A bank is simply defined as a place where you can save money, take loans, and carry out all financial transactions. Opening a savings account is the most contemporary way of saving money. To open a savings account is easy; it requires one to fill in some personal details, show proof of identification and a proof of address for non-students accounts.
If you are wondering how much you should have in a savings account, then the answer is no amount. You can put as much amount of money as you want in your account, no bank will sanction you. Moreover, the bigger your money, the more useful it is for the bank. The larger the amount of money you deposit in your savings account, the larger the interest the bank pays.
Let’s divert a little bit, have you ever wondered how a bank operates? If you deposit money in your account, the bank takes your money and the money that other people deposit. They loan out these monies to customers. These customers will, in turn, pay back their loans with interests. A share of this interest is paid to you by the bank, while the rest is used to fund the bank’s operation. So you see, there is absolutely no reason for the bank to prevent you from depositing the most significant amount of money that exists.
But of course, you know that you stand to gain extra money in the form of interests paid by the bank if you deposit money in your savings account. This interest differs per bank and is only noticed if you save a large amount of money without touching it for a long time. Do you know that popular and national banks pay less interest than online banks? The reasons are simple; national banks are easily accessible because they have a lot of branches. The interest they pay is less because it costs a lot of money to fund all their branches. On the other hand, online banks rarely have branches. That’s why their interests are more.
Now that we have made it clear to you that there is no limit to the amount of money that you can save in your savings account, a few rules are governing the amount of money that you can deposit in the bank. Don’t panic yet, read on, and find out for yourself.
What is the maximum amount of cash you can deposit in a bank?
Although there are no limitations to the amount of money that can be in your savings account, there is a little tweak when it comes to how much money you can put in a bank without questions. Also, a lot of people ask how much money, should I keep in my savings account, so let’s dive into details.
Have you ever heard of the Bank Secrecy Act? It is a law that was made in 1970 to keep an eye out for fraudsters that deposit a large amount of money. This is not to say that you are a fraudster; it’s just a cautious act by the bank to prevent illegal financial activities. This Bank Secrecy Act is triggered when you deposit a five-digit amount of money or above. The lowest five-digit amount is $10,000.
This is what happens when you deposit $10,000; between the next 15 days that you make that deposit, the bank will report you to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Now, don’t take it the wrong way, the bank will only report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you deposited $10,000 or above. You will be contacted and asked to fill in a form. Remember, no one is accusing you or suing you for being a fraudster; the bank is just doing what they are supposed to do.
This Internal Service Revenue (IRS) form is called IRS Form 8300. After filling the form, the IRS notifies its agents at the local, state, and national levels about your transaction. These agents will, in turn, monitor where the money came from and where it is going to. These cautious acts are carried out to fish out counterfeit funds, funds for a criminal organization, and of course, stolen money.
It is legal to deposit money above $10,000; you will only be asked to fill IRS Form 8300. However, if, in a bid to bypass this IRS form, you divide $10,000 into fragments and deposited them into the same bank account at different times, the bank will notice and might mistake you for a fraud. The bank might also mistake you for a fraud if you deposit fragments of $10,000 to your different bank accounts in the same bank. In the above instances, you were trying to outsmart the law by bypassing IRS Form 8300. It’s only reasonable that the bank starts being suspicious.
Another thing that will interest you is the Federal Deposit Insurance (FDIC) insurance limit. Have you ever wondered what will happen to your money if a bank goes bankrupt? Don’t doubt it; it has happened before. Let’s now see if you can get back your money if something happens to the bank, shall we?
FDIC Insurance Limit
The Federal Deposit Insurance (FDIC) is insurance set out to protect people like me and you who depend on the bank to save their money. If your account balance is below or equal to $250,000, rest assured that if something goes wrong in the bank, your money will be given to you in full. If you have a joint account, you will be paid $500,000. However, if you have more than $250,000, you will not be paid the difference. To avoid this kind of occasion, you are advised to open as many accounts as you can in the bank, all of whose balance should be equal or lower than $250,000
The most secure way of saving money nowadays is by putting it in the bank. This article has explained that you can have as much money as you can afford in your bank account. But we recommend that you keep equal to or lower than $250,000. This is so that the FDIC insurance law will protect your money. Remember also, that we advise you not to structure (fragment) $10,000 while depositing, it will only send out the wrong signal to the bank.
Amy Fischer - Born and lives in Israel. Despite the fact that she is still young, she is a very experienced specialist who is well versed in economics and banking. Also in her spare time Amy shares her experience and interesting news with the readers of Bank Login Lab.