SF 2088 Convenience Fees Analysis and Recommendations, November 16, 2011

(2011) SF 2088 Convenience Fees Analysis and Recommendations, November 16, 2011. Administrative Services

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Abstract

As an expansion of SF2088, the Department of Administrative Services-Information Technology Enterprise (DAS-ITE) was asked to further analyze the potential costs and savings if the current practice of charging credit card and overhead fees (“value-added fees”) were to be eliminated. Value-added fees reflect the costs an agency incurs while providing online services, and those costs will always exist.. DAS-ITE researched these costs and identified ways of making the associated fees less burdensome to the citizens of Iowa. The three alternatives provide different ways in which agencies can recover those costs; they could be borne by either an annual appropriation or adjustment of the online service “price” to include the fees within the cost of the online transaction. An additional alternative is presented to leave the current value-added fee practices in place. Recognition must also be made of the fact that traditional forms of conducting business with the State of Iowa, face-to-face and paper-based transactions, are inherently more costly. These delivery channels are effectively subsidized by the agency as a “cost of doing business” and the associated expense of the transactions is not passed on to the customer.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Administrative Services, DAS, ITE, Convenience Analysis, SF 2088
Subjects: State government > State finance
Government finance and taxes
State government
ID Code: 13317
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2012 19:06
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 19:06
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/13317

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