Compare business bank accounts
A business bank account can help you manage your day-to-day spending, protect your transactions and integrate into your reporting and accounting tools. Here's how to find the best account for your business.
Compare business bank accounts
What is a business bank account?
A business bank account is a transaction account that is specifically designed for businesses rather than for personal use. You can use your business bank account to pay for day-to-day business expenses, pay invoices and staff wages and also to receive payments from clients and customers.
How to compare and find the best business bank account
Here are a few key things to consider when picking a business bank account:
The monthly account fee
Some business bank accounts charge monthly fees, in exchange for more features and services than what's offered on a personal account. If you don't need larger transaction limits, staff-assisted cash deposits or specialised features, look for a business bank account with no monthly fee.
The branch network
Some banks don't have any physical branches in Australia. If you need to make staff-assisted transactions in a bank branch, make sure the bank account you choose has branches in convenient locations for your workplace or home.
The online portal
Does the account come with access to an online portal to help with your business reporting and tax obligations? Also, looking for an account that's already integrated with accounting software like Xero can help you manage your business admin.
Is there a limit to how many debit cards you can request, or is there a fee for each additional card? Look into this if you want to have multiple debit cards for multiple employees.
If you regularly receive cash payments you should look for a business bank account that doesn't charge you to deposit cash. It's worth comparing the cost per transaction, with an account that charges a flat monthly fee for unlimited staff-assisted transactions to see which option would save you money.
The overdraft facility
This is a feature that's not widely offered with personal bank accounts, but it can be offered with business accounts. If your business needs an overdraft facility, look for an account that offers this.
If you travel a lot for work and plan to use the debit card to withdraw cash or make purchases overseas, look for a business bank account with low or no international ATM and foreign transaction fees.
Who needs a business bank account?
If you’re registered as a partnership, small business, company, sole trader or Trust in Australia then you need to open a business bank account, and cannot use a personal account. This is to ensure you meet your business tax obligations.
Not only is it a legal requirement, but small business bank accounts are also helpful to keep your business income separate from your personal finances.
Benefits of a business bank account
Business bank accounts offer a range of benefits, but some of the best include:
- Designed for businesses. Business transaction accounts are designed with businesses in mind, rather than everyday consumers. They include features that are beneficial to businesses, such as an overdraft facility.
- Keep your business money separate. Having a dedicated business bank account ensures you keep your business finances completely separate from your personal finances.
- Often integrated with business services. These accounts often include added support for businesses, such as seamless integration with accounting software to reduce the admin burden.
- Specialised online platform. Often banks will offer a dedicated online portal for business bank customers that’s tailored to their needs. For example NAB Connect is NAB’s online business banking tool that allows customers to manage remuneration payments and offers customised transaction reports.
- Larger transfer limits. Business bank accounts often allow for larger daily transfer and transaction limits than personal bank accounts to accommodate large invoice payments and staff wages, etc.
- Easier at tax time. With all your business expenses organised separately from your personal finances, it’s easier to manage your tax obligations at the end of the financial year. Your business expenses will be clearly identifiable in their own account.
- Manage your cash flow. With all your business expenses, payments and earnings in the one account, it’s easier to analyse your day-to-day business cash flow.
- Multiple people can use the account. You can opt for a joint business account if you’d like another person such as a business partner or co-owner to have access to the same account.
How to apply for a business bank account
- Apply online. Once you've chosen an account, complete the online application on the bank's website (or you can also go in branch if the bank has branches).
- Add your details. Fill in your name, age, address, contact details and residency status. You'll also need to provide details of your business, such as the business name, address, TFN and ABN.
- Verify your identity. Once the bank has verified your identity with your driver's licence, passport or other forms of ID, your account will be opened instantly.
- Fund your account. Transfer some money into your new bank account from another account or deposit cash into the account via a bank branch, ATM or Post Office. You'll soon receive your debit card in the mail.
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