Will Square ever be able to accept Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) payments?
Will Square ever be able to accept Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) (food stamps) payments?
Re: Will Square ever be able to accept Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) payments?
For those who might be interested, here is our set-up for EBT.
We use a third party company for running EBT, which has a card reader and a pinpad. The companies vary by state, we use FIS.
We hold an Arizona restaurant/hot meals EBT license and can accept just about everything on EBT except energy drinks and retail items like coffee mugs or keychains.
We use the code "E" in the notes section to be able to track which sales are EBT. We still record everything in Square so that we have data for all sales in one place.
Here are the steps we provide for our cashiers.
- Remove non-eligible retail items from ticket for a separate transaction. Tell the customer “I will ring these up separately for you.”
- Remove tax from ticket.
- Take payment on EBT machine for total of eligible items and offer customer receipt.
- Choose “CHARGE” on Square.
- Choose “OTHER PAYMENT TYPE.”
- Type “E” in “Notes.”
- Choose “TENDER.”