#167 Discuss management of transaction charges for reimbursements
Closed: Fixed None Opened 4 years ago by siddhesh.

= phenomenon =
We need to talk to the FPL and decide on how to handle transaction charges in the APAC region or how to handle reimbursements in general.

= reason =

Transaction charges on using Paypal are very high, at about 4% of the transaction value. For example, for a $100 reimbursement, the ambassador tends to lose about $4, which is a significant amount of money in most APAC countries. In terms of McDonalds meals, one can have two McChicken meals in India with $5.

Tuan and I have spent ~$400-$500 each at the Phnom Penh FAD and we stand to lose close to $20 each on just transaction charges.

= recommendation =

Decide on how to start a discussion on this with the FPL or Famsco/Fosco. Ideally reimbursement amounts ought to be adjusted to take transaction charges into consideration. So for a reimbursement of $100 and transaction charges of 4%, the reimbursement value should be $104.


Thanks siddhesh for opening this.

My idea is people can collect all PayPal receipts. Once the total transaction fee is over $100 (or some particular amount), another new ticket could be opened to ask for reimbursement.

Anyway, we can discuss this during today meeting then decide how to propose to FPL.

Replying to [comment:1 tuanta]:

My idea is people can collect all PayPal receipts. Once the total transaction fee is over $100 (or some particular amount), another new ticket could be opened to ask for reimbursement.

Sometimes, it is long to get total transaction fees exceed $100, people can open this kind of ticket once (or twice) per year.

Replying to [comment:2 tuanta]:

Replying to [comment:1 tuanta]:

My idea is people can collect all PayPal receipts. Once the total transaction fee is over $100 (or some particular amount), another new ticket could be opened to ask for reimbursement.

Sometimes, it is long to get total transaction fees exceed $100, people can open this kind of ticket once (or twice) per year.

This might be easier to implement since one will not have to keep track of and compute the transaction fee for their reimbursements. It does delay reimbursement of transaction charges though and also increases the workload of the card holder to clear all these requests.

Ruth had a positive answer: https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2015-January/001659.html

I think, this problem with PayPal could be solved out.

Izhar has been calculating and adding the transaction fees to the reimbursement amount, so I believe this can be closed now.

This issue is more about PayPal and it has been solved out.

Another ticket will be opened to solve non-PayPal issues (in some countries where PayPal does not fully support)

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