Overdraft Practices Disclosure
What You Need to Know About Overdrafts, Overdraft Fees and How to Avoid Them.
- The balance used for determining overdrafts is your available balance, not your end-of-day balance. Your end-of-day balance is your balance upon settlement of transactions each business day and is the balance shown on your deposit statements.
- Holds for pending electronic transactions, such as debit card purchases and hotel or rental car deposits, will reduce your available balance and may cause your account to become overdrawn.
- If your account is overdrawn five consecutive business days a $35 extended overdraft fee will be charged in addition to any per item overdraft fees already incurred. Other overdraft related fees remain the same. (Overdraft and NSF1 Return Item Fees are $35 per item. There is a limit of 5 per-item charges per business day for consumer accounts.
Most customers will not notice any difference with these changes. However, if you do not keep track of your spending these changes could result in higher fees on your account as shown in this example below:
|Balance Used to Determine Overdrafts Upon Settlement of Business Day’s Transactions|
|Transaction Description or Action||Personal Account||Business Account|
|Day||Balance Used to Determine Overdraft||End-of-Day||Available||End-of-Day||Available|
|Friday||Balance as of end-of-day settlement Friday night||$100.00||$100.00||$100.00||$100.00|
|Saturday||$50.00 Debit Card Purchase at Merchant||N/A||$50.00||N/A||$50.00|
|Monday||$75.00 Check Presented for Payment||$25.00||($25.00)||$25.00||($25.00)|
|Monday||Overdraft Fee for Check ($35.00)||N/A||($60.00)||N/A||($60.00)|
|Tuesday||$50.00 Debit Card Transaction Settles from Saturday||($25.00)||($60.00)||($25.00)||($60.00)|
|Tuesday||Overdraft Fee for Debit Card transaction ($35.00)*||($60.00)*||($95.00)*||($60.00)||($95.00)|
*For personal accounts the bank is prohibited from charging this overdraft fee unless you have specifically authorized Ameris Bank to authorize overdrafts for ATM and one-time
debit card transactions. This example assumes you have provided this authorization. If you have not you would not incur this fee.
Overdrafts Due to ATM & One-Time Debit Card Transactions: For personal accounts, Ameris Bank will not authorize overdrafts on your ATM or one-time debit card transactions, unless you specifically authorize Ameris Bank to do so. To provide your authorization:
- Log in to Online Banking and denote your ATM/Debit Card Overdraft Settings, or
- Call our automated telephone banking line at 888.234.2435 and choose option 3, or
- Call our Customer Care Center at 866.616.6020.
Ameris Bank cannot charge an overdraft fee for an ATM or one-time debit card transaction unless you have provided this authorization.
Are There Other Overdraft Management Solutions: Ameris Bank offers overdraft protection plans which may be less costly for you than our standard overdraft practices:
- Automatic transfer from another deposit account to cover an overdraft.
- Automatic transfer of available funds from a line of credit2 such as a Personal Reserve Account to cover an overdraft.
An automatic transfer to cover your overdraft item(s) is $5 from a linked deposit account. For advances on a line of credit there is no fee for the transfer; however, you will incur interest charges as specified in your agreement until the balance is repaid. If there are not sufficient funds in your overdraft protection transfer account to cover the overdraft, standard overdraft practices will apply.
The Best Option to Manage Overdrafts is to Avoid Overdrafts: To avoid overdrafts, keep track of what you are spending and don’t forget outstanding transactions. Please be aware that holds placed on your account, including exception and case-by-case holds on deposited items and holds for pending electronic transactions, such as debit card purchases and hotel or rental car deposits, reduce your available balance and may cause your account to become overdrawn. Your available balance may not reflect all of your transactions, such as checks you have written or debit card transactions that have been approved but not yet submitted for payment by the merchant.
Ameris Bank provides you with ready-access to your available balance information through multiple channels. If you are aware that your available balance will not cover current and outstanding transactions you have an opportunity to make a deposit to ensure sufficient funds are in your account and available for processing at the end of the business day.
Ameris Bank Offers Tools To Assist You in Understanding Your Account
- Electronic Banking: Take advantage of real-time, round-the-clock access to your account information though Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Text Banking, email and text alerts, and automated telephone banking. We encourage you to use these services to help you manage your account responsibly.
- Real-Time Balance and Transaction Availability: When using electronic banking, you will now see a real-time, updated account balance providing detailed information for all posted and authorized pending transactions. This balance will not include overdraft limits and checks that have not been presented for payment.
- ATM Receipt: Your ATM receipt balances will provide your actual, real-time balance (does not include any overdraft limits.)
