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Privacy Statement

By using PayGo Service, or voluntarily providing your information to us, you consent to the collection and use of all information as set forth in this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement, please do not provide us with any information and do not use PayGo Service. This Privacy Statement is incorporated into and subject to the Terms of Use for PayGo Service.

Via the PayGo wallet, we collect from you personally identifiable information, technical and other information.

  • Registration
    - Receive and view SMS messages sent by PayGo *
    - Phone number **

  • Know your customer service **
    - Name
    - Surname
    - Date of birth
    - Gender
    - Email
    - Address
    - Document (National ID or Passport or Driver’s License)
    - Selfie with document

  • Kiosk map
    - Access your device location *

  • Making payments
    - Access your device contacts *

  • Pay QR
    - Take pictures and record video *
    - Access photos, media and files on your device *

  • Other
    - Device model
    - Device information (do not contain user data)
    - Device OS version

* your permission is required


** information provided by you

All this information is transmitted via a secure channel and PayGo is responsible for the security of the information provided by users.

Our Use of Information. We collect, retain, and use your personally identifiable information for legitimate business purposes only, including, without limitation, the following: to respond to an inquiry from you or address a request submitted by you (including contacting you directly to request additional information to process your inquiry or request); to contact you and to provide you information regarding our services; to operate or improve the PayGo wallet; to comply with applicable laws, regulations and rules, and requests of relevant law enforcement and/or other governmental agencies; to enforce our Terms of Use; and/or to protect the rights, property, or safety of PayGo, our users, and others.


Welcome to PayGo (hereinafter referred to as the “PayGo”, “We”, “Us”, “Our”), owned and operated by PayGo SEA (Cambodia) Plc and having its address at No. 144 Delano Building, 1st Floor, Corner of Streets 134 and 169, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

PayGo is a processing company in the business of innovative payment processing and technology solutions to provide payment collection and accept payments (“Service”).

By using the Service, you are entering into an agreement with PayGo, you confirm that you have read all the terms and conditions (“Terms”) of the agreement, that you understand them and that you agree to be legally bound by them. If you don’t agree with these Terms, then please don’t use the Service.


PayGo reserves the right to recover the cost of services, collection charges and lawyers’ fees from persons using the Service fraudulently.

PayGo may at any time revise these terms and conditions by updating the Terms. You agree to be bound by subsequent revisions and agree to review the Terms periodically for changes to the terms and conditions. The most up to date version of the Terms will always be available for your review on



the terms and conditions as detailed herein including all schedules, appendices, annexures, privacy policy, other policies related to the Service and will include the references to this agreement as amended, negated, supplemented, varied or replaced from time to time.


payments processing service provided by PayGo through its technology solutions to Users.


natural or legal person having full capacity in compliance with effective legislation of Cambodia, who entered the Agreement by accepting the Terms.

Technology solutions

the PayGo products such as PayGo Wallet, PayGo Kiosks and other.

PayGo Wallet

a smartphone application (developed for Android and Apple users) which allows PayGo users to make instant money transfers and payments for the services and pay on the Internet straight from their mobile phones.

PayGo Kiosks

fully automated self-service machines for reception of payments from any customer for mobile top up, money transfer, Internet, commercial and cable TV, top up of electronic wallets and other payments.


the feature offered to Users to register User Account in PayGo system by providing User Phone Number through registration form in PayGo Wallet. Once the registration is completed, then Users can add money to their Account Balance and make payments for services, available in PayGo Service.

PayGo System

a set of technologies and solutions which allows PayGo to provide Service to Users.

User Account

a record in PayGo system, which shows information about User, payments history and funds added to User Account Balance.

User Phone Number acts as an identifier of the User Account in the PayGo account.

User Phone Number

a phone number, given to User by a mobile network operator at the moment of User’s connection to the network of a mobile operator, definitely identifying a person who entered with such mobile network operator into mobile network service agreement. This agreement must be executed on paper specifying any parties thereto and User’s ability to receive and process any voice communications, receive and send SMS and USSD messages by such phone number.

