What is an ACH deposit?
An Automated Clearing House (ACH) deposit is an electronic transfer of funds using the Automated Clearing House. The Automated Clearing House is a secure network in the United States through which banks and other financial institutions can transmit electronic transactions. An ACH deposit means funds are electronically deposited into an account. This means that there is no need for a person to write a check and no one has to visit a bank to complete the transaction.
To understand how an ACH deposit works, it may be helpful to consider an example. For example, a person may owe a loan payment to one of his creditors. In that case, you can either write a check for the loan payment and mail it in, or you can visit the company in question and pay in person. However, to save time and convenience, you can pay with an ACH deposit. This means that you establish a deposit into the creditor's account online or over the phone, and the transaction is processed electronically; you never have to physically handle cash or leave your home to complete a transaction this way.
Some employers use ACH deposits as a way to pay their employees through a process known as direct deposit. With direct deposit, a company arranges for payroll funds to be electronically deposited into each employee's account. This eliminates the need for the company to print and distribute checks. It also eliminates bank trips for an employee and time spent waiting for payroll checks to clear. When the deposit is posted to the employee's account, all funds are usually immediately available.
A person can also use an ACH deposit to transfer funds from one account to another. For example, if you have a bank account at two different institutions, you can visit the first institution to withdraw money and then deposit that money into an account at a second institution. You can also choose to write a check to the first account and then deposit the check to the second account. However, you may find it faster and easier to transfer money using an ACH deposit.
Aside from speed and convenience, there is another reason why some people prefer ACH deposits. Many banking experts say errors are less likely to occur with electronic transactions. Also, if an error occurs with an ACH deposit, it may be easier to correct than if a person made a traditional deposit.