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A monetary amount that is subtracted from an account balance. A debit from one account is a credit to another. See credit and debit card.
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the left side of bookkeeping accounts. All economic operations are recorded as a debit in one account and as a credit in another. In active accounts, debit designates an increase in recorded sums; in passive accounts, it designates a decrease. Thus, in active property accounts, which serve as a record of the movement of commercial-material values, a debit shows the value of goods on hand at the beginning of the year and the receipt of goods during the reporting year. In active settlement accounts, debit refers to the payments due from debtors at the beginning of the year and their increase during the course of the year; in passive settlement accounts. it is the settling of debts owed to creditors.

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TOP TIP CHECK your bank statement, and in particular your direct debits, monthly.If anything does not look right, contact your bank immediately.
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The resource provider debits an asset and credits an asset or payable.
Direct debit payments have proved to be such a big hit that up to 32 million people now use them to settle bills - a 400 per cent increase in 10 years.
Studies conducted by the private sector and by the Federal Reserve in the late 1980s concluded that charging fees to reduce daylight overdrafts and their associated risk would be preferable to other means, such as collateralization and more restrictive net debit caps.
It's the difference between "debit" and "credit." Debit means "subtract." When you use a debit card, you are subtracting your money from your own bank account.
An SEPA direct debit is a transfer initiated by a creditor through a bank in the terms of an agreement between the creditor and the debtor.