nacha-rules-changesAmong many of the changes set to take place with NACHA in the near future are “The Unauthorized Entry Fee.” As many would guess, this change has both processors, merchants, and banks a little on edge because of the potentially steep fines that could be issued for non-compliance.

This rule is supposed to enhance the network by reducing the incidence of ACH debits that are returned as unauthorized. Under the Rule, ODFIs will have an economic incentive to improve the standard of the ACH transactions they originate. RDFIs will probably be compensated for a portion of the costs they produce for managing unauthorized transactions, and will experience costs that are reduced due to a reduction in unauthorized transactions as time passes.

So, on the surface, there are certainly advantages. To get into more specifics, a few advantages of the proposal are listed below:

All ACH Network participants will experience at least some indirect benefit through greater customer satisfaction, fewer exceptions, higher quality, and lower reputational danger of the ACH Network. Any beneficial impact of the Rule on ACH Network quality should be observable through the observation of the return activity covered by the Rule.

While ODFIs will directly bear the expenses of the Unauthorized Entry Fees, many ODFIs should encourage to perform monitoring and improved risk management of Originators with rates or high quantities of Entries that result in unauthorized returns. Conceivably, service providers will bring new instruments and services to market to enable ODFIs to avoid some fees, and ODFIs might be capable of providing new tools and services to Originators (e.g., tools to reduce data entry errors).

Receivers will directly profit from fewer unauthorized entries being posted to their own accounts, including the time plus effort required to contest such trades.

In general all ACH Network participants take advantage of a greater quality transaction surroundings although Originators are not going to directly enjoy the Rules.

The area of compliance that has caused the most industry uncertainty is regarding the cost of compliance, or

Costs to Obey the Proposition.

ODFIs will directly bear the expenses of the Unauthorized Entry Fees. At the estimated range of $3.50 – $5.50 per unauthorized Entrance, ODFIs will bear direct costs of $10.3 million to $16.2 million. Additionally, ODFIs will have costs to the extent that they work with their Originators to execute systems and tools to lower rates. The fees can be avoided by ODFIs, however, by reducing the amount of transactions they originate that result in unauthorized returns.

These are a few highlights of the upcoming NACHA change, and we’ll definitely be bringing you more updates as the weeks roll on. If you have any questions or would like to seek any advice or a route to ensure your organization stays in compliance with the rules change, ACHeck21 has many tools to help reduce the rate of unauthorized transactions. Feel free to contact us anytime!