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Introduction to Direct Credits
Bacs Direct Credit is a system which enables businesses, large and small, to make payments by electronic transfer directly into bank or building society accounts. It’s simple, secure, and reliable, and it reduces the time and costs associated with traditional methods of payment processing.
Bacs Direct Credit is increasingly used by businesses operating in a range of sectors for all types of business payments. Most commonly it is used for paying salaries to employees and regular payments to suppliers. There are however a wide variety of other applications where Bacs Direct Credit is the most cost effective solution. These could include pensions, employee expenses, insurance settlements, dividends and refunds.
Bacs is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the administration and operation of the Direct Credit Scheme.
Bacs is owned by a number of the leading banks and building societies in the UK. These are called the Member banks. There are hundreds of other banks (and building societies) that can offer accounts that support Direct Credits however.
Bacs has grown in strength since its creation. The Government has acknowledged that the Bacs payment system is of critical importance to the UK financial system. On one day alone, on June 30th 2017, Bacs processed a massive 111.7 million Direct Debits and Bacs Direct Credits transactions in one day.
The Benefits of Direct Credit
You can submit all transactions in one file
You retain control
You decide when funds will leave your account
Can be used for regular and off-one payments
Cheaper than cheques
Eliminates the costs of cheques, stationery and postage
Safer than cash
No need to store currency onsite
Cut down on reconciliation
A single debit from your account so no individual payments to track
Submit payments up to 30 days in advance
Possibility to Recall Errors
Window to recall payments if needed (with bank approval)
Important Direct Credit Terms
The following are common terms within the area of Direct Credits. Understanding these terms will help you better understand the Scheme itself.
The bank that holds the account to be credited / debited.
(see also ‘Processing cycle’). The Bacs ‘operational’ cycle (minimum 3 English bank working days) comprises:
- Day 1 (Input day) – Service User submits data to Bacs as per timetable laid down in the Service User Guide – Bacstel-IP.
- Day 2 (Processing day) – All data accepted is processed through Bacs and passed onto the Receiving Banks.
- Day 3 (Entry day) – The Beneficiary’s account is credited and the funds are debited from the Service User’s account.
The person to whom the Bacs Direct Credit is intended to be paid.
A bank receiving payments via Bacs for crediting to the Beneficiary’s account.
An arithmetic process to determine if there is a valid link between a sorting code and an account number range, i.e. whether a particular account number could exist at a specified sorting code.
The minimum time taken for a payment to be submitted to Bacs for processing and the time it reaches the destination account. The processing cycle has four stages: arrival, input, processing and entry. Also referred to as the Bacs Cycle
A bank receiving payments via Bacs for crediting to the Beneficiary’s account
A company, group of companies, charity etc. that is sponsored to use one or more Bacs services. A Service User may also be referred to as a Submitter / Remitter.
A six-digit number allocated to a Service User to uniquely identify it to Bacs.