HOW TRANSACTIONS ARE POSTED TO YOUR ACCOUNT
There are two main types of transactions in your account – credits or deposits of money into your account and
debits or payments out of your account. It is important to understand how each transaction is handled so that
you know how much money you have available for use in your checking account.
The information below describes how the Credit Union handles credits and debits to your account and the
resulting impact on your available balance. The information is a general description of how certain types of
transactions are posted. The Credit Union may receive multiple deposit and withdrawal transactions on your
account in many different forms throughout each day. This means you may be charged more than one Overdraft
Privilege fee if we pay multiple transactions when your account is overdrawn.
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Most deposits are added to your account when we receive them. For some checks you deposit, only $200 will be
made available at the time of deposit and the remainder will be available two (2) business days later.
Additionally, there may be extended holds on checks over $5,000. Thus, your available balance may not reflect
the most recent deposits to your account. For additional information on when your deposited funds will be
available for withdrawal, see the Credit Union’s Funds Availability Policy.
You can make several types of debit transactions from your account. Each type of debit transaction is described
generally below. Keep in mind that there are many ways transactions are presented for payment by merchants and
other financial institutions and the Credit Union is not necessarily in control of when transactions are
received and posted to your account.
Checks. When you write a check it is processed through the Federal Reserve System. The Credit
Union receives data files of cashed checks from the Federal Reserve each day. The checks drawn on your account
are compiled from these data files and paid each day. The Credit Union processes the checks paid from low to
high check number.
ACH Payments. The Credit Union receives data files every day from the Federal Reserve with
Automated Clearing House or ACH transactions. These transactions include, for example, automatic bill payments
that you have authorized. Each day, ACH transactions for your account are grouped together and paid from low to
high dollar value.
Point of Sale (POS) Debit Card Transactions. A POS transaction is when you use your debit card
and enter your PIN at the time of the transactions. A POS transaction is similar to an ATM withdrawal because
the money is usually deducted from your account immediately at the time of the transaction. However, depending
on the merchant, some POS transactions are not presented for payment immediately.
Signature Debit Card Transactions. A signature transaction is where you make a purchase with
your debit card and you do not enter your PIN but you are instead asked to sign for the purchase. Signature
transactions also include online transactions and transactions where you select “Credit” rather than “Debit”
when using your debit card. For signature transactions, the merchant may seek prior authorization for the
transaction. When this occurs, the Credit Union places a temporary hold against the available funds in your
account. This temporary hold is referred to as an authorization hold and the amount of the authorization hold is
subtracted from your available balance. Authorizations are deducted from your available balance but not your
current balance as they are received by the Credit Union throughout each day. Depending on the merchant and the
transactions, it could take hours or days for the transaction to be processed and submitted to the Credit Union
for payment. These payment requests are received throughout the day and are posted to your account as they are
received. The Credit Union cannot control how much a merchant asks us to authorize or when a merchant submits a
transaction for payment.
Authorized Amount versus Final Amount
The amount of an authorization hold may differ from the actual payment because the final transaction amount may
not yet be known to the merchant when the authorization request is submitted. For example, if you use your debit
card at a restaurant, a hold will be placed in the amount of the bill presented to you. But, when the
transaction is processed and posted to your account it will include any tip that you may have added to the bill.
This may also be the case when you swipe your debit card at gas stations, hotels, rental car agencies and other
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