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January 2017 Industry News from Patriot Capital

Pump EMV Liability Postponed - What Should You Do?

There was a collective sigh of relief on Dec.1, when VISA and MasterCard announced a delay in the forecourt gas pump liability date, moving it from 2017 to 2020. Most likely, there was also a smile in some boardrooms, as retailers who have already invested see an opportunity.

Fuel retailers need to decide if this means they should wait ,or upgrade as they had planned in 2017. The decision extends beyond fraud liability, and includes factors such as customer preference, the cost of waiting, and potential earlier liability for some sites.

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December 2016 Industry News from Patriot Capital

What The Proposed Federal Tax Changes Could Mean To Your Business - And How To Win In 2016

There is a lot of press about the potential for business tax rates to be lower as part of the new administration in Washington D.C.. 

  • Although there still is a lot of speculation about what will happen, and when, one thing is certain: if tax rates are lowered, the value of capital-goods depreciation will be reduced. This means that the actual net after-tax cost of capital equipment to businesses will be increased.

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November 2016 Industry News from Patriot Capital

Interest Rates Forecast To Rise In December

The consensus opinion is that U.S. central bankers will hold interest  rates until after the November election, with an increase expected "relatively soon."  This points to an increase at the Fed's December meeting.

An advantage of equipment financing is that interest rates are fixed, not variable, for the full length of the agreement.  For more information, read this story from Bloomberg

 

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October 2016 Industry News From Patriot Capital

Can You Learn From McDonald's 2020 Concept?

McDonald's newest concept store employs a wide range of technology and customer engagement strategies to transform their traditional experience.  Are some of these techniques strategies that can improve your sites customer experience, operating efficiency or average sale?

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September 2016 Industry News From Patriot Capital

Act Quickly to Benefit From Section 179 Tax Savings in 2016

Fuel retailers, jobbers and C-stores need to consider taking action in September to take advantage of potentially significant tax savings in the 2016 tax year. Capturing these tax savings will positively impact cash flow, providing funds that can be invested to help grow your business.  

To benefit from Section 179 in 2016, equipment must be installed and in service by December 31, 2016.

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EMV vs. Mobile Wallet: To Upgrade or Not - Gas Pump EMV Decisions

Fuel retailers across the United States are in the midst of upgrading their gas pump credit-card readers to accept EMV (EuroPay, MasterCard, Visa) “chip-and-pin” cards due to the upcoming liability shift. As of October 2017, fuel retailers may be liable for payment fraud unless they have upgraded their gas-pump hardware from old magnetic-stripe readers to EMV credit- and debit-card readers.

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UST Final Regulations Now Effective

EPA’s final 2015 underground storage tank (UST) regulations effective on October 13th, 2015. UST regulations, which were issued on July 15, 2015, strengthened the 1988 federal underground storage tank regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment

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