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Add corporate card fees

GOV.UK Pay supports adding a fee or ‘surcharge’ if your 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 3 corporate card types:

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

In a payment journey, when your user enters a card number the GOV.UK Pay platform checks to determine if it’s one of the 3 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.

We will not apply a surcharge if we cannot tell if the card is:

  • credit or debit
  • prepaid or not - we cannot tell this for most Mastercard cards

You can sign in to the GOV.UK Pay admin tool 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. When you create a refund, you can optionally exclude the surcharge from the amount you refund.

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.