Increasing the Same Day ACH Dollar Limit

Effective Date

Rule Status

Rule Status
Open for comment

Comments Due by January 22, 2021

Nacha requests feedback on a proposal for a regular series of three additional increases to the dollar limit on Same Day ACH payments.

The survey may be completed online via surveymonkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3Q2Z5TZ by January 22, 2021.  

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Details

Details

Please review the Rules Proposal Description from the Resource list for complete details

Nacha is requesting comments on a proposal for a series of three additional increases to the dollar limit for all Same Day ACH payments.

Since its inception in 2016, enhancements to Same Day ACH have been implemented on a set schedule. In March 2020, the initial dollar limit on Same Day ACH payments was increased to its current level of $100,000. The increase had an immediate impact on Same Day ACH usage, as the average amount of a Same Day ACH payment increased by 40%.

Nacha now seeks comment on additional increases to the Same Day ACH dollar limit. Responses on this proposal are requested by Friday, January 22, 2021.

Technical

Technical

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The proposal would increase the Same Day ACH dollar limit on a set schedule over three consecutive years. Industry dialogue and input to date demonstrates a preference for a single rule change with staged increases, rather than individual rule changes. A single rulemaking effort for multiple increases is more efficient than multiple, individual rule proposals, and allows better planning for future states.

The proposed schedule of increases is as follows:

  • March 18, 2022 – increase the existing limit of $100,000 to $1,000,000 ($1M)
  • March 17, 2023 – increase the limit to $10M
  • March 15, 2024 – eliminate the limit; the dollar limit for a Same Day ACH payment would be the same as for a non-SDA payment

The increases would apply to all Same Day ACH payments. ACH credits and debits; consumer and business payments.

The proposal would give Nacha the ability to pause the scheduled effective dates for up to 6 months if operational, risk, or fraud issues arise. A 60-day notice would be given of a pause.

Impact

Impact

Anticipated Benefits

Increasing the dollar limit is anticipated to contribute to ongoing adoption of Same Day ACH.

Existing use cases would be improved by making a greater percentage eligible for Same Day ACH. These include business-to-business payments, tax payments, payroll funding, insurance claim payments, merchant settlement and Same Day Reversals of standard ACH payments including Same Day credits to reverse debits; and Same Day debits to reverse credits.

A greater percentage of ACH payments, and especially ACH dollar volume, would be eligible for Same Day ACH.

  • An additional 3.5% of B2B payments will become eligible for Same Day ACH
  • The percentage of ACH dollars eligible for Same Day ACH would more than double
  • By the last increase, all ACH payments (except International ACHs) would be eligible for Same Day ACH


Anticipated Impacts

Each dollar limit increase would result in a larger amount of dollars settling at several times throughout the day –1:00 pm; 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm (all in ET).

  • By March 2022 (the first proposed increase), the industry will have had a year of experience with Same Day ACH payments settling at 6:00 p.m. ET

All ACH participants should understand, analyze and plan for these dollar flows within their organizations.

  • What are the potential impacts of higher-dollar Same Day ACH credits settling at these times?
  • What are the potential impacts of higher-dollar Same Day ACH debits settling at these times?

ODFIs would need to determine whether to offer higher dollar limits to Same Day ACH Originators.

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