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Offshore Bank Account Opening and Offshore Banking Benefits

An offshore bank account is an account which is set up outside the country of residence of the account holder. The main reason for an individual or company to employ offshore banking is to capitalize on jurisdictions that offer a low or zero percent tax on their wealth. Offshore banking can cater to investors of all levels and the process to open an offshore account is relatively simple and similar to that of your standard local bank account.

Benefits of an Offshore Bank Account

Offshore banking has been long considered to be an option only available to the wealthy, however in recent times it has often been employed by individuals or companies that wish to invest their money to gain immediate and long term financial benefits.

When opening a bank account overseas, effective tax planning and account anonymity are two aspects which are considered with upmost importance. Other advantages of offshore banking include;

Economic and financial stability of the chosen jurisdiction
Low or zero percent tax
Safe and secure banking enabling anonymity
Flexibility in terms of access to funds globally
Enhanced legal and political conditions
Improved asset protection
Higher interest rates from banks in selected jurisdictions

Essentially an offshore account provides the means for wealth to be protected, preserved and ultimately increased, as favorable conditions are often offered by offshore banks. These factors have contributed to the increasing number of investors opting to deposit their money in international bank accounts.

The more favorable jurisdictions considered for offshore account opening provide low or zero percent tax, often referred to as ‘tax havens’, such as the BVI, Cayman Islands and Seychelles. Most tax havens ensure that your account details are kept in confidence, providing improved and enhanced asset protection.

Process of Opening an Offshore Bank Account

Finding a suitable jurisdiction

When deciding to open an offshore bank account, the first step is to determine which jurisdiction favors the investor the most. It is often recommended to acquire the assistance and guidance of a professional firm on order to assist with the process. There is a wide selection of jurisdictions which need to be considered when opening an offshore bank account as each poses its own benefits to investors.

Begin the account opening procedure

Once an appropriate jurisdiction is chosen, you can initiate the account opening process. A professional firm who has contacts with reputable banks internationally can liaise with the bank on the behalf of the client ensuring that the process is completed in line with all legalities. In the event that you do not seek assistance from a firm, locating a jurisdiction to open an offshore account is the first step to establishing it.

Locating a suitable banking institution

After a jurisdiction has been chosen, research on the local banks and finally determining which bank offers the best interest rate and services to your specific requirements should be conducted. This will enable you to determine the regulations the bank must comply with, how they open accounts, and whether you need to travel overseas to open the account – if they require personal presence.

Most offshore banks are flexible in their procedure and may not require the client to travel.

Selecting a bank account type

This is followed by finding out what type of account the client requires. The type of bank account will also determine what documentation is needed and the legal requirements the offshore bank must satisfy. For example, in order to open a corporate offshore account, a minimum amount of capital is required and this figure may vary with different jurisdictions.

Supplying the required documentation

The documentation that is needed can then be processed after the above factors have been determined. The procedure after this point is dependent on the bank’s application process and the jurisdiction’s laws. Generally, an offshore bank will require certain documentation, including a proof of identity, proof of address, while corporate and investment accounts may have additional requirements such as business plans or minimum amount of investment.

Types of Bank Accounts available

The three main categories of offshore bank accounts are personal, corporate and investment. The type of account will determine the bank account opening process. Any type of bank account you decide to open must meet the specific requirements of the jurisdiction and the chosen offshore bank.

Personal Account – A personal bank account is one which an individual opens for private use, and not for business purposes. One of the main reasons for a personal account is to enhance an individual’s personal capital, thus enabling an individual to benefit from an offshore jurisdiction with low or no tax and potentially improved political and economic conditions.

Corporate Account – In contrast, a corporate bank account is one which is employed by companies and businesses therefore the services offered in this account are specifically tailored for businesses. A minimum amount of capital is required in order to establish the corporate account.

Investment Account – An investment account presents potential investors with the perfect environment to manage their wealth and deal with their funds. It can also serve the purpose of buying stocks, mutual funds, custodial accounts and individual brokerage accounts. This type of account is classified as a financial tool as it enables investors to buy stocks and bonds whilst offering high security and profitable returns.

