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How To Accept Credit Cards For Girl Scout Cookie Sales

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Tom DeSimone
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    Destiny-Rose

    Hi I recently got a card as a token of selling cookies (I am a girl Scout) and I can’t really use the credit cards anywhere but I think it would be pretty useless if the only thing I could buy with it would be cookies can I buy anything else?

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi Destiny,

      I think this might be a question for your troop leader, or whoever issued the card to you. Sorry we couldn’t help, but we wish you lot’s of luck with your cookie sales!

        Kristii

        Hi!
        We used Square last year for our Girl Scout cookies sales. This year now, I received a 1099-K form. We as a troop do not file taxes, what does this mean for us? The tax id on the account is for GS of Northern California.
        Thanks for any info you can provide.

          Jessica Dinsmore

          Hi Kristii,

          The 1099-K is required to be sent to the merchant and the IRS when the merchant reaches a certain volume. It is for informational purposes only. If you want to be thorough, you can forward the 1099-K to the headquarters of the agency whose tax ID was used to set up the account.

            Meredith

            Do Girl Scouts take American Express, or is that based on each council?

              Jessica Dinsmore

              Hi Meredith,

              Unfortunately we don’t have the answer to that question. I’d check with your local troop leader to find out what form of payment is acceptable in your area. I suspect it varies from troop to troop. Best of luck and enjoy those cookies!

                Astrid Gambill

                What about passing the payment processing fee onto customers. Is this acceptable as a “convenience fee”?

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                  Tom DeSimone

                  Hi Astrid,

                  Check out our post about the regulation of surcharging customers for using credit cards here.

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                    Telesha

                    How do you get paid from the square?

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                      Chloe Bahal

                      Hi Telesha,

                      Here is more information on how to deposit with Square.

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                        Melissa Dolder

                        Our Girl Scout council is advising us against using something like Square to accept credit cards. They are convinced that it will show up as taxable income for the troops. Can you clarify this for me?

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                          Tom DeSimone

                          If you set up an account with your personal information, technically the money earned will be taxable (just like the money a teenager makes mowing her neighbor’s lawn is technically taxable). Legally, each individual is required to report ALL earnings. But most processing services will not send documentation to the IRS unless you make over a certain amount in a year, say $10K. Some will, but most don’t (it’s worth confirming with the processor if you’re worried about it). So it’s largely a tax honor system when dealing with amounts as small as cookie sales. If you register with a non-profit ID, this will be different.

                          Hope this helps.

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