USPS Starts Online Payment for Business Customers

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The U.S. Postal Service now offers USPS Online Payment Services Business Edition, an online bill paying service that it said lets business customers simplify their fiscal transactions.


Business Edition, launched this month, lets usps.com business users make bill payments electronically to those they would ordinarily send checks. It is the business version of USPS' eBillpay service, the agency's electronic bill payment service begun in April 2000.


Subscribers to the service, offered in partnership with CheckFree Corp., can enter invoice information, including adjustments and credits, to be sent along with their bill payments. They also can set access privileges for multiple employees, letting staff contribute to the various stages of bill paying while assigning final approval of outbound payments to management.


Other features include the ability to schedule recurring payments for fixed amounts and to receive electronic bills from credit card, insurance and utility companies. Customers also can export payment history into popular financial software packages such as QuickBooks, Quicken or Microsoft Money.


Customers wishing to subscribe to the USPS Online Payment Services Business Edition for the monthly fee of $9.95 can do so at www.usps.com/paybills. New subscribers get one month of service free.


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