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Will a bank account automatically close if it reaches zero balance?

Some of you might ask particularly those who withdraw all their deposits (money) on their bank accounts (e.g Passbook account, ATM account, Visa Card, etc.), "Will a bank account automatically close if it reaches zero balance?". Don't worry too much of your zero-balance account of getting closed. Why?

Zero-Balance Bank Account Close


Typically, banks will not automatically close your account even it reaches zero balance or it has no remaining deposit. First, bank's computer system will automatically compute the penalty of your account if it falls below the required maintaining balance. Since your account has no balance or money at all, the bank will deduct some amount from your zero balance account. Hence, a negative amount of balance will be reflected to your account.

What if your account reaches 3 to 6 months with no balance? Will it be closed?

Banks will not close that account even it reaches 1 year with no balance. They will just deduct below maintaining balance penalty to that account.

If you have an account with zero balance in 6 months, the bank's computer banking system will automatically compute the below maintaining balance penalty. For example, if the required maintaining balance is Php 10,000 ($225) then you deposit Php 10,000 ($225) to an account with zero balance in 6 months, you should not be surprised if the reflected balance is just Php 9,000 or something. Banks will automatically deduct from your deposit but will not automatically close after 6 months with zero balance.

Most banks in the Philippines impose a 2-year dormancy penalty or closure. The bank will charge additional penalty or close the account with no transactions or account with zero balance in 2 years.

  • To avoid account closure, you must leave an amount to your account equivalent to the minimum maintaining balance. The bank will never deduct to an account with minimum balance left.
  • Keep your account active by transacting to your account at least 2 to 3 times a year.
  • To keep monitoring your account balance, you can enroll to the bank's online or phone banking facility.
Are you having any problem with your zero-balance bank account?
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3 censor   (13 May 2016 2:30 PM)
My question is, is it LEGAL to have a negative balance from an account and deduct it later when deposited? Based on Terms and Conditions, the bank may close the account with zero balance without prior notice. My take on this is that, closing the account is the penalty for having a zero balance, hence, if the bank chose not to close it, means waiving their option to penalize the owner. It's like renting an apt, when you left without any content, the owner may shut it down or rent it out again to anybody. It is not as if you came back after two months and the apt was still vacant, you will have to pay the period when it was vacant.
My other take is that this negative balance or automatic imposition of penalty charges on zero balance account is not a designed policy, but merely an accidental one caused by the computer banking system employing Lien Facility.
I have researched that in India, its Central bank just recently issued an order to banks to stop imposing such charges. Let's wait for BSP's turn. rdbcsbout

1 Glady Faith G. Baldomero   (11 December 2014 12:37 PM)
My remaining balance is 104 Php. Will it close if I withdraw the 100 Php?

2 admin   (03 April 2015 9:19 AM)
Glady Faith, no.