Difference Between Salary And Savings Accounts; Interest Rate, Minimum Balance And Penalty Rules

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New Delhi : In general terms, a salary account is an account opened in a bank in which the person’s salary comes. Banks open these accounts at the behest of companies and corporations. Every employee of the company has his own salary account, which he has to operate himself. When the time comes for the company to pay its employees, the bank takes money from the company’s account and puts it in the employees’ account. The rules of the salary account are different from the savings account.

No minimum balance required in salary account
Salary account is normally opened by the employer to give his salary to his employee. Whereas, a savings account is opened to save money and keep it in the bank. No minimum balance is required in the salary account, whereas in the bank’s savings account you are required to maintain some minimum balance.

If the salary has not been added to the salary account for a certain period of time (normally three months), the bank will convert the salary account into a regular savings account which requires minimum balance. On the other hand, if the bank approves, you can convert your savings account into a salary account. You can do this when you change your job and your new employer wants to open your salary account with the same bank.

Same interest rate in both accounts
The interest rate on salary and savings account remains the same. The bank pays interest at the rate of about 4 percent in your salary account. A corporate salary account can be opened by anyone who takes salary from the company. A salary account can be opened by your employer, while anyone can open a savings account.

If you have changed your job, and you have not closed or changed your salary account, then keep a minimum balance in it. If not doing so, the bank can impose maintenance fee or penalty on that savings account.

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