Authentication data

a data provided by User to PayGo to authenticate User in the PayGo system

User Account Balance

the amount of cash assets available to User with the purpose to require from PayGo to make payments in favor of a Payee. User Account Balance shall be formed by adding money by User to PayGo account in order to increase balance.


a transaction for the generation, confirmation and transfer by the User to PayGo the data on transfer of funds available on User Account Balance in order to make payment to Payee.


a legal person, individual entrepreneur and/or natural person having full legal capacity and competence according to effective legislation of Kingdom of Cambodia, carrying out activity in selling Goods to directly final consumers for personal, family or household use, in favor of which User shall make settlements using Service.


goods, works and services sold by Payee to final consumers (Users) for their personal, family and household use.

PayGo KYC system

an automated system for identifying and verifying the identity of Users.

Damage banknotes

official US Dollar banknotes which are not accepted by the operational bank of PayGo due to its physical condition.


PayGo and User both

Subject of the Agreement

PayGo shall provide to User the Service in order to carry out User’s settlements in favor of Payee and User agrees with terms and conditions of the Agreement.


With the purpose to get authorization to use the Service, User should sign up to the PayGo System through the PayGo Wallet application by providing User’s Phone Number.

User Account in the PayGo System is created as follows:

  1. Download and install PayGo Wallet from Google Play or AppStore to your smartphone

  2. After installation open the app and enter your mobile phone number to register the wallet;

  3. You will receive 4-digit security code by SMS. Enter that code into the corresponding field and press OK

  4. Set any 4-digits as your personal password

  5. Re-type your password

  6. Enter Promo Code. (Enter the PayGo Wallet ID of your friend who recommended PayGo Wallet to you). If you don't have Promo Code – press Skip

  7. Now your PayGo Wallet is installed and is ready to use

Adding funds to User Account Balance

With the purpose to operate Services provided by PayGo, User should add funds to User Account Balance in the amount chosen at the discretion of User by one of methods as follow:

  • payment of the appropriate amount of funds through PayGo Kiosks;

  • payment of the appropriate amount of funds through the ABA bank cashier;

  • payment of the appropriate amount of funds to the PayGo account by money transfer operation through the other credit organization contracted with PayGo;

  • payment of the appropriate amount of funds to the PayGo account by transacting through the bank account of User opened at any credit organization contracted with PayGo.

Damage Banknotes

PayGo reserves the right to block User Account in case User inserted damaged banknotes into PayGo Kiosk.

User shall replace all damaged banknotes with proper ones and hand them to a PayGo representative.

In case User refuses to change damaged banknotes with proper ones – PayGo reserves the right to write-off 50 (fifty) percent of each damaged banknote face value from User Account Balance.

Funds on User Account Balance

The rights to funds on User Account Balance are confirmed by submission of the corresponding letter by User with the copy of the agreement concluded between User and mobile network operator attached to provide mobile network services that allow User the privilege to use the mobile phone number specified by User during the registration, and a copy of the passport or any other document to acknowledge User’s identity.

If User fails to submit the documents specified above within Thirty (30) calendar days since the date of the corresponding notification, PayGo is entitled to terminate the Agreement in its sole discretion.


As soon as User is signed to User Account and the Account Balance is positive, User can use the Service.

Payment operations are effected by User through making, certifying and allowing PayGo the authorization to make payments in favor of the particular Payee.

The right to make payments on behalf of User is allowed through submission of payment details by User including information on:

  • Payee who will receive the payment;

  • Payment information which identifies the purpose of Payment (for example, mobile phone number, account number and other information depending on the type of information required to be submitted to make payments);

  • Payment amount; and so forth

by one of methods as follow:

1) by completing the appropriate form at PayGo kiosk;

2) by completing the appropriate form in PayGo Wallet app.

PayGo deals with a request from User to make a payment using User’s Account Balance on the Terms, accepted by User at the request in exchange for the corresponding Service provided by PayGo.