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Diffusion and Implementation of Forensic Accounting in Countries of Business Opacity

Introduction

The increasing awareness of financial crimes is growing the demand for forensic accountants to help detect illegal financial activity by companies, individuals, and organized crime rings. No matter how much fraud activities increase, there must always be an anti-fraud scheme to shield against it. To provide availability of balance and protection from illegal business acts is the main reason why Forensic Accounting (FA) exists.

With the pressing need for Forensic Accounting as a tool to fight fraud, this article studies its applicability in countries of opaque business practices, probes the accessible means that would help in introducing it to the culture, and spots the areas where it is radically needed especially in the countries of financial cloudiness and opacity. The results are based on quantitative and qualitative studies in Lebanon for being perceived as an opaque country, sharing the same characteristics that define nations with fraudulent financial behaviour suffering from a high level of financial corruption such as money laundering, lack of transparency or adequate financial disclosures as well as corruption at the level of management, supervisory boards and even governments themselves.

The results of the studies reveal that Forensic Accounting is perceived as a means to overcome fraudulent behaviour. Most of the respondents either agreed or strongly agreed on the need to incorporate it in order to prevent fraud and for detection purposes as a primary need. However, the respondents considered this to be new in Lebanon with a highest percentage of people (56.36%) reporting that it wasn’t used by Lebanese companies due to the lack of awareness, privacy issues, the nature and type of businesses (family businesses and SMEs), lack of guidance concerning the standards (local or international) that should be applied and lack for proper regulations. Yet respondents showed a positive attitude towards the implementation in Lebanon as financially corrupted country. Thus with such an encouraging perception amongst respondents, the issue remains in the introduction and diffusion of Forensic Accounting.

The outcomes of the studies also supported the idea of setting a law that mandates all sectors to submit a Forensic Accounting report. The idea of setting a law that enforces companies to file such a report was embraced by the majority of respondents who also considered that the best means of introducing this system in a country of opaque business country is through the educational curriculum via the graduate programs. DIFA (Diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting) as well as the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) were recommended as the certifications that should be granted in the corrupted countries as in the case of Lebanon.

Research Question and Hypotheses

The discussion of the study results are based on the research questions that investigated “To what extent is Forensic Accounting applicable? And how could it be introduced?” In order to answer these questions, there is a need to identify if such a scheme is known at any levels and sectors or if it is used or applied as a procedure by financially corrupted companies or governmental institutions.

The suggested hypotheses are analysed and evaluated according to the findings.

Hypothesis 1: Countries with Opaque Business Practices Need Forensic Accounting as a Tool to Fight Fraud and Corruption.

This study revealed that there is an eagerness to have Forensic Accounting in financially fraudulent countries due to the extensive corruptive acts that are committed and still are without any observation and punishment because the fraudster always gets away with it due to the absence the adequate and proper tool to identify and discover these acts. Hereby the urgent need to introduce it in countries with opaque business practices and to create awareness about this procedure in different fields and sectors mainly in the financial fields and governmental sectors.

This anti-fraud scheme was regarded as an appropriate tool to fight corruption since it has the legal accessibility and techniques needed to reveal fraud. An additional point is the positive perception towards it and the high acceptance to implement it in financially opaque countries, with a lot of encouragement to use it in institutions or companies.

Hypothesis 2: Forensic Accounting is Not a Common Practice at Present.

The findings indicate that Forensic Accounting is known in the countries of business opacity such as Lebanon, by practitioner accountants, educators, and auditing & accounting firms. Despite that the survey and interviews’ results proved that this practice is known, it is not commonly used or practiced by audit firms since it is not frequently requested.

On the educational level, there is no emphasis on the subject in the educational systems. FA is not given as a course or as part of a course in universities’ curriculum. Moreover, there are no certifications specialized in this field such as DIFA, but there are other well-known accounting certifications, such as CPA.

Therefore, what can be concluded is that there are no auditors or accountants, who are expert in this anti-fraud field in the countries where fraudulent business practices prevail. These countries lack the skills that could be acquired from the educational background and from the experience gained from working in this field.

The governmental and legal sectors suffer from a total absence of Forensic Accounting. That being the case, there is no regulation that imposes its use in solving financial issues or in evaluating financial statements, and there is no law that distinguishes the testimony of Forensic accountants from the testimony of any other audit. Forensic accountant in financially corrupted countries has no privilege on the credibility level inside courts, he/she is not used as an expert or reference inside courts.

