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Saving on B2B Interchange
Friday, October 13, 2017
Did you know that by providing just a few extra fields of information on B2B transactions using corporate and purchasing cards, your business can qualify for lower interchange rates? This is often referred to Level 2 and Level 3 data and can result in a significant interchange savings over a typical consumer transaction.
Level 1: This level of processing refers to business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions, during which consumers use their personal credit cards. The data required to process a Level I transaction is small, but the interchange rates are higher.
Level 2: Level 2 credit card processing refers to a more detailed transaction designed to support business-to-business (B2B) payment processing. Commercial accounts often require the ability to monitor and control credit card spending, and Level II processing simplifies these transactions.
Level II transactions can qualify for lower interchange rates. Basically, Visa/MasterCard recognize that if you, as a business, are providing all of this extra information, the sale is more likely to be legitimate. As such, they are willing to provide a lower cost for the sale.
Level 3: This B2B processing takes everything one step further. Most merchants will never have the opportunity to accept Level 3 cards, but if you’re processing a B2B-heavy industry or accept a lot of Government cards, having Level 3 data acceptance may help reduce your interchange costs even further.
How You Can Save
If you regularly process B2B transactions, utilizing Level 2 data will help you achieve savings on interchange rates, typically around 0.50% lower. To accept these transactions, you will either need to have a standalone terminal or processing gateway that allows you to input the extra fields. OMEGA VT, our virtual terminal, can be set up to do this. In addition to information collected in a Level 1 transaction, you will also need to input tax amount, Merchant State and Postal Code, Tax ID information and Merchant Category or SIC code. This can result in a significant annual savings for just a little extra effort — time is money in this case!
To learn more about how Level 2 processing can help your business, contact OMEGA Processing today.
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