(a) “Electronic funds transfer” means a transfer of funds, other than a transaction originated by check, draft, or similar paper instrument, that is initiated through an electronic terminal, telephonic instrument, or computer or magnetic tape, so as to order, instruct, or authorize a financial institution to debit or credit an account. Electronic funds transfers shall be accomplished by an automated
clearinghouse debit, an automated clearinghouse credit, Fedwire, or by other specific electronic funds transfer methods approved in advance by the department.
(b) “Automated clearinghouse” means a federal reserve bank, or an organization established in agreement with the National Automated Clearing House Association, that operates as a clearinghouse for transmitting or receiving entries between banks and/or bank accounts and which authorizes an electronic transfer of funds between those banks or bank accounts.
(c) “Automated clearinghouse debit” means a transaction in which the state, through its designated depository bank, originates an automated clearinghouse transaction debiting the employer’s bank account and crediting the state’s bank account for the amount of tax. Banking costs incurred for the automated clearinghouse debit transaction shall be paid by the state.
(d) “Automated clearinghouse credit” means an automated clearinghouse transaction in which the employer, through its own bank, originates an entry crediting the state’s bank account and debiting its own bank account. Banking costs incurred for the automated clearinghouse credit transaction charged to the employer and to the state shall be paid by the employer.
(e) “Fedwire” means a transaction originated by the employer and utilizing the national electronic payment system to transfer funds through the federal reserve banks, pursuant to which the employer debits its own bank account and credits the state’s bank account. Electronic funds transfer payments may be made by Fedwire only if prior approval is obtained from the department and payment cannot, for good cause, be made pursuant to subdivision (a). Banking costs incurred for the Fedwire transaction charged to the employer and to
the state shall be paid by the employer.
(f) “Business day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, legal holiday as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service, statewide legal holiday as recognized by the State of California pursuant to Section 6700 of the Government Code, or a day in which the department is closed pursuant to Section 12b of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(g) “Settlement date” means the date on which an exchange of funds with respect to an entry is reflected on the books of the Federal Reserve Bank.
(h) For the purposes of Section 13021, the “cumulative average payment” means the cumulative dollar amount of deposits divided by the number of payments submitted during a given period. For the purposes of this section, the “cumulative average payment” may also be defined as a single annual deposit,
when only one payment is made during the 12-month period ending June 30.