Hypothesis 3: Different Means to Introduce Forensic Accounting in Countries with Opaque Business Practices

Respondents, as the results show, were very positive regarding introducing Forensic Accounting in countries with opaque business practices and they suggested many ways to be effectively executed in order to provide a good implementation of this new tool.

The suggested means involved many solutions and targeted different sectors. It even targeted the psychological factor, which was developed by cultural and social aspects, and which could play a major role in making the change to fight corruption and fraud in the financially corrupted countries.

Results and Discussion

Main changes should be performed to introduce Forensic Accounting in countries with opaque business practices. These changes must target four basic elements that would contribute in creating a solid ground and positive perception, the strategic plan includes:

I. Cultural & Sociological Changes:

“There Must Be a Change in the Culture of People in the Countries with Opaque Business Practices.”

The results of the conducted in-depth interviews showed that many respondents drew attention about the fact that the mentality of people in the countries with opaque business practices should be changed in order to increase the level of acceptance and consequently increase the commitment in applying Forensic Accounting.

The participants stressed on the importance to modify the culture of financially disrupted countries because they believe that having someone to look into their internal operations is a violation to their privacy. Besides, they don’t trust someone outside the company or institution to come and scrutinize their financials.

Another problem that exists in the mentality of people in the countries with opaque business practices is that the employees, managers or business owners feel unfairly paid and are stolen all the times by the government. For that reason, they believe that they have the right to steal back having the permissible excuse to commit fraud.

These facts that were expressed by the interviewees are also compatible with the findings of previous researches indicating that the cultural and sociological factors provide a solid platform for fraudulent activities, which created an acceptance for the corruptive acts that are considered as norms and justified practices in the societies of financially corrupted countries (Brownsberger, 1983; Adra, 2006; UN, 2001).

II. Changes in Educational Systems:

“Forensic Accounting Should Be Introduced in the Educational Sector.”

Almost all respondents conferred a high degree of importance for introducing Forensic Accounting in the educational sector in financially corrupted countries. Almost all respondents believed that it should be taught in universities as a course or a graduate major or as case studies in an audit related course. Suggestions also included considering it as a specialty in educational institutions that grant CPA or any other certifications related to auditing or accounting.

Respondents and interviewees also suggested introducing Forensic Accounting through workshops and seminars with the assistance of experts and skillful forensic accountants.

They also showed an acceptance for the online educational programs since DIFA is not available in most financially corrupted countries while it is available in USA. Therefore online education could shorten the distance to people who cannot leave work and are interested to be specialized in this field.

The participants also recommended that employees and managers who are responsible for the financials of the company should be educated and submitted to an intensive training to develop their skills to enable them to detect fraudulent activities within the company.

III. Changes in Governmental System:

“Forensic Accounting Should Be Introduced in the Governmental Sector.”

The National Integrity System Study, published by LTA in 2011, shows that corruption governs all sectors and all branches of financially corrupted governments. But in order to expose corruption and fraud there must be a tool or a law that could help to point out where these activities are occurring and a legal path to assure that this tool is effective.

Most of the participants in the study thought that it is important to introduce Forensic Accounting to governmental sector where the latter should give more attention and care about this subject, even though they didn’t give an importance to the governmental role in the introduction process.

They also recommended that the ministry of finance should launch an awareness campaign about the subject through media, road panels, and social media.

More importance is granted to the syndicate of accounting, whereby the participants believe that training sessions, workshops, and seminars should be set in order to train skillful forensic accountants who could practice Forensic Accounting, when it is requested. It is the role of the syndicate to spread awareness since it has the power, the knowledge, and the interest.

IV. Changes in Legal System:

“Forensic Accounting Should Be Introduced in the Legal Sectors.”

Respondents believe that Forensic Accounting should be introduced in the legal systems since the testimony of the forensic accountant is acknowledged in courts in other countries.

LTA (2011) highlighted on the importance to ensure that the current laws are sufficiently robust to prosecute even presidents and ministers when corruptive acts are revealed. There should be a law that acknowledge it is a legislative tool to fight corruption.

The participants also emphasized on the need of having court experts in this domain in the legal system since the fraudster is able to get away with his/her acts due to the difficulty to reveal the manipulation that happened, the associates, or the level of involvement in the fraudulent activities. The interviewees also stressed on the importance of changing the law to ensure a real punishment for the fraudster.

