Gusto savings goals are interest-bearing bank accounts designed to help employees connect payday and savings, making it easier to save for the unexpected and achieve greater financial security.1
With Gusto savings goals, employees can create up to five different, customized accounts to help them reach their financial targets. Each savings goal has a unique bank account number, making it easy for transfers to external accounts or direct bill pay.
Upon opening a savings goal, employees can choose the amount they’d like to save from each paycheck. On payday, the selected amount is automatically deposited to the applicable savings goal. If an employee has multiple savings goals, they can choose how much they’d like to save to each goal from every paycheck.
Savings goal accounts are similar to standard savings accounts, but better. Since these accounts are demand deposit accounts, employees don’t face the same withdrawal and transfer limits of a typical savings account. With savings goals, employees can make unlimited monthly withdrawals and deposits in and out of their savings goals, for no fee or penalty. Additionally, with an APY of 1.00%, they earn interest on the money kept in their account(s).2
Follow these steps to set up savings goals only, without also setting up a spending account and ordering a debit card.
You can manage your savings goal from the Wallet section of your Gusto account or in the Gusto Wallet mobile app.
Gusto savings goals do not have account or minimum balance fees. For standard ACH transfers, there are no transfer fees or restrictions on how often funds can be withdrawn or deposited to an account.3 Eligible employees may instantly transfer funds from their savings goal(s) to another debit card, with a small fee and a transfer limit.
The schedule below lists the fees and limits associated with Gusto savings goals:
Minimum balance fee
Monthly account service fee
ACH bank transfer fee
ACH withdrawal limit
ACH deposit limit
Instant Transfers transfer fee
1.75% fee (min $0.30, max $35.00) deducted from transfer amount
Fee not applicable for transfers to savings goals.
Instant Transfers withdrawal limit
Gusto savings goals earn interest at a rate of 1.00% APY.2 Earnings are added to the account balance at the end of each calendar month.
Monthly account statements are available to review and download from the Wallet tab of the Gusto employee dashboard or the Gusto Wallet mobile app. Monthly statements are available within 5 business days after the end of each month.
If an employee earns $10 or more of interest in a given tax year, Gusto Wallet will generate a 1099 statement to reflect the amount of interest earned. You can download it from your Wallet app.
Gusto is committed to maximizing the APY offered on Gusto savings goals, but please note that the APY can fluctuate as the economy changes.
Gusto's savings goals support inbound and outbound electronic fund transfers and ACH deposits, such as direct deposit payments and income tax refunds. Gusto savings accounts do not support wire transfers.
Here are the daily transfer limits for the Gusto savings goal:
When you request a transfer, here’s when you can expect the money to be available.
If eligible, you can instantly transfer funds from your Gusto savings goal to your personal debit card. You can link up to 2 debit cards at a time. Prepaid debit cards are not supported.
Eligible employees can follow these steps to link a debit card to a Gusto savings goal for Instant Transfers:
Add a linked debit card
Remove a linked debit card
Transferring funds between a Gusto savings goal and an external bank account can take 3-5 business days for the funds to become available. Exact timing of availability depends on the receiving bank.
Employees can link an external bank account to their Gusto savings goal to transfer funds between accounts. For security reasons, you can link one external bank account at a time and use up to two external bank accounts every 90 days. We recommend you link your external bank account in Gusto Wallet as soon as possible to avoid transfer delays.
Follow these steps to link an external bank account to your Gusto savings goal:
Follow these steps to move funds from a spending account to a savings goal account:
Cancel a standard ACH transfer
You can void an ACH transfer before the daily cut-off time of 1pm PT. Ex: If you initiate a transfer at 4pm PT on a Wednesday, you have until 1pm PT on Thursday to void it.
Here’s how to void an ACH transfer:
Cancel an Instant Transfer
At this time, Instant Transfers cannot be canceled once they’re initiated.
Employees can find the routing and account numbers for each of their Gusto savings goals in the Gusto Wallet app under "Account details" for the applicable savings goal.
Gusto savings goals support inbound and outbound electronic fund transfers and ACH deposits, such as direct deposit payments and income tax refunds. Gusto savings goals do not support wire transfers.
If you are eligible to receive a 1099-INT form, your form will be available to download and print from your Gusto account by January 31st of the following year.
You’ll be issued a 1099-INT form based on the interest you earned from your Gusto Spending account and/or Savings goals1 or any other account you may have with nbkc bank throughout the tax year. If you earned $10 or more in interest from these accounts throughout the tax year, you will be issued a 1099-INT form.
When 1099-INT forms are ready, you will receive an email from Gusto to notify you. Once generated, here’s where to find the form:
If you have any questions or need help accessing your form, please reach out to us at [email protected].
Employees who have opened Gusto savings goal account(s) can maintain access to the account(s) even if they’re no longer paid through Gusto.4 As long as the accounts are not closed and remain in good standing, the employee can continue to access the account(s) through the Gusto Wallet mobile app or their Gusto profile.
Gusto savings goals can be managed on-the-go from the Gusto Wallet mobile app, available in the App Store® and Google Play® store.5 Employees can review payday insights, check their account balances, review transactions, initiate a transfer, request a Cashout, route funds using the paycheck splitter, and more.
Contact us from the Help or Priority support section of your Gusto account to close your savings goal.
1. The Gusto Cash Account, savings goals, spending account, and debit card are issued by nbkc bank, Member FDIC.
2. Cash Account Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as of 1/26/2023 is 1.00%. APY is variable and subject to change at our discretion, without prior notice. No minimum balance required. Based on the FDIC savings rate as of 1/17/2023 available at fdic.gov/regulations/resources/rates/.
3. Some fees, such as out-of-network ATM fees, may apply. Please review the terms and conditions carefully.
4. Gusto is a payroll services company, not a bank. Banking services provided by nbkc bank, Member FDIC.
5. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google Play is a trademark of Google LLC.