Compliance News
Federal Regulators Back Small FI Accommodations In FASB Rule | Tuesday, 04 June 2013
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), which is comprised of federal bank regulators plus the National Credit Union Administration, sent a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board that supported proposed credit impairment recognition changes but encouraged modifications to the proposal for "small and less complex entities."

The joint agency letter was issued the same day as the separate Friday letter from the NCUA that urged FASB to strongly consider how proposed credit impairment recognition changes could impact small- and medium-sized credit unions, and their ability to serve members of modest means. The letter said the compliance costs that the proposal could create are a particular concern for the agency and that the NCUA also has safety and soundness concerns regarding the proposal.  Read More
IRS Reminds CUs Of May 15 Form 990 Deadline | Monday, 13 May 2013

State-chartered credit unions and other tax-exempt organizations must file their 990 forms by May 15 or risk losing their tax-exempt status, the Internal Revenue Service reminded on Friday.

State-chartered credit unions are required to file Form 990 with the IRS annually, although a few states still permit group 990 filings. Federal credit unions are not required to file, since they are not subject to unrelated business income taxes.  Read More

CFPB Proposes CUNA-sought Credit Rule Delay | Wednesday, 08 May 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has favorably responded to the Credit Union National Association's recent request that the agency delay a June 1 effective date relating to the prohibition on financing certain credit insurance charges. The provision is contained within the bureau's mortgage loan originator compensation rule.
 
The CFPB told CUNA it will seek comment for 15 days on a proposed delay.
 
CUNA had expressed concern that certain language within the new rule needed clarification, and that a June 1 effective date of this prohibition could upend practices at some credit unions. However, CUNA does not support the financing of actual single premium insurance charges.  Read More

CFPB Proposes CUNA-sought Credit Rule Delay | Wednesday, 08 May 2013

he Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has favorably responded to the Credit Union National Association's recent request that the agency delay a June 1 effective date relating to the prohibition on financing certain credit insurance charges. The provision is contained within the bureau's mortgage loan originator compensation rule.
 
The CFPB told CUNA it will seek comment for 15 days on a proposed delay.
 
CUNA had expressed concern that certain language within the new rule needed clarification, and that a June 1 effective date of this prohibition could upend practices at some credit unions. However, CUNA does not support the financing of actual single premium insurance charges.  Read More

CFPB Sets Oct. 28 Remittance Compliance Date | Thursday, 02 May 2013

As expected, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau didn’t implement any changes credit unions were seeking to its final remittance rule, but the regulator did give remittance providers six months to comply, announcing an Oct. 28, 2013 effective date.

In the final rule issued Tuesday, remittance transfer providers will be required to disclose certain fees and taxes, as well as the exchange rate that will apply to the transfer.

The rule also provides consumers with error resolution and cancellation rights.  Read More

CFPB Offers Escrow Rule Help, More Mortgage Clarifications | Monday, 22 April 2013
An escrow rule summary, and tips to help small issuers and their business partners implement that rule, were released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau late last week. The CFPB also released a proposal to address questions regarding qualified mortgages and servicing.

The escrow rule guide provides a plain language overview of the rule, and a list of frequently asked questions. These documents will make the content of the rule "more accessible and consumable for a broad array of industry constituents, especially smaller businesses with limited legal and compliance staff," the CFPB said in a release.  Read More
NCUA Letters Address LICU, Corporate Credit Risk Issues | Monday, 22 April 2013
The National Credit Union Administration on Friday sent out two letters: One on low income credit union (LICU) changes and a second letter that addresses creditworthiness and credit risk guidance for corporate credit unions.

The LICU letter was sent to federally insured state-chartered credit unions. The letter highlights recent NCUA procedural changes that streamline the process for state-chartered credit unions to determine if they are eligible for a LICU designation.  Read More
CFPB Reg Z Changes Unlikely To Impact Many CUs | Tuesday, 02 April 2013
In a new Final Rule Analysis, the Credit Union National Association notes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent amendments to Regulation Z will likely benefit some credit card issuers, but should not have a major impact on credit union issuers directly, because credit union fees on members' credit card accounts are typically well below the limit.

Regulation Z generally limits the total amount of fees that an issuer may charge on a consumer's credit card account to 25% of the credit limit in effect when the account is opened.  Read More
NCUA Seeks Comment On Fixed-Asset Rule Clarifications | Thursday, 14 March 2013
At what was a very brief meeting this morning, the National Credit Union Administration has just voted to seek comments on a proposal that clarifies and reorganizes portions of its rule addressing federal credit union ownership of fixed assets.  Comments will be due 60 days after the plan is published in the Federal Register.  Read More
House Approves Privacy Notice Bill | Wednesday, 13 March 2013
The U.S. House has approved by voice vote the Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (H.R. 749), and the bill will now move on for Senate consideration.

Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney said the bill "will make privacy notifications more meaningful by removing a costly and duplicative paperwork requirement that has been no real help to consumers.   Read More
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