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RULE §91.710Overdraft Protection

(a) Written Policy. A credit union may advance money to a member to cover an account deficit without having a credit application from the borrower on file if the credit union has written policies and procedures adequate to address the credit, operational, and other risks associated with this type of program. The policy must:

  (1) Set a cap on the total dollar amount of all overdrafts the credit union will honor consistent with the credit union's ability to absorb losses;

  (2) Establish a time limit no later than 60 calendar days from the date first overdrawn to charge off the overdraft balance if the member does not repay the overdraft balance, or does not obtain an approved loan from the credit union;

  (3) Limit the dollar amount of overdrafts the credit union will honor per account;

  (4) Institute prudent practices related to suspension of overdraft protection services; and

  (5) Establish the fee, if any, the credit union will charge members for honoring overdrafts.

(b) Safety and Soundness Requirements. A credit union must manage the risks associated with an overdraft protection program in accordance with safe and sound credit union principles. Accordingly, a credit union must establish and maintain effective risk management and control processes over its program. Such processes include appropriate recognition, treatment, and financial reporting, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, of income, expenses, assets, liabilities, and all expected and unexpected losses associated with the program. A credit union also shall assess the adequacy of its internal control and risk mitigation activities in view of the nature and scope of its overdraft protection program.

(c) Communications with Member. A credit union shall carefully review its overdraft protection program to ensure that marketing and other communications concerning the program do not mislead members to believe that the program is a traditional line of credit or that payment of overdrafts is guaranteed. In addition, a credit union shall take reasonable precautions to make sure members are not misled about the correct amount of their account balance, or the costs or scope of the overdraft protection offered, and that it does not encourage irresponsible member financial behavior that potentially may increase risk to the credit union.

(d) Other Requirements. A credit union shall also comply with the overdraft service requirements contained within Part 205 of the Federal Reserve System Rules and Regulations (Regulation E).

Source Note: The provisions of this §91.710 adopted to be effective August 9, 1999, 24 TexReg 6023; amended to be effective August 10, 2003, 28 TexReg 6267; amended to be effective November 9, 2006, 31 TexReg 9019; amended to be effective November 7, 2010, 35 TexReg 9720

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