Nov 28 2019

Business Credit Card Offers & Reviews – Nov 2015 #my #free #credit #report

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By:John Kiernan, Personal Finance Editor

Unfortunately, business credit cards were not included in the credit card industry reform legislation—the CARD Act—that was enacted toward the tail-end of the Great Recession and has proven quite successful in both increasing transparency within the general-consumer credit card market and improving consumer rights. “Small business credit cards should have the same protections as consumers under the Act,” according to Dr. Peter Nigro . Sarkisian Chair in Financial Services at Bryant University . “Why were they not? Politicians wanted to appease the credit card companies and give them another revenue stream that was taken away by new consumer regulations. Sad but true.”

By:Odysseas Papadimitriou, CardHub CEO

Like general-consumer credit cards, business credit cards are available to people of all credit levels. Also like regular credit cards, if you will, a small business credit card’s rewards and other benefits increase based on credit standing, while the fees and rates generally decrease.

Interestingly and contrary to many people’s beliefs, while a company’s credit standing is taken into account for business credit card approval, the small business owner’s personal credit score is actually the key deciding factor. Therefore, when starting a small business, for example, you should apply for a business credit card that is marketed for someone of your credit stature and avoid falling into the trap of looking for business credit cards for new businesses. If you are unsure of your credit standing, try our free credit estimator .

By:Odysseas Papadimitriou, CardHub CEO

We get this question all the time. People want to avoid bringing their work home with them, not only mentally and emotionally, but financially as well. They want their business spending to be their business spending, and not in any way connected to their personal finances. That way their family’s financial well-being would not be at risk should their venture fail.

Unfortunately, CardHub research has shown that all major business credit card issuers require personal liability for business card use and relay monthly usage information to the owners’ personal credit reports. In fact, we are only aware of one business credit card with no personal guarantee: U.S. Bank’s Visa Signature Company Credit Card, which is targeted to companies with $1 million to 10 million in annual revenue.

The long-held notion that business credit cards provide personal liability protection by limiting responsibility for debt and default to one’s business is therefore little more than a common myth. The falsity of such a belief is further evidenced by the fact that business credit card applications require you to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in addition to your company’s Federal Tax Identification Number, or Employment Identification Number (EIN). Additionally, most business credit card applications clearly disclose liability policies.

Small businesses simply aren’t large enough entities to warrant limited liability. They are generally funded by one person or a few individuals, whose personal finances are directly connected to the company’s. “Small business credit cards that are issued to owners of pass-through businesses are equivalent of individual ownership and likely treated as such,” says Dr. William Dunkelberg, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Temple University. Banks therefore view joint liability between a company and its owner(s) as more than justified.

With a larger company, on the other hand, ownership as well as responsibility for the misuse of credit are likely to be far more segmented and the business’ financial assets far more substantial. This dynamic makes limited liability, in turn, far more appropriate for a larger company than for a small business.

While you cannot mitigate your personal liability as a small business credit card user, you can decrease the chances that it will come into play by approaching business spending strategically and opening credit cards with the best rates and lowest fees. After all, the best defense against liability problems is intelligent business decision making.

By:Odysseas Papadimitriou, CardHub CEO

Yes, you can both use your small business credit card to make personal purchases and use a personal credit card to make business purchases. In fact, it’s a good strategy. Business credit cards often have rewards on things like office supplies that are unmatched by personal credit cards, making leveraging your business card rewards to save on something like back-to-school shopping worthwhile. On the other hand, you can use a personal credit card for small business funding in order to garner CARD Act coverage and avoid unexpected and unwarranted interest rate increases on your existing credit card balances.

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