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Tom Panoff is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Chicago office.

Illinois has become the first state to enact restrictions on credit and debit card interchange fees – commonly known as swipe fees – linked to taxes and gratuities. The Interchange Fee Prohibition Act (the “Act”), embedded as Section 150-10 of the state’s latest revenue bill, signed on June 7 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, aims to accommodate retailers who have long contested the fairness of these fees. The Act forbids card issuers, payment card networks, acquirer banks and payment processors from charging retailers for swipe fees on gratuities and “any use and occupation tax or excise tax” imposed by the State or a local government. The Act will become effective in July 2025.Continue Reading Swipe Fee Showdown: Illinois Passes Novel Payments Law