direct deposit


Definition of direct deposit

: a method of payment in which money is transferred to the payee's account without the use of checks or cash

Examples of direct deposit in a Sentence

Our employees are paid by direct deposit.

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With local banks, direct deposits can be harder to coordinate, and accessing your money while traveling can be more difficult. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "How to Squeeze Higher Returns From Your Savings," 10 Feb. 2019 Funds can be loaded at no charge with direct deposit or at a Walmart checkout register or, my favorite, with a mobile check deposit. Teresa Dixon Murray,, "Here's an alternative to letting a company keep your credit, debit card information on file: Money Matters," 8 Apr. 2018 The problem is that with many customers at large, brand-name institutions bundling their banking services—including direct deposits from their jobs that can build up savings—there is a habit of accepting the status quo. Eric Uhlfelder, WSJ, "How to Find Decent Yields on Savings," 7 Oct. 2018 Such payments are usually made through direct deposit and often without an itemized pay stub. Red Jahncke, WSJ, "A Union Scam Could Be About to End," 16 July 2018 The Dyls even set up direct deposit and filled out W-4 tax forms for Caleb. Zoe Miller, Good Housekeeping, "An Applebee's Franchise Hasn't Paid a Man With Autism for Nearly a Year," 23 Oct. 2015 Checks and direct deposits are scheduled to go out beginning in mid-July. Ron Hurtibise,, "Parkland victims' fund distribution ranges from $400,000 to $1,000 each," 2 July 2018 Every American, every business, every institution would have the option of a FedAccount, with all the functionality of a normal bank account, like debit cards, direct deposit, online bill pay, and mobile banking, and no chance of default. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Give Everyone Government Bank Accounts," 13 June 2018 In late 2017, an audit discoveredMonaghan had direct deposited nearly $500,000 into her personal bank account since 2015, the affidavit said. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Daytona woman accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from employer," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of direct deposit

1974, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of direct deposit

What It Is

Direct deposit refers to the electronic transfer of a cash payment into the recipient's bank account.

How It Works

Direct deposit is a method of payment where a paying party, such as an employer or government agency, electronically transfers a payment in cash from its bank account into the bank account of the payee. Salaries and tax refunds are examples of payments commonly made through direct deposit.

Why It Matters

Directly deposited money "clears" automatically, that is, it is immediately available for withdrawal, and does away with the need for and inconvenience of a paper check.

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English Language Learners Definition of direct deposit

US : a way of paying someone so that the money is sent directly into the person's bank account without the use of checks or cash

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