The necessity to track financial information and overcome opaque business practices is becoming a pressing need. Financial crimes are prevailing in different sectors in a single country and are committed by different parties. Another important point demonstrated in this study is that countries of opaque business practices tend to share similar characteristics that make them a magnet for fraudulent activities such as money laundering, tax avoidance/evasion and related corrupt workings are the products of some distant regimes and countries titles as tax havens.

Opaque business countries tend to have secrecy laws, poor regulations, artificial taxes, lack of public accountability and poor corporate governance in countries such as Luxembourg, Austria, Singapore, Switzerland and many others that in return facilitate economic uncertainty, instability, crime, flight of capital and damage to citizen-state contracts all over the world of course not to mention the damaging the social well-fare of the countries. Fraud has its roots in different government and companies mainly in managerial positions such as CEOs.

Conclusion

Financial crimes and fraudulent behavior is not new and citizens, though are aware of the disadvantages of the such practices, are not well informed about the counter measures that might otherwise put an end to these practices. This in turn highlights the importance of forensic accounting as a means to stop fraudulent practices. However, the adoption and implementation is not an easy process that can happen immediately. An understanding of the techniques can assist forensic accountants in identifying fraudulent behavior. It is “the application of accounting knowledge and investigative skills to identify and resolve legal issues. It is the science of using accounting as a tool to identify and develop proof of money flow. These tools and techniques can be invaluable for fraud and forensic accounting investigators” (Houck et al., 2006). Houck (2006) also talked about two major components, “litigation services that recognize the role of an accountant as an expert consultant, and investigative services that use a forensic accountant’s skills and may require possible courtroom testimony.” According to the definition developed by the AICPA’s Forensic and Litigation Services Committee, “forensic accounting may involve the application of special skills in accounting, auditing, finance, quantitative methods, the law, and research. It also requires investigative skills to collect, analyse, and evaluate financial evidence, as well as the ability to interpret and communicate findings.” In other words, it includes the different areas of litigation support, investigation, and dispute resolution and, therefore, is the intersection between accounting, investigation, and the law.

Fraud detection is a methodology and process to resolve the different types of fraud from embezzlement to money laundry, disposition, obtaining evidence, writing report and testifying. Therefore, forensic accountants who can apply such a process professionally and are able to detect, investigate and thus prevent fraud occurrence are needed.

However, the introduction and diffusion process requires work at the macro level via culture and the government and legislations (the primary facilitator) and at the micro level via educational institutions and management. It is the work of the entire community.

At first, the culture must be altered to create a higher level of awareness regarding Forensic Accounting. As the results of the quantitative research proved, people might be aware of it however they are unaware of the different practices, the required diplomas, or even the characteristics that make a person an eligible forensic accountant. The qualitative research also assures the results of the quantitative one regarding, but not limited to the need of having a law that requires companies to submit a Forensic Accounting report. Thus the need to change culture implies acquiring new knowledge, hence a change in values, norms, and practices. This concept implies that if a change is made in cultures of financially corrupted and opaque business practices, it will result in changes in the people’s practices, norms, and values, hence their behaviors; at the end, it will create an awareness and knowledge about fraud and how to fight it and the tools that could be used to inhibit it.

Governments should also strictly organize and control financial practices and set a law that mandates the submission of an FA report. It is worth mentioning, that according to the results of both quantitative and qualitative research, interviewees tend to view governments as the sector with the highest percentage of fraud. Educational institutions can have a great impact in the adoption and implementation process.

Interviewees viewed forensic accounting education as being relevant and beneficial to accounting students, the business community, the accounting profession, and accounting programs. It is not only restricted to university programs, there is also a specialized certificate that is concerned in this field, which is the Diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting (DIFA) program. DIFA is designed to provide a broad range of knowledge and skills to carry out financial investigations. Employee and management fraud, theft, embezzlement, and other financial crimes are increasing, therefore accounting and auditing personnel must have training and skills to recognize those crimes. In addition, high-visibility corporate scandals, such as Enron and WorldCom, demonstrate the need to better prepare entry-level accounting graduates and practicing CPAs in the areas of fraud prevention, deterrence, detection, investigation, and remediation (Houck et al., 2006).

