October 19, 2020
Approximately six months ago, Nacha issued several ACH Operations Bulletins and Frequently Asked Questions announcing relief from a variety of requirements of the Nacha Operating Rules due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This ACH Operations Bulletin provides an update on the status of that relief, as well as information on upcoming effective dates of new Nacha Rules and other ACH requirements. Relief Extended Indefinitely The following areas of relief are extended indefinitely, pending further notice.
April 2, 2020
Businesses that originate pre-authorized ACH debits for services that have been interrupted may face an elevated risk of returns. This could be due to consumers who: 1) lack funds (i.e., NSF); 2) place stop payment orders with their own banks or credit unions; or 3) make claims that debits are unauthorized because they can no longer access the service or have otherwise cancelled service.
March 27, 2020
The Nacha Rules require an RDFI to accept a consumer’s Written Statement of Unauthorized Debit (WSUD), and also require that the WSUD be signed or similarly authenticated.
ACH Operations Bulletin #4-2020: Nacha Extends Effective Dates of Data Security Rule; Affirms Effective Dates of Other Rules
March 26, 2020
The upcoming effective dates of the Rule on Supplementing Data Security Requirements are extended by one year, to June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2022, respectively. The effective dates of other approved and upcoming Rules remain in effect.
ACH Operations Bulletin #3-2020: Nacha Provides Relief from Deadlines Related to Certain Required Records
March 20, 2020
In light of the current need for organizations to reduce on-site staffing levels, Nacha is providing temporary relief from deadlines for delivery of certain records that are required under the Nacha Rules.
ACH Operations Bulletin #2-2020: Nacha Issues Reminder on ACH Responsibilities to Financial institutions Potentially Impacted by Coronavirus
March 9, 2020
Nacha reminds financial institutions of the importance of reviewing their business continuity plans to ensure that they are prepared to maintain ACH payment processing capabilities in the event of possible disruptions.
January 9, 2020
The March 19, 2021 effective date for the new Same Day ACH processing window is confirmed.
ACH Operations Bulletin #4-2019: Extension of the Effective Date for Rule Supplementing Fraud Detection Standards for WEB Debits
July 8, 2019
The upcoming effective date of the rule on Supplementing Fraud Detection Standards for WEB Debits is extended from January 1, 2020 to March 19, 2021. This extension is in response to industry requests to allow additional time for awareness, education and implementation.
ACH Operations Bulletin #3-2019: Amount of Unauthorized Entry Fee Will Remain the Same Through September 2022
March 27, 2019
The rule establishing the current Unauthorized Entry Fee provides that the amount will be re-evaluated every three years, with the initial 3-year period ending on September 30, 2019. The amount of the Unauthorized Entry Fee will remain at $4.50 per covered return during the next 3-year period, through September 30, 2022.
March 12, 2019
The effective date of the new Same Day ACH processing window is deferred by 6 months until March 19, 2021. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors (“Fed Board”) has informed Nacha that it will not be able to provide timely notification of its approval for Federal Reserve services necessary to enable the new window by the deadline provided for in the rule.
ACH Operations Bulletin #1-2019: Indemnification Agreement for Use by Financial Institutions in Requesting Return of Funds from ACH Entries
January 30, 2019
Nacha is publishing the attached form, entitled “Indemnification Agreement – Request for Return of Funds from ACH Entry” (“Indemnification Agreement”), for use by financial institutions in certain situations in which an ODFI requests the return of funds from an ACH transaction, and the RDFI desires to receive a written indemnification in addition to the indemnification contained in the Nacha Operating Rules (“Rules).”
November 27, 2017
The Nacha Operating Rules provide for Person-to-Person (P2P) payments via ACH credit transactions. In this way, one person can transfer funds to another person. Nacha has become aware that some financial institutions and their service providers are allowing consumers to debit other consumers’ accounts. This ACH Operations Bulletin provides guidance to financial institutions and their service providers on the application of the Nacha Operating Rules and other risk management considerations relevant to the origination of such “consumer-to-other-consumer” (C2C) debits.