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Will Square ever be able to accept Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) payments?

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?

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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.

  1. Remove non-eligible retail items from ticket for a separate transaction. Tell the customer “I will ring these up separately for you.”
  2. Remove tax from ticket.
  3. Take payment on EBT machine for total of eligible items and offer customer receipt.
  4. Choose “CHARGE” on Square.
  5. Choose “OTHER PAYMENT TYPE.”
  6. Type “E” in “Notes.”
  7. Choose “TENDER.”
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Square Community Moderator

While Square doesn't offer EBT acceptance, we partner with Tolil Pay, an API solution that integrates with your Square account that seamlessly accepts EBT, SNAP and WIC. 

 

Check it out here 🙂 

 

@ErikPC

Has anyone figured out how/when do you get your money using the EBT system from Totalpay with your square account?

How do you get your ebt deposits?

 

I gave up on Totilpay Pay. It was too clumsy to switch back and forth from the Square app to the Totilpay app on our Aquare Stands. Plus, we had to sign in every time we wanted to use the Totilpay Pay app. I returned to using the free EBT reader machine I got from the Farm Market Association. 

Please accept EBT payments! 

TotilPay is NOT the answer.  We're not liking the extra monthly payments. 

 

We are too small for Clover where EBT is default!!

Thank you ! ! !

Beta Member

Is there anyway to process ebt snap payments through square?

Super Seller

At this time there is not a way to process EBT in square.  They dont have any type of pin pad.  Check with your state, they often will provide you equipment to accept EBT,

I wish they would listen to us.  They don't up where it counts.  We aren't big enough for Clover or I'd switch immediately.  I doubt they have any intention of implementing the EBT system.