Bank Accounts: Funds Availability
A friend wrote me a check. My friend’s bank has released the funds, but my bank hasn't released the hold. Can my bank do this?
Yes. Your bank may hold the funds according to its funds availability policy. Or it may have placed an exception hold on the deposit. If the bank has placed a hold on the deposit, the bank generally should provide you with […]
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How long can the bank place a hold on government checks (for example, Social Security and U.S. Treasury checks)?
Generally, a bank must make funds deposited into an account by a government check available for withdrawal not later than the business day after the banking day on which the funds are deposited into an account held by the […]
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Can the bank place a hold on a payroll check?
Yes. When funds become available for withdrawal primarily depends on the type of deposit. While all banks are subject to the same maximum hold periods established by law, each bank may make deposits available sooner. Refer […]
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Can the bank place a hold on deposits made in cash?
Yes. Generally, a bank must make funds deposited by cash in person to a bank employee available for withdrawal by the next business day after the banking day on which the cash is deposited. The hold could last longer if the […]
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My bank always puts a hold on my checks, but I have heard that not all banks do this. Aren't all banks supposed to use the same funds availability schedule?
All banks are subject to the same maximum hold periods established by federal law, but a bank is allowed to make deposits available sooner. Review your deposit account agreement for information on your bank's funds […]
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I deposited a check, and it bounced. I re-deposited the check. Now, the bank says that it has placed an exception hold on my funds. What does that mean?
When a check is returned as unpaid, the bank may extend the time needed to make the funds available after the check is re-deposited. This is known as an exception hold. This extra time allows the bank to reduce the risk […]
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I opened a new checking account, but the bank will not let me withdraw my funds immediately.
When the bank is dealing with a new customer, it can hold some deposits before making the funds available for withdrawal. Regulation CC has special provisions for new account holders. The account is not considered new if […]
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Are there exceptions to the funds availability (hold) schedule?
Yes. Regulation CC provides six exceptions that allow banks to extend deposit hold periods. The exceptions are considered safeguards against risk. These are the exceptions: Checks deposited to new accounts (accounts that […]
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I deposited $10,000 to my account. When will the funds be available for withdrawal?
If deposited by check, the bank generally must make the first $5,525 available consistent with the bank's normal availability schedule. The bank may place a hold on the amount deposited over $5,525. For check deposits […]
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I deposited a check. When will my funds be available / released from the hold?
Generally, a bank must make the first $225 from the deposit available—for either cash withdrawal or check writing purposes—at the start of the next business day after the banking day that the deposit is made. The rest of […]
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What is the cut-off time for deposits?
Banks may establish different cut-off hours for different types of deposits, as well as for deposits made at different locations. Generally, the cut-off hour may not be earlier than 2 p.m. for deposits made in person at a […]
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My employer pays me via direct deposit. When are those funds required to be available?
Banks are required to make direct-deposit funds available for withdrawal not later than the business day after the banking day on which the bank received the electronic payment. For instance, funds direct deposited on a […]
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