Setting up a high-risk merchant account is a simple process. It is important to submit all of the necessary paperwork in order to avoid delays in the decision making process. Being prepared ahead of time will help to ensure that the application process is stress free and successful. While exact requirements may differ depending on your unique situation, below is a basic list of standard items requested during underwriting.
Typical Requested Paperwork When Applying For A High-Risk Merchant Account
1: High-Risk Merchant Account Application Form
This form gathers basic information about both your business and its’ principals. This includes addresses, tax identification number, phone numbers, email addresses, website address, bank account information, processing volumes, and average sales amounts to name a few. Payment Savvy will provide a prefilled Application for your review and signature after gathering information and creating a custom processing solution for your business.
2: Articles of Incorporation
Business entities are required to provide a valid copy of the organizational paperwork. If you do not have a copy on hand, the Secretary of State’s office in the state you formed your business may be able to provide you a copy for free or with a nominal fee.
3: Voided Check
A voided check is required for the bank account into which the merchant’s funds will be deposited. In most cases, a starter check is not acceptable. The check must be a permanent check that includes a pre-printed version of the business name, account number, and routing number. A letter from the bank can be submitted as a substitute in lieu of permanent check. The letter must include the bank account information, and be signed by bank management. If you require fees to be withdrawn from a different bank account than deposits are made, it is important to provide voided checks for both bank accounts.
4: IRS Form SS-4
The SS-4 Form is sent directly from the IRS and verifies your organization’s Federal Employer Identification Number, or EIN.
5: Business Financial Statements
Depending on the requested monthly processing volume, underwriting may request business financials. Typical documentation submitted includes your most recently filed business tax return or complete financial statements (balance sheet & profit and loss statement).
6: Processing Statements
If your business has previously processed credit and debit cards, a monthly statements must be submitted. The processing statement should cover the most recent three to six months depending on your unique situation
7: Business Bank Statements
Similar to the processing statements request, be prepare to provide your most recent three to six months of business bank statements for underwriting review.
The documents listed above are just a sample of the required items needed when applying for a high-risk merchant account. Providing correct and complete paperwork gives underwriters an accurate overview of your business and make it easy for them to make swift decision. Payment Savvy will be with you every step of the way to ensure success and answer any questions or concerns you have.
Payment Savvy specializes in providing high-risk merchants with the ability to accept credit and debit card payments. Please contact us today to review your options and apply for a high-risk merchant account. Our experienced team looks forward to creating a custom payment processing solution for your company.
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