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How the Durbin Amendment will save card-processing costs

Restaurateurs should expect substantial savings in processing fees when the Durbin Amendment takes effect July 21, the head of one of the largest card processors in the country told attendees at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.

The Durbin Amendment is part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that will allow the Federal Reserve to limit interchange rates on debit card transactions — the fee a bank charges to process card transactions — to 12 cents.

According to Bob Carr, chief executive of Heartland Payment Systems in Princeton, N.J., Durbin will “save our customers a total of $450 million dollars in its first year. That’s a lot of money. We will collect $450 million less because of it, but we love that the money is going straight to the merchant. I wish everyone in our business felt that way.”

He added that Durbin will save the average Heartland restaurant customer $1,992 a year. However, a lot of legislative activity is still swirling around the amendment, which could delay its start.

Carr noted that when the amendment goes into effect, restaurateurs should be prepared to take full advantage of it. To do that, he emphasized that operators should:

• Ask for written confirmation from your processor that your Durbin rate decrease will be passed on 100 percent to your checking account beginning on the day it is implemented.

• Check your contract to find out the terms and conditions of how you can terminate your agreement with your processor if it isn't willing to give you written confirmation regarding the decrease.

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