by Randy Carey:
No - it is not charged to the consumer.
1026.4(a) Definition. The finance charge is the cost of consumer credit as a dollar amount. It includes any charge payable directly or indirectly by the consumer and imposed directly or indirectly by the creditor as an incident to or a condition of the extension of credit. It does not include any charge of a type payable in a comparable cash transaction.
by Richard Insley:
"Paying" means giving money to someone else. Lenders can't "pay" anything by taking money out of one pocket and putting it in another.
by Richard Insley;
One more point--to be a FC, a payment must be required by the contract between the parties--not just paid. The controlling factor is the obligation to make payment, not the payment itself. When a lender notifies the borrower that lender will absorb a fee, that amends any prior legal obligation between the parties.