Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

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Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby joshbingham » Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:26 pm

I have read the Handbook section and I have a question about the following"

"In units where members make payments electronically (such as direct deposit or automatic bill pay), payments should be deposited in the Church’s bank account as instructed by Church headquarters or the assigned administrative office."

So, I had a member ask me if she could set up a direct deposit process for her tithing.

One of the Bishopric counselors mentioned the church only does this for those in the military and/or countries were traditional banking isn't found. Can anyone verify this?

Can members, her in the US, pay using direct deposit, and if so, what are the procedures?

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby lajackson » Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:32 pm

joshbingham wrote:I have read the Handbook section and I have a question about the following"

"In units where members make payments electronically (such as direct deposit or automatic bill pay), payments should be deposited in the Church’s bank account as instructed by Church headquarters or the assigned administrative office."

The process described at that point in the Handbook applies to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada where members are not able to write checks. There is no provision at the present time for a member in the U.S. or Canada to donate electronically directly to a ward or branch.

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby joshbingham » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:15 am

Makes perfect sense. Thanks.

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby gshepher1967 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:50 am

Hi there, we (Australia and probably New Zealand) are able to use a bpay system to deposit tithing and fast offerings directly into the church account. We generally send a message thru the message system in MLS and we receive a account number and reference number. We actually encourage members to use this system to reduce the amount of cash and cheques we have to handle weekly. Sorry you guys don't have a similar system in the US.

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby lajackson » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:38 pm

gshepher1967 wrote:(Australia and probably New Zealand) are able to use a bpay system to deposit tithing and fast offerings directly into the church account. . . .
Sorry you guys don't have a similar system in the US.

We anxiously anticipate the day when we will be able to do this in the U.S. I write checks to only one payee, the ward in which I live.

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby johnshaw » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:06 pm

Just call the number or email them @ 801-240-2554 or 1-800-453-3860 ext 2-2554 or email donations@ldschurch.org [email works best]

Let the Church Donations Department direct you on this. If you sign up now your donations will be 'copied' to your local ward or you can ask that they be kept private.
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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby lajackson » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:02 pm

johnshaw wrote:Let the Church Donations Department direct you on this.

Unless something has changed, this will not work for Ward Missionary Fund donations.

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby JeffTurgeon » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:39 am

Interesting, I was never asked if I wanted to make my deposits "private." At tithing settlement time we can't find any record on the local machine through MLS. I need to bring in the statements that the church sends me.

SL gives me monthly statements, quarterly, and end of year. Tithing settlements in my local ward are done in December so I never have the end of year statement since it isn't emailed to me until January the following year. I have 2 separate account numbers, one for tithing and another for fast offerings.

Problem with the fast offering fund is that these funds are not available to the local stake, instead contributions electronically go to the main fund.

Is there a way to have church offices in SLC transmit my data back to my home ward for MLS to see it?

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby russellhltn » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:55 am

JeffTurgeon wrote:Is there a way to have church offices in SLC transmit my data back to my home ward for MLS to see it?

No.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Re: Direct Deposit, Can anyone do this, and if so how?

Postby allenjpl » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:39 pm

JeffTurgeon wrote:I need to bring in the statements that the church sends me.
I'm not sure I see the need to bring in any statements. Your answer to the bishop's question, "Are you a full-tithe payer" doesn't change regardless of what statements you bring in, and I've never seen a bishop demand proof. It's essentially the same as if you've just moved into the ward. Having no record of donations in the ward is not the same as there being no donations at all.
Problem with the fast offering fund is that these funds are not available to the local stake, instead contributions electronically go to the main fund.
It's a common misconception that fast offerings remain in the ward/stake where they were collected. In truth, there is no link between funds collected in a stake and funds available to that stake to assist the needy.


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