How Do Buyers and Sellers Use eCheck?

There are several downsides to paper checks. They can get lost, misplaced, damaged, or stolen. No wonder businesses around the world are switching to eChecks.

An Introduction to eChecks

An electronic check or eCheck is an electronic version of a traditional paper check.

With an eCheck, money is electronically transferred from the payer’s account to the payee’s account after passing through the ACH network (a network that processes large volumes of transactions in batches).

Benefits of eChecks

There are several benefits to eChecks. They are processed in fewer steps than their traditional counterparts. With eChecks, you will save money on stamps and envelopes, and the time required to make a paper check. They provide an eco-friendly way of receiving and transferring money. They are compatible with different accounting software, and are inherently safer (as the information is encrypted) than paper checks.

How Do Buyers Pay With eChecks?

A key benefit of using eChecks for payments is that you earn extra interest as funds are left in your account for a few extra days. To pay using an eCheck, you must have a bank account linked to your PayPal account. Follow these simple steps to pay with eChecks.

  • When you receive an invoice or payment request, click the Pay button
  • Once you are on the Pay Money request page, go to the Funding Options section and click the More Funding Options link
  • Select the eCheck option and the bank account you want to use

Tip: To link a new bank account to your PayPal account, click the Add Bank link.

  • Click the Continue button. Once you have verified the details, click the Send Money link

How Do Sellers Receive eChecks?

There are many benefits of accepting electronic checks. You get paid faster and do not have to pay any transaction fee or gateway fee. They offer convenience as no signup is required.

Whenever a payer sends you an eCheck payment, you will receive an email from PayPal informing you that your money is on the way. In most cases, funds are verified within 24-48 hours of the transaction, and the transaction is cleared within 3-5 business days.

Steps to Processing an Electronic Check

  • Request Authorization: The merchant must get the customer’s permission to make the purchase. To authorize a purchase, a customer can either fill an online form or talk to the trader on the phone. Once they obtain the customer’s permission, the trader can pass the check information to the eCheck payment processing company
  • Payment Setup: After authorization is complete, the seller inputs payment-related information into the online payment processing software. In case of recurring payments, the details of the recurring schedule must also be provided
  • Finalize and Submit: After entering payment information, the seller clicks Save or Submit to start the ACH translation process
  • Payment Confirmation: The transaction amount is debited from the customer’s bank account. The online software generates and sends a receipt to the customer, and the funds are deposited into the seller’s account

EFT and ACH Explained

Electronic Fund Transfer or EFT includes different types of financial transfers, such as direct deposits, electronic transfers, ACH disbursements, and electronic benefits payments.

Run by the National Automated Clearing House Association, the Automated Clearing House or ACH facilitates payments in the U.S. It provides the infrastructure required by payment processing companies to process transactions.

The eChecks Can Also Be Used for Recurring Payments

They are one of the most popular types of recurring payments in the U.S. Most property managers ask tenants to fill out a recurring eCheck payment form. If a tenant fills out the form, the rent is automatically deducted from their account on a certain date every month.

The Cost to Process an eCheck

How much does it cost to process an eCheck? This is one of the most common questions that users have when issuing an eCheck for the first time. The cost to process an eCheck can vary depending on the payments processing company used.

Some processing companies charge a higher per-transaction fee and a lower monthly fee, while others charge the opposite for eCheck merchant services. Most companies charge a flat rate. Expect to pay $0.30-$1.50 as processing fee per eCheck transaction.

How to Get an eCheck Merchant Account?

The process of getting an eCheck merchant account is similar to getting a credit card merchant account. If you want to get an eCheck merchant account, you must first choose a merchant account provider. Once you have found a provider that ticks all the right boxes, you must fill out an application form. You will be required to provide the following information:

  • Federal Tax ID
  • Estimated processing volumes, and
  • The years your business has been in operation

If everything goes right, you will hear from the provider in a few days.

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