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ZBA

What it is:

A zero-balance account (or ZBA) is a business-oriented bank account that usually has a balance of $0.

How it works (Example):

For example, let's say that restaurant company XYZ keeps its cash in Account A, an interest-bearing account. Every Tuesday, its accounting department writes checks on Account B, a checking account that Company XYZ has set up as its ZBA, to pay the bills due that week. This week, the amount of those checks is $40,150.

Company XYZ wants to keep its cash centralized in one account that pays interest. To keep as much money in the interest-bearing account as possible, Company XYZ moves only $40,150 out of Account A into Account B on Tuesday so the checks clear.
 

Why it Matters:

ZBAs help companies avoid having money spread out over several different bank accounts, which costs the company interest and creates more bookkeeping work.