180 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: (401) 789-9331 Fax: (401) 789-5280
Many merchants accepting credit or debit cards are willing to pay the fees charged by credit card companies in order to provide that service to its customers. As a municipality, we do not have the option of paying those fees since we must collect the full amount of the tax bill. Therefore, when a taxpayer uses a credit card, the fees must be charged over and above the amount of the bill being paid. A convenience fee is charged for processing each debit or credit card transaction as payment to a third party credit card processing service provider, Official Payments, for accepting and processing the payment. The fee also covers the cost of the operation of a toll-free telephone and Web-based, Online system for accepting payment. This convenience fee is charged directly to the taxpayer as a separate charge on their cardholder statement. The fee amounts to 2.75% of the payment amount or a minimum of $3.00 per transaction. No part of the convenience fee is paid to the Town of South Kingstown.