Managements should also apply their own internal controls and to have a well-implemented corporate governance to control the falsified reporting. This, in addition to the mentioned law that requires the submission of a report to the government will definitely put an end to any fraud committed. For instance, terrorists of the September 11 attacks used the international banking system to fund their activities, transfer money, and hide their finances (Houck et al., 2006). This highlights the need to for investigators to understand how financial information can provide clues as to future threats. Due to these fraudulent practices, public awareness of fraud and forensic accounting came to highlight the need for financial professionals demonstrating the necessary training and skills to sense and act at any important evidence generated from financial information.

The following summarizes the results of the surveys done revealing the age group of the Lebanese respondents, their work experience, educational background, whether or not they heard about it and whether they consider it as vital in Lebanon being a country of business opacity. Also summarized is what respondents consider as the best way to introduce and implement Forensic Accounting in Lebanon.

Most respondents were Lebanese, aged between 18 and 30 years old, held a Master degree and worked in Finance with 6 years of experience and more. Most respondents also heard and read about forensic accounting but didn’t know if Lebanese companies use it, however, agreed on the importance of using it in Lebanon benefiting all the work fields, especially financial institutions. They also agreed about its positive advantages in providing better future, positive impact on business, and safer business.

Moreover, most respondents supported the idea of having a law that requires all sectors to submit an FA report. It’s important to mention that 75% of the respondents who didn’t encourage this action worked in the field of finance.

Furthermore, educational programs were considered as the best way to introduce Forensic Accounting (few have given a role to governmental efforts) believing in its ability to maintain its integrity, but not in all sectors. Respondents also agreed on the importance of the DIFA certification and that DIFA diploma should be included in Lebanese universities’ programs. Finally, most respondents thought the best means to acquire FA is to outsource audit firms that perform such services.

Understanding the Different Types of Merchant Accounts

When you are starting a business you will need to consider how you expect to process credit cards. This is done through a process called a merchant account, there are a variety of different accounts available and which will suit your needs best will depend on the type of business and physical set up you have available for you company. Gone are the days where business only accepted cash or paper check. We are now living in a virtual world where plastic is the way to pay. Your business will not have a chance of making it without accepting credit cards and obtaining a quality and consistent credit card processing account to do so. Depending on the type of business you run you may take cards physically in your location where the customer would actually physically swipe the card or you may obtain the information over the internet through your online webs store. No matter the type of platform you use it is important to be sure you are considering all options for your business.

Merchants accounts are accounts with a band or payment processing center that allow you to actually physically accept and draw money from the credit card for your businesses products or services. Many different platforms exist including physical locations, e-commerce and telephone processing. The beauty of excepting credit cards it will allow you to have customers from all the world opening many opportunities for you to grow your business.

There are two many types of merchant service accounts which are card present and card not present accounts. These basic types also have a variety of subgroups, which we will discuss in detail below.

A card present account is just that, the card is present at the time of swiping the card on the transaction. This is the type of transaction where the merchant is able to take the physical credit card from the client and swipe it through their magnetic card reader. These type of processing accounts are very low risk as the customer themselves is present when they make the purchase and are required to sign, which shows they made the purchase. This merchant account will also yield you the lowest fees and rates. Physical retail locations will want to consider this type of account, as it is most convenient for their customers and will cost them the least amount of money in the long run. It is also important for a retail location such as this consider a mail order credit card processing account as well.

When a vender has a portable credit card machine this is called a wireless merchant processing account. The vender will still swipe the customers card the same way but the actual credit card machine is portable and wireless allowing for portability and use of the machine in various locations. The fees with this type of account remain very low but the cost for equipment is higher for this type of unit. This would be a good option if you area business that needs to accept credit cards while you are in the field. This would include home repairs, craft or farmers market sellers or salespeople. This will greatly increase the number of sales you can receive from your business.

A store and forward account is the type of credit card processing account where the credit card information is stored but not processed into a handheld machine. Once the unit is hooked up to a phone line and Internet connection the unit will process all stored credit cards. Since the real time credit approval is not granted. This is an option that is ideal for business that are on the go and require credit card acceptance but have low ticket value and few credit card declines. It is very similar to a wireless account but more cost effective for the merchant.

