I'm in the process of completing an audit of the Fair Housing Act for a national bank. The OCC requires that "each bank shall attempt to obtain all of the information below." It then goes on to require a considerable amount of information in excess of the traditional government monitoring information (race, ethnicity, sex, marital status, and age). Is all of this information required to be on the application? Will the information (such as amount requested, interest rate requested, # of months to maturity, and proposed monthly payment) being in the loan file on some other document suffice? Also, does the fact that the application is partially completed suffice for compliance with the regulation for "attempting to obtain" the information?
Does a Tax Service fee have to be included on the TIL disclosure? In a highly reputable banking compliance publication that shall remain unnamed, I recently read an article entitled "Grossing Up Public Assistance Income". In this article it stated "Under ECOA, while making loan approval decisions, banks must not discriminate against applicants who receive public assistance income. Generally this income is exempt from federal income taxation. If the income is exempt from taxation, then before making a loan approval decision, this exempt income needs to be grossedup to a pretax, taxable incomeequivalent amount." The article goes on to say that a "client bank" was written up for not doing this and the examiners also said that this also needed to be spelled out in the bank's loan policies and procedures manual. I've read every word in my Federal Reserve Manual under Regulation B, to include the commentary, and can find no reference to this. In the past, we have always considered this to be a "gross" income since it was not t axed. I have a HMDA related loan that has an sole income source of Social Security Benefits and need to know what my "gross" income figure is. I would appreciate any assistance that you could give me in light of this new information. Thank you in advance for your help.