PayGo undertakes to record in the electronic register any cases of occurrence, modifications or termination of the mutual rights and obligations of the Parties under the Agreement.

User acknowledges that PayGo obligations to User to execute requests to make payments shall be considered fulfilled in full since the time of debiting funds in the amount of payments from the correspondent User Account in the PayGo System in favor of the Payee in accordance with the detailed information provided by User.

PayGo does not regulate or control the legitimacy of transactions between User and Payee and their terms, as well as the fact and consequences of the mutual agreement, execution and cancellation of transactions, including refunds on such transactions and payment by User and/or Payee of any applicable tax charges. Moreover, PayGo does not consider User claims associated with non-fulfillment (improper fulfillment) by Payee of transaction liabilities, including obligations under the transaction to transfer items purchased by User.


To better understand our Users and help to manage the safety of their accounts, we require all Users to submit the following information and documents to PayGo KYC system through PayGo Wallet app:

  1. User’s questionnaire completed

  2. photo of document which certifies User’s identity (National ID or passport)

  3. photo of User holding the document (National ID or passport or driving license)

PayGo KYC system will check the User’s information and documents and:

  • verify User Account if all documents are correct or

  • reject the uploaded documents if they are not correct. User can upload documents again.

In both cases PayGo KYC system will send the corresponding message about the verification status to User.

In case of termination of the agreement concluded between User and mobile network operator followed by annulment of the mobile phone number specified by User during the registration of User Account in PayGo system, User is obliged to stop using the Service based on Authentication data which include the mobile phone number mentioned above and terminate the agreement concluded by User and PayGo.


PayGo sets the following limits for verified Users:

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Payment Type


Verified Users

Top Up
Bill Payment
Wallet Deposits

Max balance of the wallet

2,500 USD

Max amount of 1 deposit

1,000 USD

Max amount of 1 transaction

1,000 USD

Max transactions per 1 day

100 transactions

Daily limit

1,000 USD

Monthly limit

2,500 USD

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PayGo sets the following limits for Virtual Card payments:

The limit is 1000 (one thousand) USD for the period from Monday 00:00 to next Monday 00:00.

In case User exceeds any of limits above, PayGo is entitled:

  • to reject the User’s request to make a payment;

  • to block User Account until all required documents are submitted.

PayGo is not responsible for the consequences caused by exceeding the limits.


Making payments related to cryptocurrency using PayGo Service such as Bitcoins and other is strictly prohibited!

In case User is involved in payments related to cryptocurrency, PayGo is entitled to disable User Account and not to refund to User money kept on that User Account Balance.

Service Fee

Top up/bill payments and money transfer

PayGo determines the service fee charge to complete User's request to make a payment. PayGo informs the User about the service fee charge of each service at the time User forms the request to make a payment.

Card payments

PayGo set the following service fee for card payments:

  • 0.10 USD for all card payments lower in the amount than 5 USD

  • 2% of the payment amount for all card payments higher in the amount than 5 USD

Correction of Payments

In case User made a payment and would like to change Payee details, User shall submit the request to PayGo support team not later than 14 (fourteen) days after the payment is made.

PayGo is entitled not to check requests submitted later than 14 (fourteen) days after the payment is made.

PayGo may change Payee details in case the payment was notcompleted successfully.

If the payment was completed successfully, PayGo can not change any details of the payment.

In case User transferred money to the wrong PayGo Account and provided proof of that incorrect payment, PayGo reserves the right to block this wrong PayGo Account until the clarification of the dispute.

Refunds of Virtual Card Payments

In case User made a successful virtual card payment and received funds return from merchant, User shall submit the corresponding request to PayGo support. PayGo will check it and if the request details are correct, PayGo will refund money in the amount not higher than original payment amount to User Account Balance during 2 working days.

