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Corporate card surcharges

GOV.UK Pay supports adding a surcharge when a user pays with a corporate credit or debit card. You can contact GOV.UK Pay support to ask the team to set this up for you.

Each surcharge is a flat amount added to a payment. If you’d like to discuss adding surcharges as percentages, please contact us.

You can set a different surcharge for each of the following 4 corporate card types:

  • non-prepaid credit cards
  • non-prepaid debit cards
  • prepaid credit cards
  • prepaid debit cards

In a payment journey, when a user enters a card number the GOV.UK Pay platform checks to determine if it’s one of the 4 corporate card types. If a surcharge is applicable, the platform will inform them that a surcharge of a certain amount will be added to the total.

If the platform cannot determine the exact type of a card being used, it will not apply a surcharge.

You can sign in to the GOV.UK Pay admin tool (link opens in new window) to see the payment amount and the surcharge amount listed separately.

If a payment has a surcharge applied, the full amount available for refund includes the surcharge. You can also use the partial refund feature to only refund the total amount excluding the surcharge.

If a surcharge is applied to a particular payment, you can see this in API response fields:

 
Response field Meaning
"amount" Contains the amount in pence, without any surcharge.
This field always appears, even if a surcharge is not applicable.
"total_amount" Contains the total amount in pence, including any surcharge.
Only appears if a surcharge is applicable.
"corporate_card_surcharge" Contains only the surcharge amount, in pence.
Only appears if a surcharge is applicable.