Direct deposit is a method by which one person or company can place funds directly into the bank account of another. Normally, the person wishing to make the transfer must go to the offices of a financial institution and process the payment there. Funds for the payment could be handed over there and then as cash or could come from the bank account of the person or organization making the payment. A fee may be charged to the person making the payment by the financial institution processing it. However, if the person has an account with the financial institution, the fee may be waived.
As well as one-off payments, it is possible to set up arrangements so that payments will be made regularly into an account. It is also possible and, in fact, very common for people to receive pay from their employers through direct deposit. In this case, the employee must usually fill out a form, supplying all of his or her bank account details, and hand it in to the company payroll department. The alternative to direct deposit, for remuneration purposes, is receiving either a cheque or cash from the employer instead. Some employers may require that employees set up direct deposit arrangements, however, and refuse to provide pay by other means.