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In case User made a successful virtual card payment but merchant has not sent a withdrawal request to PayGo, PayGo is entitled to deduct the payment amount from User Account Balance and keep it on PayGo bank account during 32 (thirty-two) days after the payment is made. After this period User shall submit the corresponding request to PayGo support and PayGo will refund the payment amount to User Account Balance during 2 working days if merchant has not withdrawn the payment amount from PayGo bank account.

User’s Rights and Responsibilities

User has the right to use Service in full dealing with payment transactions through appropriate operations specified by this Agreement in the sequence defined by PayGo. Description of the range of services provided by PayGo is published in mass media and appears permanently on PayGo website.

User is entitled to use the Service at its sole discretion based on Authentication data. Use of PayGo services is limited by the obligation imposed to User not to reproduce, replicate or copy, sell or transfer, as well as not to use for any commercial purposes any elements of the PayGo System, as well as not to allow any access to third parties.

The right to use the Service upon signing up to the system and using User Account is exclusive and nontransferable.

In case if User allows access to its Authentication data to third parties, User shall bear the responsibility to the full extent for operations made by such third parties using the Service as well as for the damage caused by such third parties to service providers, to PayGo and to User Account.

User has the right to refuse from the Service provided by PayGo at any time.

User is obliged to keep its Authentication data away from third parties.

In case of loss of Authentication data, User is obliged to notify PayGo on an immediate effect.

In case of failure to notify and/or undue notification sent by User to PayGo on the loss of Authentication data, PayGo shall commit to no responsibility for the damage caused to User Account.

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Moreover, User is obliged to reimburse PayGo for the damage caused to services providers and/or the PayGo when User’s Authentication data was used.

User is entitled to submit a request to get a payment history of his/her User Account for payments made within 6 (six) calendar months preceding the request date. PayGo provides such information within 2 (two) working days since the date when the appropriate request is received from User.

User is notified and agrees with that all operation related to the system services are possible with correctly entered Authentication data.

By entering into this Agreement, User agrees on processing of his/her personal data by PayGo, and in particular, on the following actions to be done: compilation, classification, integration, safe keeping, adjustment (upgrading, modifying), use, dissemination (as well as transfer), impersonation, commitment, annulment, as well as to fulfill requirements of regulatory acts aimed to counteract legalization of monetary assets acquired illegally. The procedures stated above may be performed automatically.

User agrees that PayGo has the right to transfer User's personal data to third parties to be able to make payments providing there is duly concluded agreement between PayGo and such third parties.

User agrees that PayGo has the right to transfer User's personal data to authorized bodies in case of overuse of rights of User

User confirms the availability of the current agreement on provision of mobile network services with the mobile network operator that is certified to provide such services executed on behalf of User and certifying User’s right to use the mobile phone number specified by User when signing up User Account and is obliged to submit the said agreement at short notice from PayGo to identify User and certify its rights to operate User Account.

User allows the right to PayGo make voice calls, send text messages to User, using User’s phone number and email for the following purposes:

  • to increase the safety level of the Service, including cases of payment effect in favor of payment recipients;

  • to inform Users on new products, services and operations provided by PayGo;

  • to forward messages of commercial and informative nature, including information on products and services provided by third parties;

  • to issue information inquiries on confirmation of requested operation completion;

  • to address to User with additional information as instructed by the payment recipient in favor of which the payment was effected through PayGo.

Not Active Users

In case User has not made any payment during 3 (three) months, PayGo is entitled to disable User Account without possibility to enable it. Also all User's personal data and transaction history will be removed from PayGo System and Account Balance will be annulled.

Confidentiality and Safety

The Parties shall undertake to take any necessary measures as to the safety and protection of information and documents, that are exchanged within the Service or that are available to the Parties regarding Use of Service.

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User shall undertake to independently take all necessary measures to keep confidential, prevent any unauthorized use and to protect his/her Authentication data from any unauthorized access by third parties. User shall undertake not to inform his/her Authentication data to any third parties.

