Electronic Transfer Account - ETA

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Electronic Transfer Account - ETA'

A bank account for federal payment recipients who do not have checking or savings accounts. Instead of receiving federal payments by check for Social Security, SSI, the Railroad Retirement Board, OPM retirement, VA benefits, DOL/Black Lung and civilian or military salary or wages, an ETA allows the recipient to receive his or her federal transfer payment by direct deposit, which is considered to be faster, more convenient and more secure than receiving payment by check.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Electronic Transfer Account - ETA'

The ETA is a federally insured account and is available through those banks, savings and loans, and credit unions that have registered with the U.S. Treasury as ETA providers. Money can be withdrawn from the account over the counter, at an ATM or through debit card purchases depending on the account terms, but not through check writing. Investment companies, insurance companies and check-cashing companies cannot offer ETAs. Individuals can open an ETA regardless of credit history unless they have previously abused an ETA account.

RELATED TERMS
  1. FDIC Insured Account

    An account that meets the requirements to be covered or insured ...
  2. Credit History

    A record of a consumer's ability to repay debts and demonstrated ...
  3. Credit Union

    Member-owned financial co-operative. These institutions are created ...
  4. General Ledger

    A company's main accounting records. A general ledger is a complete ...
  5. Finance

    The science that describes the management, creation and study ...
  6. Direct Deposit

    Electronic funds that are deposited directly into your bank account ...
Related Articles
  1. Bag The Best Bank Account
    Insurance

    Bag The Best Bank Account

  2. Inside National Payment Systems
    Economics

    Inside National Payment Systems

  3. Your First Checking Account
    Insurance

    Your First Checking Account

  4. Cut Your Bank Fees
    Personal Finance

    Cut Your Bank Fees

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Accounts Payable - AP

    An accounting entry that represents an entity's obligation to pay off a short-term debt to its creditors. The accounts payable ...
  2. Ratio Analysis

    Quantitative analysis of information contained in a company’s financial statements. Ratio analysis is based on line items ...
  3. Days Payable Outstanding - DPO

    A company's average payable period. Calculated as: ending accounts payable / (cost of sales/number of days).
  4. Net Sales

    The amount of sales generated by a company after the deduction of returns, allowances for damaged or missing goods and any ...
  5. Over The Counter

    A security traded in some context other than on a formal exchange such as the NYSE, TSX, AMEX, etc. The phrase "over-the-counter" ...
  6. Earnings Before Interest After Taxes - EBIAT

    A financial measure that is an indicator of a company's operating performance. EBIAT, which is equivalent to after-tax EBIT ...
Trading Center