Overdraft Fees & Why You Need a Novo Account

Overdraft fees cost Americans cut into the profitability of your small business. Here’s what you should know about them, and ways to prevent them.
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Accounting
October 16 | 2 Minutes

Overdraft fees happen when you have a negative balance in your account. If you’re an entrepreneur hoping to grow your small business, these fees can be problematic. Today, we’re helping you define what these fees are all about, how you can avoid them, and why a Novo account can help you reduce them.

How much are you charged in overdraft fees?

Americans paid $34 billion in overdraft fees in 2017 alone, and that number only seems to be climbing. But how does it affect you? We don’t know exactly how much you’re going to get charged for these fees. What we do know is that the average overdraft fee is around $33.36, according to a Bankrate study

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If you look at some of the biggest names in U.S. banking, most of them charge between $34 and $37 in these fees. 

What types of overdraft fees are there?

There are four main types of overdraft fees. They are…

  • Overdraft Fee: We’ve already covered the first one. If your transaction sets your balance in the red, your bank will charge you. Most banks will put you on the hook for up to 6 overdraft fees per day. However, some will charge you up to 12 times in 24 hours.
  • Non-Sufficient Funds Fee: Also known as NSF fees, a bank will hit you with these when they reject transaction that would put your balance at a negative amount. Most banks will either charge you an overdraft fee or an NSF one, but not both.
  • Overdraft Protection Fee: If you have multiple accounts with a bank, the institution might use funds from an account with a positive balance to cover a negative balance on the other account. You will also get charged an overdraft protection fee to cover this convenience.
  • Extended Overdraft Fee: If your balance remains in the red for more than 5 business days (usually), you’ll get charged extra.

How do I avoid overdraft fees?

The best way to avoid overdraft fees is to have a good financial management tool. The Novo app links up with Xero, an accounting software that helps you keep these fees at bay. 

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It’s also vital to keep tabs on when your transactions will clear. Doing so will inform you of what your balance will look like at the end of the day. In addition, pay attention to the time of the month in which recurring payments will happen as doing so will prevent you from getting hit with a fee.

The Takeaway

Getting hit with a series of overdraft fees can be brutal for a small business owner. This event can prevent you from investing that money into new equipment or paying your employees. By familiarizing yourself with these fees and learning when they happen, you’ll be in a better position to avoid them. And with the right banking platform, you’ll have a lower chance of taking on these fees.

 

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