The U.S. financial system took a big step forward in September of 2016 by mandating that all RDFIs (Receiving Depository Financial Institutions) are able to receive Same Day ACH credits and make them available by the end of the day.

Same Day ACH adoption will roll out in three phases in order to provide enough time and guidance to financial institutions implementing this speedy ACH functionality. The Same Day ACH phased approach looks like:

Phase 1 – September 2016 (for payouts): Ability to receive and process Same Day credits becomes mandatory, the 10:30AM ET and 2:45PM ET processing windows open and the new 1:00PM ET and 5:00PM ET settlement times open.

Phase 2 – September 2017 (payout and collect payments): Ability to receive and process Same Day credits and debits becomes mandatory.

Phase 3 – March 2018 (make funds available by end of business day): Make eligible Same Day ACH funds (i.e. sent before the cut-off window) available to the payee by end of business on the same day.
Dwolla is excited to offer Same Day ACH. You can learn more about the offering and potential added value by reviewing Dwolla’s Same Day ACH Transfer API.
As an organization planning to leverage ACH transfers as part of your business model, you may be interested in the benefits of Same Day ACH. In order to prepare, first talk with your financial institution to determine if Same Day is appropriate for your business. There may be technical requirements that you’ll want to understand beforehand, such as file requirements and new file submission cut-off times.

The first phase of roll out mandates that FIs receive Same Day ACH credits only. This would appeal to those businesses who need run payroll, process P2P payments, or same-day bill payments. The second phase (Same Day credits and debits) may benefit those companies that do collect consumer bill payments.

Dwolla is a payment platform that provides an easy on-ramp to leveraging the ACH network and a thought leader in the industry. If you’re looking to add bank transfer capabilities to your platform or application, contact one of our integration specialists to learn how you can leverage our branded or white labeled bank transfer APIs.

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