Alaska Poised to Close ATM Surcharge Loophole


National ATM Council executive director Bruce Renard recently testified before Alaska’s House Labor & Commerce Committee in favor of allowing cardholder surcharges on international transactions conducted at independent ATMs throughout the state.

The measure, HB044, got a 5-1 vote in committee and now awaits consideration in the House Rules Committee. NAC has been part of a two-year effort to close the legal loophole.

“Independent ATM companies have been precluded from charging a reasonable fee for providing ATM services to international visitors in Alaska,” Renard said. “This has placed a ‘hidden tax’ on Alaskan cardholders and penalized Alaska’s small businesses who collectively have been subsidizing surcharge-free ATM transactions using foreign cards.”

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