Credit card reader for use overseas?

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David69

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Member since 10 Jul 2017

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Hi all.

My daughter will have a stand at a convention in Baltimore next month and I'm trying to find an option so she can accept credit card payments. I've tried Square and PayPal but they'll only allow facilities for people who have a US Social Security number, US address and a US bank account.

Does anyone know of a facility that an Aussie can open and could use there?


Thanks.

Dredgy

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Member since 02 Apr 2017

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Square absolutely works in Australia with Australian bank accounts.
Go to officeworks and buy a reader, and the account set up is fairly easy.

I don’t know if an Australian account would work with a reader purchased in the US, but I’d imagine so.

kimshep

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Square absolutely works in Australia with Australian bank accounts.
Go to officeworks and buy a reader, and the account set up is fairly easy.

I don’t know if an Australian account would work with a reader purchased in the US, but I’d imagine so.


@dredgy - yep, an Australian reader & account will work with US cards.

@david69 - have a look at Square's Australian site - https://squareup.com/au/en

ecbailey

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You will need to setup an Australian one - I have setup Paypal and it was not too hard. The reader works great, and the fee charged isn't too bad.

Andrew Barkery

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How do the US authorities look upon on these sort of transactions though.
Does she have to declare it somewhere.
I know finance wise, Aust shares cannot be easily traded, ie bought or sold to US residents, a lot of share offers that a relative gets says not available to US residents.
Also the US authorities do ask sometimes, are you a US resident.
At the least find out how they deal with income from their side.
I do realise that Aust has double tax agreements with many countries, whereby if tax is declared or paid in one country, it won't be taxed in another country.
Maybe check up US IRS first for info.
Also visa wise, not so bad if daughter is a US resident, and has a social security number, and everything is legit visa wise.
Does an ETSA tourist VWP allow her to earn income while in the US?
Last editedby Andrew Barkery at Jun 22, 2019, 10:04 AM.

David69

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Jul 2017

Total posts 19

I've contacted all the main providers. They all tell me that I can't use a reader purchased in Australia and I'd need to purchase one in USA. The problem is that I can't open an account with any of them in USA without having a US residential address, social security number and bank account.

On the last post from Andrew, we had to arrange a temporary sales tax licence in Maryland and have 30 days post the event to remit 6% of the sales proceeds to them. I also wrote to ETSA and they said the standard permit was sufficient.

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