On February 11, 2024, a new law went into effect in New York, establishing important limits and rules for surcharging. Enacted in December 2023, the new statute has a price disclosure component, detailing how surcharge prices are communicated, and a surcharge price cap component. The law also imposes a $500 civil penalty for each violation, and it can be enforced by municipalities and local governments.
Surcharge Price Disclosure: First, the law provides that any seller imposing a surcharge must “clearly and conspicuously post the total price for using a credit card in such transaction, inclusive of [the] surcharge[.]” This means that the final sales price of any such transaction cannot be greater than the posted price. It would not be sufficient to include a credit card surcharge warning on a price tag or menu, or on a sign by the register.
Surcharge Price Cap: Second, the law provides that any such surcharge may not exceed the amount of the surcharge charged to the business by the credit card company for such credit card use.Continue Reading New York Implements a New Surcharge Law: What the Changes Mean for Shoppers and Businesses