As a business owner, it’s considered best practice for you to keep your personal and professional finances separate—even if you are doing business as a sole proprietor or independent contractor. Opening a checking account just for your business expenses is an important first step in managing your company’s finances, and will save you time and stress at tax time. What’s more, if you anticipate borrowing in the future there are many lenders who will not approve a business loan application if you don’t have a business checking account.
If you’re not sure where to start, consider Bank of America business checking accounts. The company offers two robust options that can work for small business owners, offering low fees and useful perks to streamline your business operations. In this Bank of America business account review, you’ll learn about the different options and how to choose the right account for you.
Just keep in mind as you read this that some accounts, services, and fees vary from state to state.
Features of Bank of America Business Checking Accounts
Bank of America offers two primary types of checking accounts available to small business owners, and you can switch between them as your needs change. Both of these are non-interest bearing accounts.
1. Business Advantage Fundamentals Banking
If you have a new business or if your average monthly balance tends to be relatively low, a Bank of America Fundamentals account may be for you. When you open a Business Advantage Fundamentals Banking, you’ll get access to Bank of America’s Small Business Online Banking platform. Use it to send one-time or recurring electronic payments (bill pay), receive bills from companies online, and download transactions to QuickBooks for easy accounting.
You’ll also get business and employee debit cards so you can track your business spending more easily.
With a Business Advantage Fundamentals Checking account, there is a $16 monthly fee. However, that fee will be waived if you meet one of the following requirements each statement billing cycle:
- Spend at least $250 in new net qualified debit card purchases
- Maintain a $5,000 combined average monthly balance
- Become a Preferred Rewards for Business member
There is no monthly account management fee. Fees vary for incoming wire transfers.
There are no fees for your first 200 teller transactions and checks. There are no excess transaction fees for certain transactions including debit card transactions, Remote Deposit Online, Bank of America ATM, or checks deposited through Mobile Check Deposit.
With the Business Advantage Fundamentals Checking account, a corresponding Business Advantage Savings account costs $10/month.
2. Business Advantage Relationship Banking
If your business is more established and you maintain an average monthly balance of $15,000 or more, consider signing up for a Business Advantage Checking account.
As an account member, you’ll get access to a Business Advantage Savings Account for no additional monthly fee. And, you can open a second Business Advantage Checking account without having to pay another monthly fee.
You’ll get access to the Small Business Online Banking platform, and get business and employee debit cards to manage your spending.
This business bank account has a simple fee structure of $29.95 per month. However, that fee will be waived if you meet one of the following requirements each statement cycle:
- Maintain a $15,000 combined average monthly balance
- Become a Preferred Rewards for Business member
There are no additional account management fees, and there is no fee for wire transfers.
In terms of a transaction fee, there are no fees for your first 500 teller transactions and checks.
What Do I Need to Open a Business Checking Account at Bank of America?
To apply for a Bank of America business checking account, you’ll need the following information:
- Business documentation such as filing documents, articles of organization, articles of incorporation and/or certificate of resolution
- Business Tax ID (EIN)
- Name and address of the business
- State in which the business operates
- State in which the business was formed
- Date the business was established
- SSN, address and DOB of the business owner
Once the bank has your application and all the appropriate documents, your account could be open and available for use within 24 hours. You will need to supply documentation within a certain number of days, so be prepared to provide it.
Once your account is open, you should receive a debit card and checks (if you’ve ordered them) within 5-7 business days.
How Much Money Do You Need to Open a Business Account with Bank of America?
You can open either of the BofA business accounts with an initial $100 deposit. Many financial institutions require you to add a minimum deposit into your account when you open it, usually between $25 and $100 for a checking or savings account.
To make this deposit, you can transfer money from an existing Bank of America account. If you’re not a customer, you can use a debit card, check, money order, or Zelle.
