Nacha and ACH Defined for Understanding Payments

Can the #payments industry possess more fun methods to teach #businesses how to stay in #compliance and follow #regulations? I mean, listen, all of those acronyms can get overwhelming for a sales rep, much less remembering them all to pass on when creating a #merchant account for #ACH and/or credit cards.

ACH: That’s a fancy way of saying a check, standing for Automated Clearing House

Nacha: This is the organization, National Automated Clearing House Association, governs the thriving ACH Network.

ACH Network: This is the payment system that drives safe, smart, and fast Direct Deposits and Direct Payments with the capability to reach all U.S. bank and credit union accounts. electronically moves money and related payment information quickly and securely from any financial institution account to another.

So, maybe you thought those zillion phone calls from payment processors to get you a low rate to accept money includes ACH. No, not always.

Let’s be clear in the defining efforts to educate on this financial matter, I won’t spam you, and neither will any other payment gateway provider.

If you want efficiency, cost savings, security, and the ability to utilize ACH within the same terminal as your credit card processor, you got to go looking or ask your merchant sales provider for tips. Nacha develops and administers the private sector Nacha Operating Rules for ACH payments, which define the roles and responsibilities of ACH Network participants.

For example, you may have heard the terms account verification or check verification floating around.

Account verification: ACH Originators of WEB debit entries are required to use a “commercially reasonable fraudulent transaction detection system” to screen WEB debits for fraud.

Read the link to see Nacha has your back as a business, keeping up with the threats that can occur with the ACH WEB DEBITS, providing the regulation you need to have some extra security in place to make extra effort to not get a chargeback or returned check fee for a myriad of reasons. At least with this rule, the business will know that the account of the customer making payment is actually attached to the bank they are paying from this transaction.

Supplementing Fraud Detection Standards for WEB Debits | Nacha

Now, is there enough money in the account to avoid that returned check notice? Well, ask your payments provider about other tools not included in this rule change, but solutions are available to get the job done for your comfort.

Have more questions? Reach out, but don’t acronyms hold you back. Payments Professionals are fun, and I know a good group of companies that would love to teach you so that you can perform more successfully in business.


This message posted originally on LinkedIn by Nikki Estes, DMM.

Defining ACH and Nacha Acronyms in Payments | LinkedIn


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By ICG Digital
September 30, 2021
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