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ACH Return Codes

R73

ACH return codes identify the reason an ACH payment was returned by the recipient’s bank. They make it easier for originating and receiving financial institutions to spot and communicate payment failures.

ACH Return Code
R73
Definition
Timely Original Return
Account Type
Consumer or Non-Consumer
Time Frame
ODFI must transmit Return within 5 Bnkg. Days

What Is ACH Return Code R73?

ACH return codes are used to identify the reason an ACH payment has been returned by the recipient's bank. They make it easier for originating and receiving financial institutions to spot and communicate payment failures.

ACH Return Code R73, also known as “Timely Original Return," is a standard code used in Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions.

This code indicates that the RDFI is currently in the process of ensuring that the original return of the given transaction was processed within the appropriate timeline specified by Nacha. The ODFI must transmit a return for R73 within 5 banking days.

How To Address ACH Return Code R73

Nacha prescribes separate rules for handling each return code since each one represents a unique scenario. ODFIs (Originating Depository Financial Institutions) and RDFIs (Receiving Depository Financial Institutions) are responsible for handling ACH return codes according to these rules.

Because this code indicates that a transaction is undergoing review by the RDFI, if you encounter R73, your best bet is to start by contacting the RDFI directly. The RDFI can give you more information about the transaction and their review will likely result in one of two scenarios:

  1. If the RDFI finds that the transaction was sent within the timeframe specified by Nacha’s rules, the transaction will transmit once the RDFI finishes their review
  2. If the RDFI finds that the transaction was not sent within the timeframe specified by Nacha’s rules, the transaction will not process and you will likely also receive return code R68 notifying you of an untimely return

In either case, the RDFI is the best institution to help you resolve R73.

What Is An ACH Return Code?

ACH return codes identify the reason an ACH payment was returned by the recipient's bank. They make it easier for originating and receiving financial institutions to spot and communicate payment failures. Each code begins with 'R' followed by a two digit number. ACH return codes are standardized and maintained by NACHA, the governing body for the ACH network.

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R01Insufficient Funds
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R02Account Closed
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R03No Bank Account/Unable to Locate Account
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R04Invalid Account Number
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R05Unauthorized Debit to Consumer Account Using Corporate SEC Code
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R06Returned per ODFI's Request
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R07Customer Revoked Authorization
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R08Payment Stopped
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R09Uncollected Funds
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R10Originator not known and/or not authorized to Debit Receiver’s Account
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R11Check Truncation Entry Return
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R12Branch Sold to Another DFI
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R13Invalid ACH Routing Number
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R14Representative Payee Deceased or Unable to Continue in That Capacity
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R15Beneficiary or Account Holder Deceased
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R16Account Frozen
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R17File Record Edit Criteria
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R18Improper Effective Entry Date
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R19Amount Field Error
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R20Non-Transaction Account
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R21Invalid Company Identification
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R22Invalid Individual ID Number
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R23Credit Entry Refused by Receiver
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R24Duplicate Entry
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R25Addenda Error
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R26Mandatory Field Error
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R27Trace Number Error
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R28Routing Number Check Digit Error
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R29Corporate Customer Advises Not Authorized
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R30Receiving DFI Not Participant in Check Truncation Program
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R31Permissible Return Entry (CCD and CTX only)
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R32RDFI Non-Settlement
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R33Return of XCK Entry
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R34Limited Participation DFI
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R35Improper Debit Entry
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R36Improper Credit Entry
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R37Source Document Presented for Payment
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R38Stop Payment on Source Document
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R39Improper Source Document
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R40Return of ENR Entry
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R41Invalid Transaction Code
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R42Routing Number/Check Digit Error
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R43Invalid DFI Account Number
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R44Invalid Individual ID Number or Identification Number
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R45Invalid Individual Name/Company Name
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R46Invalid Representative Payee Indicator
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R47Duplicate Enrollment
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R50State Law Affecting RCK Acceptance
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R51Item Related to RCK Entry Is Ineligible or RCK Entry Is Improper
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R52Stop Payment on Item Related to RCK Entry
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R53Item and RCK Entry Presented for Payment
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R61Misrouted Return
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R62Return of Erroneous or Reversing Debit
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R67Duplicate Return
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R68Untimely Return
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R69Field Error
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R70Permissible Return Not Accepted / Not Requested by ODFI
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R71Misrouted Dishonored Return
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R72Untimely Dishonored Return
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R73Timely Original Return
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R74Corrected Return
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R75Original Return Not a Duplicate
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R76No Errors Found
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R77Non-Acceptance of R62
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R80IAT Coding Error
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R81Non-Participant in IAT Program
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R82Invalid Foreign Receiving DFI Identification
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R83Foreign Receiving DFI Unable to Settle
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R84Not Processed by Gateway
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R85Incorrectly Coded Outbound International Payment
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