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What do all of the Line Item Charges on Monthly Statements mean?


Line Item Charges on Monthly Statements


Level 4 PCI SAQ/IP Scan Service

Fee charged annually to become PCI Certified through Aperia. (Covers the merchants cost for PCI Security)

PCI Annual Compliance

Fee Charged annually to help cover Sage’s costs/ efforts to remain PCI Compliant. (Covers the acquirer’s  cost for PCI Security)

PCI Non- Compliance

Fee charged after the grace period for registering with Aperia and completing SAQ/SCAN has passed.

DPI ( Discount Per Item)

Fee charged on all settled transactions. Usually comes as a result of a Fall or Spring enhancement (fee increase) by the associations. We often add this fee to the account to avoid having to increase their percentage rates.

MasterCard NABU-Network Access Brand & Usage

Assessed on every U.S MasterCard, cleared transaction. It is the cost of using the MasterCard brand.

Visa Misuse Fee

Charged on Visa transactions that are authorized and not settled within 10 days.

Visa Zero Floor Limit Fee

Charged per transaction when a transaction is settled without an authorization

Visa Acquirer Processing Fee (APF)

Assessed on every authorized Visa card transaction (U.S or Int’l). It is the cost of using the Visa brand.


Covers the cost of rolling up information and sending it to the merchant. This fee is not optional as all merchants who accept credit cards with SPS. *Merchants (accepting credit cards) do not have the option to opt out of monthly statements in the mail to avoid fee.

Gateway/ Gateway Access

Covers the use of SPS’s gateway. ( Usually charged to merchants using the Virtual Terminal)

Mobile Access

Costs associated with using a mobile/ wireless terminal.

Debit Access

Costs for accepting pin- debit and therefore working with the debit networks. ( ie. Star, Pulse, Nyce etc.)

EBT Access

Costs for accepting EBT cards and therefore working with the EBT networks.

Various Debit Network

Line items display exactly what network was hit and what the charge was. (Refer to the latest debit network fee sheet relevant to the transaction.)

Various Interchange Categories

Line items display exactly what interchange category was hit and what the charge was. (Refer to latest Interchange guide relevant to the transaction.)


Fee to cover the cost of keeping the account open and active every year.

Chargeback/ Retrieval

Fee charged per occurrence whenever a chargeback is presented to a merchant account.

Minimum Discount

Cumulative monthly minimum amount of processing (Rate 1 only) in order to avoid paying this fee.

Data Security and Integration

The data security fee is a fee to help cover the connection to Sage Exchange and the safeguarding of the information being passed. The associations (Visa/MasterCard) required PA-DSS security certification for all users performing payments through software nationwide.

Fees, dues and assessments ( may also appear individually as Visa, Mc, or Disc assessments

Minimum charge collected on every Visa and MasterCard by the associations.

Various Auth Fees (Visa, Mc, Disc, Debit, Amex, etc)

Fees are charged per item for every transaction that was authorized, credited or declined as well as for batches. 

Discover Data Usage Fee

Charged on each settled Discover transaction.

MasterCard FD&A

Charged on transactions over $1000

FANF Fee ( Fixed acquirer Network Fee)

FANF is billed monthly and is based on the following categories: ( high volume card present, all other card present who are nonexempt, and card not present.) It is determined by merchant Taxpayer ID, merchant location count and Visa volume as collected by the associations and can vary each month depending on those factors.

Transaction Integrity Fee

The Transaction Integrity Fee (TIF) was introduced in April 2012. It is a new $0.10 fee that will apply to U.S. domestic regulated and non-regulated purchase transactions made with a Visa Debit card or Visa Prepaid card that fail or do not request Custom Payment Service (CPS) qualification. The CPS rates are Visa’s best rates and they apply to both regulated and non-regulated transactions.

For example:

Always settle your transactions on the same day it was processed.

Always make sure all magnetic strip data is captured when swiping transactions.You should always settle the transaction for the original amount authorized.If card is not present or has to be keyed in for any reason you should make sure AVS is an exact match

 Custom Payment Service (CPS)

This is Visa's regulations for the information that must be submitted with each transaction. Transactions must meet CPS criteria in order to qualify for lowest transaction processing fees available.

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  • Date Created: 05/31/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 01/03/2018
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