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Direct deposit is a process where someone who is going to be paid on a recurring basis, such as an employee, or a recipient of a government entitlement or benefit program such as social security is sent the payment owed to them into their checking or savings account. The reasons for doing this include:
- Instant access to the funds via an ATM or check card.
- A check can be lost or stolen anywhere between the sender and the intended payee.
- Payments made electronically can be less expensive to the payor, typically electronic payments may cost around 25¢ (US) vs. up to $2 to generate, print and mail a paper check.
See also: paycheck
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