How to use bacs money transfer

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How to use bacs money transfer
A BACS money transfer is a straightforward process. (money money money image by swall5432 from Fotolia.com)

BACS stands for Bankers Automated Clearing Services and is a simple process of making payments via electronic transactions. It is internationally recognised as a safe way of transferring money between bank accounts. It can take three to five working days for a BACS payment to clear. Many people use Direct Debit to pay their monthly household bills; this is done using the BACS system.

How to use bacs money transfer
Your account details are required to make a BACS transfer. (Numbers image by paul hampton from Fotolia.com)

Supply your bank the account number, sort code and account name of the person or company you are transferring funds to, together with the amount of money you wish to transfer.

How to use bacs money transfer
Other people can transfer money by BACS into your account. (A heap of British pounds image by kaleff from Fotolia.com)

Supply the person or company who is transferring money to you with your account number, sort code and the exact name on your account to enable them to put funds into your account.

How to use bacs money transfer
Keep a record of all your transactions. (pencil and paper image by Anita P Peppers from Fotolia.com)

Make a note of any reference numbers provided so that you have a record of the transaction.

Warning

Always take care when giving out your personal information and bank account details.

Tips and warnings

  • Always take care when giving out your personal information and bank account details.

Things you need

  • Bank account with account number and sort code
  • Pen
  • Paper

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