Ameris Bank Standard Overdraft Practices
Ameris Bank’s Standard Overdraft practices apply to most checking accounts. With Standard Overdraft practices we pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction. If we do not authorize and pay an overdraft your transaction will be declined.
Ameris Bank offers overdraft protection plans including transfers from another Ameris Bank account or a line of credit such as a Personal Reserve Account which may be less expensive than our standard overdraft practices.
Costs you may incur with our Standard Overdraft Practices: You will be charged an Overdraft or NSF Return Item fee of $35 for each item that is presented against an available balance insufficient to cover the transaction. There is a limit of 5 charges per day for consumer accounts. An Overdraft or NSF Return Item fee will not be assessed if the account is overdrawn $5.00 or less.
If you do not bring your account to a positive balance, you will be charged an Extended Overdraft fee of $35 on the fifth business day that your account has a negative available balance. All deposits to overdrawn accounts are applied to the negative balance. You are expected to bring your account to a positive balance within 60 days.
Items covered by our Standard Overdraft Practices: Standard overdraft practices covers all checks, in-person withdrawals, ACH transactions, preauthorized electronic transactions, automatic bill payments, and recurring debit card transactions. Standard overdraft practices do not cover ATM and one-time debit card transactions unless you authorize Ameris Bank to pay these types of transactions causing an overdraft.
If you have authorized payment for ATM and one-time debit card transactions, please verify your balance before initiating an ATM cash withdrawal or making a purchase. Each overdraft will be subject to a $35 Overdraft fee.
How an Overdraft Occurs: Your available balance is used to determine an overdraft. An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money available in your account to cover posted transactions at the time of processing each business day. An overdraft may result from:
- the payment of checks, electronic funds transfers, or other withdrawal requests
- payments (checks or automatic drafts) authorized by you
- returned unpaid item(s) deposited by you
- imposition of bank service charges.
Your account’s available balance is our most current record of the amount of money available for your use or withdrawal. We use the available balance to authorize your transactions during the day. Holds placed on your account, including exception and case-by-case holds on deposited items and holds for pending electronic transactions, such as debit card purchases and hotel or rental car deposits, reduce your available balance.
The available balance does not reflect every transaction you have initiated or previously authorized. For example, your available balance may not include the following:
- Outstanding checks and authorized automatic withdrawals (such as recurring debit card , transfers, and ACH transactions that we have not received for payment or received too close to our nightly processing
to include in your available balance)
- The final amount of a debit card purchase. For example, we may authorize a purchase amount prior to a tip that you add.
- Debit card transactions that have been previously authorized but not sent to us for payment from your account generally within 3 business days or up to 30 business days for certain transactions. We must release the transaction authorization hold even though the transaction may be sent for payment from your account at a later date.
Processing Order of Transactions: We process transactions in the following order:
- Deposits and credits.
- Obligated debits such as cashed checks at any Ameris Bank teller line, in-person savings/money market withdrawals, wires or Fed Withholding transactions (in order based on timestamp, but if timestamp is missing these debits are placed in order of highest to lowest amount).
- ATM/Debit Card Debits (in order based on timestamp).
- ACH/Electronic Debits (in order based on timestamp, but if timestamp is missing these debits are placed in order of highest to lowest amount).
- Checks (in order based on sequential check serial number, but if a serial number is missing, checks are processed in order of highest to lowest amount)
Opting Out of Standard Overdraft Practices: If you do not want the convenience of our standard overdraft practices, you may call our Customer Care Center at 866.616.6020 to notify us of this preference. Items presented in excess of your available balance will be returned and you will be charged a $35 NSF Return Item fee for each.
Customers who receive a Social Security, federal direct deposit, or any other entitlement benefit must opt out if they do not want the bank to apply those funds to pay an overdraft.
Your account agreement describes the duties, obligations, and rights of depositors, authorized signatories and the Bank with regard to your deposit accounts. That account agreement is incorporated herein for all purposes as if it were set forth verbatim as to matters not directly addressed by this disclosure.
Your account agreement and this disclosure shall be construed so as to minimize conflicts between them.
The bank’s forbearance from, or delay in, exercising any of the bank’s rights, remedies, privileges, or right to insist on your strict performance of any provisions of your account agreement, this Standard overdraft practices disclosure, or any other provision related to your account, shall not be construed to be a current or future waiver of the bank’s rights, remedies or privileges.
You and the bank agree that the exclusive remedy and forum for all disputes arising out of Standard overdraft practices or your or the bank’s performance there under, except for matters you or Bank take to small claims court, is arbitration by an independent arbitrator pursuant to the applicable rules of the American Arbitration Association, except as prohibited by law.