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Can a business check be endorsed to another business?

If the company and bank you’re working with allows it, and it’s endorsed properly, you can endorse a business check to another business. However, it’s best to use custom business checks as the solution to make a direct payment to the other business to avoid potential issues or tax complications.

Third-party checks?

When it comes to signing over checks, you’re discussing third-party checks. Third-party checks are either a personal check or business check that is signed over as payment to another person.

Endorsing business checks

If you are the payee (recipient) on a check, you make an endorsement to sign it over to someone else, now making that money belong to the new payee.

Endorsement is a signature, and you’ll see the place to sign on the back of your personal check or business check. Be sure to avoid the “do not endorse/sign” spot, otherwise your bank will likely have difficulties processing the check.

If you’re interested in endorsing business checks, here’s the types of check endorsements:

  • Endorsement in full: This includes the instructions “pay to the order of” with your (the payee) signature, signing the check over in full to the new payee.
  • Blank endorsement: This includes your (the payee) signature but no other instructions.
  • Restrictive endorsement: This includes the instructions “for deposit only” with your (the payee) signature, making this check only viable for deposits – and someone can’t cash it. If you also include a bank account number with this instruction, the check can only be deposited into that specific account. Also note that some banks require payees to endorse a check with "for mobile deposit only" to deposit a check remotely with a mobile banking app.

Is endorsing business checks to another business good to do?

First, you’ll need to see if the company and its bank are OK with this. Ultimately, the bank reserves the right to make a final decision regarding whether this deposit will be allowed. They might have more specific requirements on necessary endorsements.

Second, is this really the best way to make a payment? It honestly can get messy, confusing, and may cause potential issues or tax complications.

A better solution is to deposit a check that has been made personally to your company into your business checking account. From there, you can use your custom business checks to write a check to the company from your account. It’s a clear-cut payment system with clear documentation.

Speaking of business checks, what does my business need?

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