How to Convert Saving Account to Salary Account
How Can I Convert My Savings Account to A Salary Account?
If you have a Savings Account and have recently started receiving a regular salary, you may want to consider converting your Savings Account to a Salary Account. It comes with benefits such as higher transaction limits, waived account maintenance (minimum balance) fees and reduced fees for various banking services.
In this blog, we will help you understand how to convert your Savings Account to a Salary Account, how ICICI Bank customers can do the same and the benefits of doing so. We will also look at differences between both the accounts.
Steps to Convert a Savings Account to a Salary Account
Generally, most banks will require you to do the following:
Step 1: Check your eligibility
You must begin by checking if you can convert your Savings Account to a Salary Account. For this, you will need to meet the bank’s eligibility criteria which usually include minimum salary and employment with a company that has a tie-up with the bank.
Step 2: Obtain the application form
Once you have confirmed your eligibility, you need to get the application form to convert your Savings Account to a Salary Account. You can download the form from the bank's website or visit your nearest branch for a physical copy.
Step 3: Fill out the application form
Fill out the application form with accurate and up-to-date information. Ensure that you fill out all the required fields correctly and legibly. Also, provide your correct salary details and other employment information.
Step 4: Submit the application form and documents
After completing the form, submit it along with the necessary documents such as your salary slip(s), employment ID card and ID proof at your nearest bank branch. You can also upload the same if that option is available online. Once the bank verifies your documents and approves your application, your Savings Account will get converted to a Salary Account.
Remember that the documents required to convert your Savings Account to a Salary Account may vary depending on the bank policies and procedures. You should check with your bank to find out what documents you need to submit along with your application form.
Converting a Savings Account to a Salary Account with ICICI Bank
The process of converting your Savings Account to a Salary Account withICICI Bank is simple. Your ICICI Bank Savings Account can be converted to a Salary Account if your employer has a tie-up with ICICI Bank for their employees’ Salary Accounts.
In this case, you need to fill up a form with details of your existing ICICI Bank Account and submit it to your HR team for account conversion. Eligible account holders can convert their accounts through ICICI Bank Net Banking online or through the iMobile Pay app.
If your employer does not have a tie-up with ICICI Bank but you still want to make the transition, reach out to your HR and they can contact the Bank Representatives.
There are also some cases where special considerations can be given but for that, you will have to visit your nearest ICICI Bank Branch and reach out to the representatives. You can also contact ICICI Bank Customer Care.
Types of ICICI Bank Salary Accounts
Regular Salary Account
This is a regular salary account that can be opened with a minimum average monthly salary of Rs 10,000.
Silver Salary Account
Your employer can set you up for this zero-balance salary and reimbursement account. You will get a free Welcome Kit which will include a Debit Card and a chequebook.
There is no limit on the number of ATM transactions across the ICICI Bank network and no minimum balance requirement.
Gold Salary Account
There are no fees if the required minimum monthly average balance is not maintained. This account has all the features of the Silver Savings Account and more. You can get a waiver of Demand Draft/Pay Order charges up to Rs 1 lakh per day, free Inter-Bank Money Transfer through online NEFT and Personal Accident Insurance of Rs 5 lakh with effect from Feb 10, 2023.
There is also Air Accident Insurance of Rs 30 lakh. The Titanium Salary Account is another great Salary Account that you can consider.
ICICI Bank also has a special Defence Salary Account for defence personnel.
The Bank also offers the option to open Salary Accounts online. Employers can easily open Salary Accounts for each employee electronically without going to the bank by following a simple online process and with little documentation.
Documents Required to Open ICICI Bank Salary Account
A few documents must be submitted in duplicate by the applicant/organisation either in person at the Branch or to the ICICI Bank Agent for opening an ICICI Bank Salary Account.
Proof of Identity
Letter of appointment from the organisation with the signature and stamp of the designated signatory.
The following are the address proofs:
PAN Card or valid passport with a photo and signature, Voter ID Card, Aadhaar Card and driver's licence.
Any organisation looking to partner with ICICI Bank needs to employ at least 20 employees at an average salary of Rs 20,000 for rural areas and Rs 25,000 for urban areas.
Benefits of Converting your Savings Account to a Salary Account
Higher transaction limits
One of the primary benefits of converting your Savings Account to a Salary Account is that you will get higher transaction limits. You will also be able to withdraw more money from ATMs and make bigger transactions using your Debit Card.
Waived account maintenance fees
Another benefit of having a Salary Account with ICICI Bank is that there will be no account maintenance fees. You will not have to pay any charges for maintaining your account which can save your money.
Reduced fees for various banking services
Salary Account holders with ICICI Bank also have reduced fees for various banking services such as NEFT, RTGS and IMPS transactions. This can help you save transaction fees and make banking more affordable.
In addition to the above benefits, Salary Account holders with ICICI Bank also get access to additional features such as free chequebooks.
Difference between Savings and Salary Accounts
Savings Accounts and Salary Accounts serve different purposes. Here are some of the key differences between these two types of accounts:
A Savings Account is designed to help you save money by earning interest on deposits. On the other hand, a Salary Account is for salaried individuals who receive a regular salary from their employer.
Transaction limits are generally higher for Salary Accounts as compared to Savings Accounts. This is because Salary Account holders need to withdraw larger amounts of money to meet their expenses.
Account maintenance fees
Most banks charge an account maintenance fee for Savings Accounts to keep a minimum balance. However, this is often waived for Salary Accounts.
Savings Accounts usually come with a certain number of free chequebooks while Salary Accounts often come with unlimited free chequebooks. This is because Salary Account holders may need to write more cheques to pay their bills and expenses.
To open a Savings Account, you need to provide an ID proof, address proof and few other documents as specified. To open a Salary Account, you may also need to provide your employment details and salary slip(s) as proof of your employment.
Converting your ICICI Bank (or any other) Savings Account to a Salary Account has benefits such as higher transaction limits, waived account maintenance fees and reduced fees for other banking services.
While there are differences between these accounts, both serve important purposes.
Choosing the right type of account depends on your individual financial goals and needs. If you are a salaried individual who wants to take advantage of the benefits of having a Salary Account, consider converting your Savings Account to a Salary Account.
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