How a Bank of America Business Account Works
A Bank of America business account typically includes one of a couple of different types of checking accounts listed above. If you need a more full-service relationship, you can link a second Business Advantage Relationship Banking account, Business Economy Checking, Business Interest Checking, Business Advantage Savings, Business Investment Account and Business CDs. You may want both a business checking and business savings account, especially as your business grows.
You can open a Bank of America business account online but once your account is approved you’ll either need to mail a signature card or take it to a local financial center. You can then put funds into your account while applying by using a debit card, transferring money from another account or writing a check. You can open most banking accounts with an opening deposit of $100 or more.
You’ll get a debit card giving you access to thousands of ATMs, mobile banking, bill pay, and access to Zelle for your business.
Pros and Cons of a Bank of America Checking Account
If you’re thinking about opening a Bank of America small business checking account, keep these benefits and drawbacks in mind.
- Monthly fees can be waived: While there is a monthly fee, you can have that fee waived if you meet certain criteria.
- Robust banking platform: You’ll have access to the Small Business Online Banking platform, a program you can use to manage your finances, accept and send payments, and sync with QuickBooks.
- Bricks-and-mortar locations: Bank of America has thousands of branches nationwide. If you need in-person customer support, you can visit a branch and speak to a live representative for help.
- Fees: While it’s possible to get your monthly fees waived with a Bank of America checking account, not all businesses will qualify. And there are other fees that may impact your business.
- High monthly balance requirements : To have your monthly fee waived, Bank of America requires you to have an average monthly account balance of $3,000 to $15,000. That’s higher than some other free business checking account offerings.
- Mobile app gets mixed reviews. The Bank of America mobile app (not specifically for business banking) gets mixed reviews and does not appear to be as robust as some designed specifically for small business owners.
Here are the answers to some common questions about Bank of America’s business checking accounts:
1. What is the Bank of America Business Checking Bonus?
Occasionally, Bank of America will offer a bonus to new business checking customers. For example, at the time of this writing, you can earn up to $200 when you open a new Bank of America business checking account over the phone and meet qualifying criteria
The bonuses are always for a limited time, and are subject to change. Currently, you can earn $100 to $500 to support your small business.
2. What Are the Bank of America Business Checking Account Fees?
The fees for your checking account depend on what kind of account you have.
|Fee||Business Fundamentals||Business Advantage|
|Monthly Maintenance Fee||$16/month||$29.95/month|
|Account Management Fee||$0/month||$0/month|
|Wire Transfer Fees||Fees vary||$0|
|Monthly Free Transactions||No fee for first 200 transactions||No fees for first 500 transactions|
|Business Advantage Savings account||$10/month||$0/month|
3. Can I Open a Bank of America Business Checking Account Online?
Yes, you can open a Bank of America business checking account online.
4. Should I Get a Bank of America Business Credit Card?
If you’re a small business owner and are signing up for a business checking account, it’s a good idea to sign up for a business credit card, as well. Having a separate credit card will help you track your spending, allowing you to maximize your deductions. And, a good credit card can help you earn valuable rewards.
You can also set up your Bank of America business credit card as overdraft protection.
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Who is Bank of America’s Business Checking Best For?
A BofA business account could work well for a business owner looking for both online and in-person banking services, like checking your daily balance or making deposits. For business services like withdrawals, you can go to a physical branch or ATM. If you can qualify for the requirements needed to waive the monthly fee, one of these accounts could work well for your business. All of its accounts are FDIC insured, so there’s no need to worry about your money, as well.
Furthermore, a BofA business account can help you qualify for other accounts down the line. If you’re interested in getting financing like a line of credit or a loan, you can qualify for a lower interest rate. It could also be easier for an already established account holder to get a credit card with Bank of America.
Opening a Business Checking Account
Bank of America is just one of many banks that offer business checking accounts. If you’re thinking of opening a new business checking account for your company, choosing one of Bank of America’s checking accounts is an option to consider. With fees that may be waived and branches across the U.S., Bank of America can help you manage your business’ finances and streamline your bookkeeping.
This article was originally written on September 17, 2020 and updated on April 4, 2023.