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While it is legal for businesses to charge a convenience for most bills (meaning that there is no law against such practices), there are rules imposed by credit card companies that prevent merchants from charging a convenience fee in most cases. Please visit Visa's website and search for convenience fee and you'll find a great deal of information. As of this writing, convenience fees may be charged for tax payments and a few other areas. As for the tax question, it's best to ask your accountant. However, since the fee would be considered a service and most states don't tax services, this is likely not a taxable item.

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Q: Is it legal for any business to add a credit card convenience fee to a bill are the amounts arbitrary and if added is it also legal to charge tax on that fee?
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