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04/09/2021

Missouri bank assessed $11,000 flood penalty

The Federal Reserve Board has announced its assessment of an $11,000 civil money penalty on a Missouri bank for violations of the National Flood Insurance Act.

04/09/2021

Fed proposes to automate routine Fed stock adjustments

The Federal Reserve Board has announced it is requesting public comment on a proposal to automate non-merger-related adjustments to member banks' subscriptions to Federal Reserve Bank capital stock. The automated process would eliminate the need for member banks to file applications to adjust their stock subscriptions—except in the context of mergers—and would significantly reduce the annual reporting burden.

Regulation I, which governs the issuance and cancellation of capital stock by the Reserve Banks, currently requires that a member bank apply to adjust its stock subscription at least annually and sometimes quarterly. A member bank determines its required stock subscription based on its capital and surplus (or total deposit liabilities for a mutual savings bank) as reported in the member bank's most recent Call Report. The Reserve Banks are developing software that will automatically pull the information needed to calculate member banks' required stock subscriptions from Call Reports and thereby automate the stock adjustment process. Further, the Board proposes that a Reserve Bank would adjust a member bank's stock subscription each time the member bank files a Call Report.

The proposal would also make certain other technical changes to the regulation. Comments will be accepted for 60 days following publication of the proposal.

04/09/2021

Burmese gems enterprise sanctioned

Yesterday, OFAC designated Myanma Gems Enterprise, a Burmese state-owned entity that is responsible for all gemstone activities in Burma. Gemstones are a key economic resource for the Burmese military regime that is violently repressing pro-democracy protests in the country and that is responsible for the ongoing lethal attacks against the people of Burma, including the killing of children. These sanctions are not directed at the people of Burma.

Myanma Gems Enterprise was designated under Executive Order 14014, “Blocking Property with Respect to the Situation in Burma,” for being a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the Government of Burma.

Further identification information on Myanma Gems Enterprise can be found in BankersOnline's OFAC Update.

04/08/2021

OFAC sanctions human smuggling organization

Yesterday, OFAC designated Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan and the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organization in accordance with Executive Order 13581, “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations.”

The Abid Ali Khan TCO is a human smuggling organization based in Nowshera, Pakistan, that has facilitated the unlawful smuggling of foreign nationals, including foreign nationals who may pose a national security risk to the United States or its interests, into the United States using various travel routes through Latin America since at least 2015.

OFAC also designated three other individuals and one entity associated with the Abid Ali Khan TCO.

For identification information on the designated individuals and entities, see BankersOnline's OFAC Update.

04/07/2021

OFAC sanctions violent cartel members and facilitator

On Tuesday, OFAC designated Carlos Andres Rivera Varela and Francisco Javier Gudino Haro, who are violent members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG). These two individuals have allegedly helped orchestrate assassinations using high-powered weaponry on behalf of CJNG, a Mexico-based organization that is responsible for trafficking a significant proportion of the fentanyl and other deadly drugs that enter the United States.

Also today, OFAC designated travel agent Alejandro Chacon Miranda, who facilitates travel that is often related to illicit activities for senior CJNG members and their allies. Additionally, OFAC designated two businesses located in Mexico.

For identification information on the three designated individuals and the two businesses, see BankersOnline's OFAC Update.

04/06/2021

Proposed mortgage servicing changes to mitigate foreclosure surge

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday announced it has proposed a set of rule changes intended to help prevent avoidable foreclosures as COVID-19 emergency federal foreclosure protections expire. The CFPB’s proposal, if finalized, would:

