Credit and debit card surcharge
A surcharge of 0.52% will apply when you choose to pay your rates using a Mastercard or Visa credit and debit cards, with the exception of credit card payments using BPAY. On an average rate account the surcharge is $2.13.
The $10,000 credit and debit card payment limit has been removed for the payment of rates
Reason for the surcharge
Brisbane City Council is charged fees when customers pay their rates using Mastercard or Visa credit and debit cards. These fees add up to a considerable cost – more than $2.5 million per year. This money can be better spent on other services like parks, buses and roads.
In line with other organisations, customers who choose to pay rates by Mastercard or Visa credit and debit cards will be charged the surcharge. Credit card payments using BPAY will not incur a surcharge.
Calculating the surcharge
The surcharge will be 0.52% of the total rates credit or debit card payment made. A credit card surcharge is not applicable on charges that attract GST.
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Paying the surcharge
The surcharge will be charged when you choose to pay your rates by using Mastercard or Visa credit and debit card and will appear on your next rate account. The surcharge is not applicable on payments made using BPAY.
For example if you pay the rate account issued in January by a Mastercard or Visa credit and debit card, the surcharge will appear on the next rate account issued in April.
Other payment options
You can avoid the surcharge by paying your rates by other payment options.