With the purpose to prevent from any unauthorized use and to protect own Authentication data from any unauthorized access by third parties using any remote access channels, User shall undertake to independently install on technical devices used by him/her to access the Service an antivirus software and to maintain its timely updating. If non-use by User of any antivirus software, use of unlicensed (illegally purchased) antivirus software or late updating of threat signatures result in acquiring by third parties of an unauthorized access to User’s Authentication data, PayGo shall not be responsible for any damage caused to User Account through the Service using User’s Authentication data.

PayGo shall undertake to observe the confidentiality regarding personal details of User as well as other information on User became known to PayGo in connection with the Use of Service by User, except when:

  • such information is public;

  • information has been disclosed at the request or with permission of User;

  • information is subject to be presented to User’s contracting parties in the volume necessary to fulfill the Agreement concluded on terms of this Agreement;

  • information requires to be disclosed on the grounds stipulated with legislation or suspected treaties or relative requests of court or of authorized state bodies have been received.

The Parties shall undertake:

  • Not to carry out through the Service any illegal financial transactions, illegal trade, operations on legalization of incomes obtained criminally, and any other operations in violation of the law;

  • To prevent any efforts of illegal trade, illegal financial transactions, transactions purposed to legalization (laundering) of income obtained criminally.

PayGo reserves the right to refuse User to make payments using the Service, including in case of any reasonable doubts in the lawfulness of such actions of User. In such case PayGo is entitled to require from User:

  • to provide additional information on User’s activity (documented on paper); in case of refusal or failure to present such information within 15 (fifteen) days, PayGo shall block User Account;

  • To present documents, specifying data, identifying User;

  • To present a service agreement made with cellular communication operator, entitling User to use Customer number specified by User at registration of User Account in the Service.

PayGo shall undertake to permanently control over the confidentiality of personal details of User. PayGo shall undertake neither make use of nor disclose any information identifying User with the purpose not related to the execution and issuance of documents, making requirement or making settlement with User. Disclosure of any information may only be in such cases previously notified to User at the moment of obtaining of such information from User or with User’s consent. At that PayGo shall be entitled to give other persons an access to information on User only if User has directly expressed his/her interest in their goods, works or services.

If there are suspicious about any unauthorized access by third parties to User Account, PayGo is entitled to block User Account until the details are clarified.

PayGo is entitled at any time without any additional address notice to User, to develop and introduce additional safety measures to the use of Service. PayGo shall place a notice at the PayGo Website about introduction of such safety measures and actions of Users in connection with introduction of such measures (if applicable).

License Terms of Use of Service

A right holder of the Service is PayGo. Regulations of this section of the Agreement shall be the terms and conditions of License Agreement between PayGo and User (hereinafter referred to as “the Agreement”) User is a person using the Technology Solutions with such purposes stipulated by PayGo, including those not related to Use of Service.

PayGo shall free of charge and nonexclusively transfer to User the rights mentioned therein to the Technology Solutions provided that User shall observe any liabilities specified therein.

Agreement shall not mean the transfer to User of whatsoever rights to the Technology Solutions, save as explicitly listed therein or belonging to User in compliance with legislation of Cambodia. Other rights of PayGo to the Technology Solutions shall be protected with legislation of Cambodia as well as with other laws and agreements regulating any relations which may arise regarding the Technology Solutions.

The Agreement shall express User’s and PayGo’s good will, shall bear noncommercial nature and shall not be the grounds for money settlements or transfer of other material values. User shall undertake not to use any trade marks related to the Technology Solutions as well as neither use nor copy nor change nor amalgamate nor transfer copies of the Technology Solutions on any terms and conditions.

The Agreement shall become effective as of its approval. The beginning of Use of Service (confirmation) by User shall mean User’s agreement with all the terms and conditions of the Agreement.

The Agreement shall be terminated:

  • On User’s initiative to stop Using Service;

  • On PayGo’s initiative if User breaches the Agreement.

