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    Common procedures for directors’ access to a company bank account

    1. Obtain the necessary approval from the shareholders or board of directors.
    2. Give the bank supporting papers, such as an ID from the government and verification of your position as a director.
    3. Examine and sign any contracts or other paperwork that the bank provides that is required.
    4. Obtain and safely preserve your username and password so that you may access online banking.
    5. Follow the company’s specified standards and practices when using the bank account and gaining access to it.
    6. In compliance with the company’s bylaws and any relevant laws or regulations, review and approve financial transactions.
    7. Make sure the bank account is only utilized for authorized business needs.
    8. Regularly check the account, and notify the proper parties of any unauthorized or questionable activity.
    9. Keep thorough records of all transactions, and give the board of directors frequent financial reports.


    Who can be a signatory on a company bank account

    A person who can perform transactions on the account, such as making deposits or withdrawals of money, is often referred to as a signatory on a company bank account. In this, the following is possible:

    1. Directors or officers of the business, including the president, chief executive, or treasurer.
    2. Other approved parties, like a worker in a particular position or level of power inside the organization.
    3. a firm representative, such as an attorney or accountant.
    4. a designated signatory is chosen by the shareholders or the board of directors.


    It’s crucial to keep in mind that the particular requirements for who can sign a company bank account can change depending on your country’s laws, the type of business, and the bank’s rules.


    Who can have access to a company bank account?

    Access to a company bank account is having the capacity to see account details, conduct transactions, or handle other account-related activities.
    It will rely on the company’s bylaws, internal procedures, as well as relevant laws and regulations, as to who can use a company bank account. In general, access should only be granted to people who have a genuine need for it for their jobs, and the organization should have effective internal controls in place to make sure that access is utilized only as intended.

    It’s also crucial to remember that the bank will have its own standards and processes for authorizing access to the company’s bank account, and the company will need to present the required paperwork and follow the bank’s guidelines.

    Establishing effective business processes and controls over access to your bank accounts will help to ensure the smooth flow of financial activity, improve security, and generally improve your relationship with your banking service providers.


    What is access to a business bank account?

    The term ‘access’ needs some explanation. With the shift to internet-based banking activity, access to your company’s banking functions happens at two different levels. Firstly, access to the company’s banking accounts via the internet, by signing-on through some digital portal with current credentials. Secondly, the more formal dealing with the bank to open, close, manage or modify your company’s bank accounts. This requires action by people who are registered with the bank as personally capable of issuing instructions. Generally  they are known as “authorized signatories”.


    Bank Account Management

    The overall process described here is Bank Account Management (BAM), dealing with the policies, procedures and actions you should follow. BAM will help you meet the challenges and risks associated with banking, and to establish effective business processes and controls around your bank account information.
    One of the most important features of BAM is the management of who should have access to your company’s bank accounts, since the security of your whole financial structure is built on establishing authority and trust.

    Permission for company employees and external service providers to access bank accounts should be granted at appropriate levels, which is determined by the function that they should be performing and the specific purpose of the account.


    Internet access

    The first type of access should be controlled by management, who set up the credentials for online access. This can be done on a personal basis, where individual people are allocated login credentials, or on a functional basis, where generic credentials are set up and then allocated to the people who will be authorized to perform some banking function. For example, you can either register the manager of the purchasing department by name, and give her access to the purchasing accounts, or you can set up a generic account (like ‘purchasingmgr’) and then the manager logs on with these credentials.


    Authorized officers of the company

    For the other type of access, at the highest level is an ‘authorized signatory’, which is a person who’s been given the right to sign documents, checks, and instructions on behalf of the company. The process of signature authorization determines the general responsibilities for authorized signers to follow when reviewing, approving and processing company dealing with the bank.


    Best account structure to manage access

    Properly organized banking arrangements should start with setting up separate bank accounts, each of which must serve a different purpose. Keeping separate bank accounts offers greater flexibility and control, making it easier to achieve your financial goals. A typical recommended spread of different bank accounts would be a business checking account, department-specific accounts such as purchases, human resources, payroll, office management etc. Other special accounts may be related to savings, money market and merchant account and any others appropriate to your business. Access to these accounts should be allocated on a strictly functional basis, so that there can be less interference between the actions taken.


    How to remove a signer from a corporate bank account.

    Signatory authority is allocated on a person-by-person-by-account basis. Removing a signer from a corporate bank accounts requires instructions to the bank to perform this function, by a person who is themselves a signatory authority with the necessary level of power.

    Removing access for internet accounts involves revoking the sign-on credentials for the person. As part of the BAM function, all sign-on credentials should be stored in a central database, so that access can be removed instantaneously.

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