Using Prefunded Direct Deposit

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Using Prefunded Direct Deposit

Background

If you need the ability to run direct deposit payrolls for pay dates less than four days in the future, you can prefund your direct deposits.  Before you run a payroll, Patriot will collect enough money to direct deposit into employee bank accounts as soon as one (1) banking day from the day you run payroll.

Otherwise, you can use the standard 4-day funding option, where Patriot will collect money after you run payroll.  This is a 4-day waiting period between the day you run payroll and the day employees are paid.  For examples comparing the timing of these two options, see Direct Deposit Funding and Timing Options.

Setting Your Initial Prefund

Before you run your first direct deposit payroll, Patriot will need to collect your prefund amount.  This will ensure there is enough money to cover your direct deposits for quicker processing.

Settings > Account Settings > Payment Settings > Direct Deposit Settings

Estimate Your Payroll Needs

If you want to use the prefund option, you will need to estimate how much you need to cover each payroll’s total employee net pay. There is currently no dollar limit on your prefund balance.  

Set Your Prefund Amount

Under the question “Do you want to prefund your payrolls?” click “Edit Target Refund Balance.” 

Enter the Target Prefunded Balance amount.  This is the amount that Patriot will initially collect when your current prefund balance is zero.  Patriot will also collect any difference between the current balance and this target amount each time you run a payroll.  Click Save.

When you have entered your prefund amount by 8:00pm Eastern Time, Patriot will collect the amount you have entered the next banking day.  You will see this withdrawal in your business bank account.  Your prefund balance will be ready to use in a payroll dated three banking days after you have set your prefund amount.

Replenishing Your Prefund Balance

When you run a prefunded payroll, Patriot will collect the same amount that was direct deposited to employees to replenish the Prefund Balance on the pay date. This will be available for a customer to use in the next payroll 3 business days after the collection takes place.

For example, if your prefund balance is $1000 and you run a payroll for $800, Patriot will collect $800 from your account to replenish your prefund balance back to $1000.

Changing Your Prefund Target Balance

You can either increase or decrease your prefunded target balance, if your payroll needs change. When you increase your target balance, Patriot will withdraw the increased amount the next banking day.  It will be available for use in a payroll 3 banking days after you have changed the target amount.

When you decrease your target balance, Patriot will not refund anything right away.  Instead, you will use up the prefunded amount you have in payrolls. Patriot will only collect to replenish when the current balance becomes lower than the target balance.

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