The Technology Solutions shall be submitted to User without any guarantees. PayGo shall not bear responsibility for any damage or loss of User or of third parties related to the use of the Technology Solutions in contravention of the Agreement or description of works of the Technology Solutions presented by PayGo, including but not limited to, any negative consequences for User’s software, equipment and Internet connection.

User shall not have the right to make use of the Technology Solutions to create any derivate therefrom or use such derivate without consent of PayGo.

If User intends to terminate the Agreement on his/her initiative or User receives a notice from PayGo on termination of the Agreement, User must stop using the Technology Solutions within 1 (one) day.

It shall be prohibited to break and decompile the Technology Solutions. The said prohibition shall be purposed to secure the safety of Users and continuity of the Service functioning.

Settlement of Disputes

All the disputes that may arise between the Parties during their fulfillment of their liabilities under this Agreement must be settled in the Court of Arbitration at place of registration of defendant.

Other Provisions

PayGo is entitled to bilaterally make any amendments to the Agreement by publishing at the PayGo website of the text of this Agreement containing such amendments (actualization of this Agreement). Amendments shall become effective as of their publishing, if other term of coming into force of such amendments has not been determined additionally upon publishing of actual text of this Agreement.

PayGo is entitled to terminate the Agreement if User infringes its terms and conditions or on other grounds stipulated with effective legislation.

User shall guarantee that all the terms and conditions of the Agreement are clear to him/her and User shall unconditionally and completely accept such terms and conditions.

User shall guarantee that he/she will not make use of the Service in other purposes than those stipulated in this Agreement.

For all User’s actions performed when Using Service, the time of their performance shall be determined under the server time of the system. As a language of this Agreement as well as a language used when any coordination of the Parties (including correspondence, making requests/notices/explanations, submission of documents and etc.) the Parties shall determine English. All the documents subject to be submitted in compliance with this Agreement must be executed in English or have translation into English certified in established order.

Inaction of PayGo if User violates this Agreement shall not disentitle PayGo to protect its interests later, and also it shall not mean PayGo’s waiver of its rights if User executes such or similar breaches in the future.

The Agreement shall be deemed concluded on terms of this Agreement from the moment User has done actions purposed to register user account in the Service by any way whatsoever stipulated with this Agreement.

The Agreement may be terminated by User sending a written notice to PayGo. The Agreement shall be deemed terminated at the expiration of 30 (thirty) calendar days after PayGo has received the said notice. Refund of money to User, which are kept on User Account Balance at the moment of termination of the Agreement, shall be carried out by PayGo within 20 (twenty) bank days as of receipt of corresponding written request of User. At that, User’s written request must specify bank account details where cash assets must be returned, and must be presented documents confirming User’s right to such cash assets available on User Account Balance.


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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, PO 2277

PAYGO (Pay As You GO) is the practice in the United States of financing expenditures with funds that are currently available rather than borrowed.


The PAYGO compels new spending or tax changes not to add to the federal debt. Not to be confused with pay-as-you-go financing, which is when a government saves up money to fund a specific project. Under the PAYGO rules, a new proposal must either be 'budget neutral' or offset with savings derived from existing funds.[1]The goal of this is to require those in control of the budget to engage in the diligence of prioritizing expenses and exercising fiscal restraint.

An important example of such a system is the use of PAYGO in both the statutes of the U.S. Government and the rules in the U.S. Congress. First enacted as part of the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 (which was incorporated as Title XIII of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990), PAYGO required all increases in direct spending or revenue decreases to be offset by other spending decreases or revenue increases. It was thought that this would control increases in deficit spending. Direct spending (or 'mandatory spending') is largely composed of 'entitlement spending,' which means that a group of beneficiaries are entitled to a benefit and, without further legislative action, the government must provide that benefit—hence it is considered to be 'mandatory.' Only by legislative action can the benefit be either expanded or reduced. If a benefit is expanded or increased, that increase in direct spending must be offset by an increase in revenue or a decrease in direct spending.