  • Give borrowers time: To make sure borrowers aren’t rushed into foreclosure when a potentially unprecedented number of borrowers exit forbearance at around the same time this fall, the proposed rule would provide a special pre-foreclosure review period that would generally prohibit servicers from starting foreclosure until after December 31, 2021. The CFPB is seeking public input on that date, as well as whether there are more limited ways to achieve the same purpose. For example, the CFPB is considering whether to permit earlier foreclosures if the servicer has taken certain steps to evaluate the borrower for loss mitigation or made efforts to contact an unresponsive borrower. This provision, like the rest of the proposal, would only apply to loans secured by a borrower’s principal residence.
  • Give servicers options: The proposed rule would permit servicers to offer certain streamlined loan modification options to borrowers with COVID-19-related hardships based on the evaluation of an incomplete application. Normally, with certain exceptions, Regulation X requires servicers to review a borrower for all available options at once, which can mean borrowers have to submit more documents before a servicer can make a decision. Allowing this flexibility could allow servicers to get borrowers into an affordable mortgage payment faster, with less paperwork for both the servicer and the borrower. This provision would only be available for modifications that do not increase a borrower’s monthly payment and that extend the loan’s term by no more than 40 years from the modification’s effective date.
  • Keep borrowers informed of their options: The CFPB also proposes temporary changes to certain required servicer communications to make sure that, during this crisis, borrowers receive key information about their options at the appropriate time.

The proposed rule would only apply to a mortgage loan that is secured by a property that is a borrower's principal residence. It would not apply to small servicers as defined in section 1026.41(e)(4) of Regulation Z. If finalized as proposed, the rule would be effective on August 31, 2021. Comments will be accepted through May 10, 2021.

04/05/2021

FDIC releases CRA evaluation ratings

The FDIC has issued its list of 51 state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in January 2021. Forty-eight evaluations were rated Satisfactory. The evaluations of these three banks were rated Outstanding:

04/05/2021

Blanco leaving FinCEN Friday

FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco announced on Friday that he will depart FinCEN on April 9, after serving as the organization’s director since December 2017. Michael Mosier, former FinCEN Deputy Director and current Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, will return to FinCEN as Acting Director beginning April 11. AnnaLou Tirol, former Associate Director of FinCEN’s Strategic Operations Division, is serving as FinCEN Deputy Director.

Also on Friday, Bloomberg reported that Citigroup Inc., hired Blanco as chief compliance officer of its newly created financial crimes unit. Citigroup announced last year it would create the financial crimes unit, integrating its anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-bribery teams.

04/02/2021

FinCEN works toward new beneficial ownership rule

FinCEN has announced an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public comment on a wide range of questions related to the implementation of the beneficial ownership information reporting provisions of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA).

This ANPRM is the first in a series of regulatory actions that FinCEN says it will undertake to implement the CTA, which is included within the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AML Act). The AML Act is part of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which became law on January 1, 2021.

The CTA amended the Bank Secrecy Act to require corporations, limited liability companies, and similar entities to report certain information about their beneficial owners (the individual natural persons who ultimately own or control the companies). FinCEN says the new reporting requirement will enhance the national security of the United States by making it more difficult for malign actors to exploit opaque legal structures to launder money, finance terrorism, proliferate weapons of mass destruction, traffic humans and drugs, and commit serious tax fraud and other crimes that harm the American people.

The CTA requires FinCEN to maintain the reported beneficial ownership information in a confidential, secure, and non-public database. Furthermore, the CTA authorizes FinCEN to disclose beneficial ownership information subject to appropriate protocols and for specific purposes to several categories of recipients, such as federal law enforcement. Finally, the CTA requires FinCEN to revise existing financial institution customer due diligence regulations concerning beneficial ownership to take into account the new direct reporting of beneficial ownership information.

The ANPRM is scheduled for Federal Register publication on April 5, 2021. Comments on the ANPRM should be submitted by May 5, 2021.

04/01/2021

IRS to recalculate taxes on unemployment benefits

To help taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will take steps to automatically refund money this spring and summer to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent changes made by the American Rescue Plan The legislation, signed on March 11, allows taxpayers who earned less than $150,000 in modified adjusted gross income to exclude unemployment compensation up to $20,400 if married filing jointly and $10,200 for all other eligible taxpayers. The legislation excludes only 2020 unemployment benefits from taxes. Because the change occurred after some people filed their taxes, the IRS will take steps in the spring and summer to make the appropriate change to their return, which may result in a refund. The first refunds are expected to be made in May and will continue into the summer.

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