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Credit Card Payments Differ From ACH Payments

Author : Dylan Ross

Financial transactions carried out through the Automated Clearing House are called ACH payments. This processing allows businesses to safely collect money from customers electronically. ACH ensures faster transactions and fewer errors. Bad checks can be dealt with and payments can be automated through this processing service. Such electronic transactions are carried out in a terminal which is separate from that used for credit cards. Credit card processing is another payment method that helps speed up transaction times. The credit card holder can make immediate purchases based on a promise to pay for them at a later date.

In today's fast paced world, no one wants to waste too much time and energy in carrying out monetary dealings. People have gladly reverted to electronic means. ACH payments are safe and accurate online money transfers from one account to another. These payments can serve many purposes. ACH payments are used by customers to pay service providers, by employers to deposit salaries and expenses into employee accounts, by purchasers to pay vendors and suppliers, and by consumers who wish to move their funds around as they please.

Fewer resources are used in ACH payments as everything is carried out by electronic means. Financial tracking is easy with ACH processing and categorizing is simplified as the transaction is identified by the party name that appears on the check instead of the bank. ACH payments might be wholly electronic from the beginning to the end or a paper check might be converted to an electronic one during the process. ACH payments are time saving, cost-effective, and error-free throughout the entire transaction.

Credit card processing is an easy way of making payments. They are different from ACH payments in that they can be used universally by everyone who qualifies. Credit cards are issued to people whose applications are approved and the cardholder is free to use that account however he sees fit while staying within the terms of agreement. Merchants who accept credit cards as payment are taking the credit card company's word that the actual money will come through a short amount of time later. The consent to pay is recorded by means of signing a receipt which contains the card details and the amount required to be paid. This receipt is generated only after the card is swiped and a PIN number is entered. This Personal Identification Number (PIN) is unique for every credit card issued.

Credit card processing may sometimes be carried out in the absence of the card. At these times, card-not-present transactions are carried out when merchants can electronically verify the authenticity of the card. In emergency situations, credit card processing is very helpful.

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