In terms of revenue, PAYGO is designed to control revenue reductions. If revenue is estimated to be reduced through a reduction in tax rates of any kind or other effects on revenue collected by the Federal Government, that effect on the deficit must be offset either through increased tax rates or increase in revenue collection elsewhere, or spending reductions of the same amount.


Statutory PAYGO (1990–2002)[edit]

In the initial PAYGO regimen, enacted in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA '90), by statutory requirement, if legislation enacted during a session of Congress had the effect of increasing the projected debt for the following year, a 'sequestration' would be triggered. A sequestration is an across the board spending reduction of non-exempt mandatory programs to offset this increase in the deficit, as calculated by the Office of Management and Budget.

These rules were in effect from FY1991–FY2002.[2] Enacted in 1990, it was extended in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. In FY 1991, the Federal deficit was 4.5% of GDP, and by FY 2000, the Federal surplus was 2.4%.[3] Total Federal spending as a percentage of GDP decreased each year from FY1991 through FY 2000, falling from 22.3% to 18.4%. Deficits, though, returned by the last year PAYGO was in effect: There was a 'return to deficits ($158 billion, 1.5% of GDP) in 2002'.[3]

Beginning in 1998, in response to the first federal budget surplus since 1969, Congress started enacting, and the President signing, increases in discretionary spending above the statutory limit using creative means such as advance appropriations, delays in making obligations and payments, emergency designations, and specific directives.[4] While staying within the technical definition of the law, this allowed spending that otherwise would not be allowed. The result was emergency spending of $34 billion in 1999 and $44 billion in 2000.

PAYGO not in effect (2003–2006)[edit]

The PAYGO statute expired at the end of 2002. After this, Congress enacted President George W. Bush's proposed 2003 tax cuts (enacted as the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003), and the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act.[5] The White House acknowledged that the new Medicare prescription drug benefit plan would not meet the PAYGO requirements:

Any law that would reduce receipts or increase direct spending is subject to the PAYGO requirements of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act and could cause a sequester of mandatory programs in any fiscal year through 2006. The requirement to score PAYGO costs expires on September 30, 2002, and there are no discretionary caps beyond 2002. Preliminary CBO estimates indicate that the bill would increase direct spending by $440 billion over the next ten years. The Administration will work with Congress to ensure fiscal discipline consistent with the President's Budget and a quick return to a balanced budget. The Administration also will work with Congress to ensure that any unintended sequester of spending does not occur.[6]

After the expiration of PAYGO, budget deficits returned. The federal surplus shrank from $236.2 billion in 2000 to $128.2 billion in 2001, then a $157.8 billion deficit in 2002—the last year statutory PAYGO was in effect.The budget deficit increased to $377.6 billion in 2003 and $412.7 billion in 2004.[3] The federal budget deficit excluding trust funds was $537.3 billion in FY2006.[7] In the first 6 years of President Bush's term, with a Republican controlled Congress, the federal debt increased by $3 trillion.[8][9] The public debt continued to grow after Democrats gained control of Congress on January 3, 2007. At the end of the Bush Administration, public debt had nearly doubled from when President Bush took office in January 2001, to January 2009.

PAYGO as House rule (2007–2010)[edit]

The PAYGO system was reestablished as a standing rule of the House of Representatives (Clause 10 of Rule XXI) on January 4, 2007 by the Democratic-controlled 110th Congress:[10][11]

It shall not be in order to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report if the provisions of such measure affecting direct spending and revenues have the net effect of increasing the deficit or reducing the surplus for either the period comprising the current fiscal year and the five fiscal years beginning with the fiscal year that ends in the following calendar year or the period comprising the current fiscal year and the ten fiscal years beginning with the fiscal year that ends in the following calendar year.[12]