There are a few smaller types of accounts designed for specialty businesses. The first is a grocery merchant service account, which is specifically designed for locations that sell perishable food and no gasoline. It does not have to be a large market but it does have to meet the guidelines. These types of accounts are generally considered very low risk and have very low fees. Lodging accounts are for those businesses that are within a hotel, motel or other unit where customers spend the night. The lodging accounts have much higher rates then most card present locations. This is due to the fact of various incidental charges that can be accumulated during a customers stay which may cause the card to be declined at the final point of sale. One final kind of specific card present account is the restaurant merchant account. This allows the restaurant to authorize the customer’s card and then go back and adjust for gratuity. These types of restaurant accounts can get a bit tricky to use and could end up costing the restaurant on high tip amounts. It is very important to consider all these options before signing up for a restaurant processing account.

We will now discuss card not present accounts. This is exactly as it sounds the physical card is not present to the vendor when they take the credit card information. This would the main type of account for all Internet based business, telephone sales and mail order business. It is impossible to guarantee the cardholder was present when the order was placed with the card. The only way you can prove that is with card present accounts as the customer has to swipe the card in the vendors process and can be asked fro identification if necessary. Card not present accounts are a much higher risk because of this and in turn will have much higher fees. When you are reviewing various credit card processing solutions you will have a different rate for card present versus card not present merchant accounts. This is even true if your company holds both types of accounts. It is important to take all these things into consideration when determining what would be the best option for your business.

An Internet account is a card not present account that is used by e-commerce businesses to process orders in real time over the Internet. This is all completed through an electronic gateway that will accept or decline the card in an instant. If the card is declined the customer can use a different card or their order will not be processed. These types of accounts are used when the Internet is the main store front for the business and most of their sales are conducted in this fashion. It is important to have a good payment-processing gateway when working online as it allows the totals from your websites shopping carts be processed right into the merchant account without any human interaction. This is convenient for customers to be able to make purchases on the spot without anyone helping them. Using this form of payment process gateway and processing account will allow the online website and business to accept payments 24 hours a day seven days a week anywhere around the world. Most Online merchant accounts will also allow the option for the merchant to key in the customer’s information for processing. Online transactions will have much higher fees then your card present account because of the various risks associated with card not present merchant accounts.

Mail order accounts are among the most popular types of card not present merchant accounts. How a mail order account works is the customer fills out all their credit card information on a card or order form that is then mailed to the customer for processing. The Merchant will typically will manually enter all the cards information and then process the card. Once the card has successfully be accepted the order will then be fulfilled. Mail order merchant accounts do receive the best rates of any card not present account, as they tend to have the lowest decline rates for this type of credit card processing account.

Another type of card not present merchant account is the touch tone telephone merchant account. This type of merchant account operates exactly as you would expect. The customer or merchant enters all their card information over a touch tone phone for processing. No credit card equipment is needed all card information is gathered from the phone and verbal prompt system and then processed. The system will automatically approve or decline the transaction. An authorization number will then be provided which should be marked down on a receipt for the customer. It is crucial you have an imprint machine for these types of transactions if possible. The rates on this type of merchant accounts are significantly higher because of both the risk as well as the fact that a third party touch tone system typically will be involved.

It is important to think about all these options for your business to decide which one will work best for you. Many merchants do need more then one type of merchant account one for their physical store location and another for their website e-commerce store. Take the time to imagine how you will be processing credit card transactions and consider if your business will require payments on the go, payments online or will customers be mailing in orders. You will also need to think about what your average transaction amount will be. This average transaction or ticket amount will determine some of your fees as well. It is important for you to have a good idea on where this transaction amount will fall.

One thing to keep in mind any business may have more then one type of merchant account. Stores may have your traditional swipe physical merchant account and they may also run an e-commerce store and have a webs based merchant account to take credit cards on their website. The largest difference among merchant accounts are the format in which they accept payments and the monthly fees and discount rates to use each of the different types of accounts. Your fees will also depend on the nature of the type of business you are conducting. The fees and discount rates are determined by business and the risk associated with taking a card in each environment.

It is important to take the time to really research all your options when it comes to the perfect merchant account solution for your business. If you take the time to review all the different areas it will make the decision much easier and allow your business to handle credit card processing to the bets of its ability. The businesses ability to process credit cards will dramatically affect how successful the business is. It is important to get the best possible merchant account to ensure the most success from your business venture.