Account Services, you must select Credit Card and the Merchant Account will process the transaction as a credit card transaction. True debit card payments where a PIN number is required cannot be processed with our Merchant Account Service.
There are two ways in which you can print a receipt for a credit card transaction in AccountEdge: once a transaction is authorized, you will be prompted to print a receipt or you can print a receipt right through the Sales Command Center.
With Checkout, you can download our Customizable Receipt Template which will allow you to print the receipt onto 3-1/4" receipt printer paper. The software can print a receipt once payment is received or by re-opening an invoice and choosing to print.
You can order the stickers direct from the card associations. Below are the links where the stickers can be ordered.
You can watch this video for more information on how to best reconcile and account for credit card payments within AccountEdge.
Beginning in October 2015, US banks transferred the liability for fraudulent credit card activity to the merchant, in the event the merchant is not using an EMV card reader. The deadline was imposed by Visa, MasterCard and American Express. EMV devices are compatible with a Flat Fee account and available here: https://equipment.forte.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Verifone-VX520A_ACCLIVITY
For more information, please see this article.