Less than one year later though, facing widespread demand to ease looming tax burdens caused by the Alternative Minimum Tax, Congress abandoned its pay-go pledge.[13] The point of order was also waived for the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 which included revenue reducing provisions and increases in spending that increased the deficit, which paygo was designed to prevent. It was again waived in May 2008, upon the consideration of the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill by the House of Representatives. In this last bill, the advocates of the measure claimed that it was in compliance. However, the Rules Committee issued a report indicating at least a technical violation: 'While there is a technical violation of clause 10 of rule XXI [paygo], the conference report complies with the rule by remaining budget neutral with no net increase in direct spending.'[14]

At the beginning of the 111th Congress, PAYGO was modified by including an 'emergency' exemption. This designation was provided for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which increased the deficit and increased the public debt limit to $12.104 trillion.[15] Both direct spending in the bill and tax cuts, as passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress and signed by President Barack H. Obama, were exempted from the PAYGO rule under section 5(b) of the Act. The establishment of the House PAYGO Rule, and a similar Rule in the Senate, did not prevent the deficit from growing to $1.42 trillion for fiscal year 2009.[16]

The PAYGO point of order does not apply to 'direct spending' if it is incorporated into an annual or supplemental appropriations spending bill.[17] The difference between direct spending and annual appropriations is that the former becomes permanent law with U.S. government spending on various entitlements that continues until the government acts to increase or reduce it. An annual appropriation bill provides spending authority to the government for a project or program that only lasts a year. PAYGO was designed to apply to direct spending only. So, a way of circumventing the point of order is to include the direct spending increases in an annual appropriation bill, which was done for the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009.[18]

Return of statutory PAYGO (2010–present)[edit]

On February 12, 2010, Obama signed statutory PAYGO rules into law.[19]

Social insurance[edit]

In social insurance, PAYGO refers to an unfunded system in which current contributors to the system pay the expenses for the current recipients. In a pure PAYGO system, no reserves are accumulated and all contributions are paid out in the same period. The opposite of a PAYGO system is a funded system, in which contributions are accumulated and paid out later (together with the interest on it) when eligibility requirements are met.

U.S. Social Security[edit]

An important example of such a PAYGO system in this second sense is Social Security in the U.S. In that system, contributions are paid by the currently employed population in the form of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA), while recipients are mostly individuals of at least 62 years of age. Social Security is not a pure PAYGO system, because it accumulates excess revenue in the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Trust Funds (OASDI).

See also[edit]


  1. ^C-SPAN Congressional Glossary
  2. ^'Background on Pay-As-You-Go'(PDF). Archived from the original(PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  3. ^ abc'Archived copy'(PDF). Office of Management and Budget. Retrieved 2010-12-31 – via National Archives. Historical Budget Tables, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2008, page 26
  4. ^ The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2004-2013, Appendix A, The Expiration of Budget Enforcement Procedures: Issues and Options
  5. ^'H.R. 1 [108th]: Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003'. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  6. ^H.R. 4954 - Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act of 2002 sent on 27 June 2002Archived December 1, 2020, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^'Historical Tables of the FY 2008 Budget'(PDF). Office of Management and Budget. Retrieved 2010-12-31 – via National Archives.
  10. ^Faler, Brian (2007-01-05). 'House Approves Democratic 'Pay-Go' Spending-Control Measure'. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  11. ^Kogan, Richard (2007-01-12). 'The New Pay-As-You-Go Rule In The House Of Representatives By Richard Kogan'. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  12. ^H. Res. 6.
  13. ^Gleckman, Howard (December 7, 2007). 'Pay Go, Pay Gone: AMT Drives Senate Dems to Blink'. TaxVox. Tax Policy Center. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  14. ^H. Rept. 110-629.
  15. ^Pub.L.111–5 (text)(pdf).
  16. ^'A Preliminary Analysis of the President's Budget and an Update of CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook'(PDF). Congressional Budget Office. March 2009. p. 11. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  17. ^2008 Congressional Record, Vol. 154, Page H3934–3935 (May 15, 2008)
  18. ^Pub.L.111–32 (text)(pdf).
  19. ^'Obama Signs Bill Allowing More US Debt'(PDF). The House Budget Committee Democratic Caucus. Retrieved 2019-01-05.

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