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Reg DD Bonus Requirements

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I have been trying to find what the requirements are for giving bonuses to open a new account. There are advertisements everywhere of cash offerings, freebies, or giveaways. We’re still stuck on the value of offer cannot exceed $10, however we see TV ads offering $300 to open an account. What compliance issues do we need to address if our offerings go beyond $10? As an example, April is Teach your Children to save month. Marketing has come up with a campaign that if you come by and get a piggy bank and bring it back full of coin with your child and use it to open an account, the bank will also deposit $10 into that new account, or it could be an existing account.

With the repeal of Reg Q in 2011, the prohibition on premiums in excess of $10 for non-interest bearing accounts also went away. Any cash or gift given in connection with opening, maintaining, adding to or renewing an account in excess of $10 is considered interest and must be reported on a 1099-INT, (If the customer gets to keep the piggy bank, it's retail value plus any shipping fees the bank pays must be included in the IRS reporting.)

See 1030.4(b)(7) The truth in savings disclosures must state:

The bonus being provided.
When the bonus will be provided.
The minimum balance to obtain the bonus.
The length of time funds must remain on deposit to obtain the bonus.

This information must also be included on any advertising that describes the bonus.

First published on 05/12/2019

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