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11/20/2020

BSA due diligence for charities and non-profits clarified

The Federal Banking Agencies and FinCEN have issued a joint fact sheet to provide clarity to banks and credit unions on how to apply a risk-based approach to charities and other non-profit organizations. The fact sheet highlights the importance of ensuring that legitimate charities have access to financial services and can transmit funds through legitimate and transparent channels, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It also reminds banks to apply a risk-based approach to customer due diligence requirements when developing the risk profiles of charities and other non-profit customers, and reaffirms that the application of a risk-based approach is consistent with existing customer due diligence and other Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering compliance requirements.

11/20/2020

FDIC updates RMS Manual

The FDIC has issued a November 2020 update to its Risk Management Manual of Examination Policies (RMS Manual). The November updates were made to section 3.2 (Loans) of the Manual, and include revised instructions for assessing environmental risk programs; updated residential appraisal thresholds; including effective dates for lease accounting; instructions on assessing bank-to-bank credit; assessing payday lending programs; Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) updates; and other minor technical edits.

With the issuance of the November updates, the FDIC has moved to inactive status FIL-14-2005 (Payday Lending Programs Revised Examination Guidance), and FIL-52-2015 (FDIC Clarifying its Approach to Banks Offering Products and Services, such as Deposit Accounts and Extensions of Credit, to Non-Bank Payday Lenders). Also, the Guidelines for an Environmental Risk Program are being removed from the FDIC Statements of Policy section of the FDIC Law, Regulations, and Related Acts webpage. The two FILs and the Guidelines document are addressed in the RMS Manual.

The RMS Manual can be downloaded as ZIP files.

11/19/2020

Final Capital Rule for Fannie and Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced it has approved a final rule that establishes a new regulatory capital framework for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises).

The final rule fulfills Congress's Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 mandate that FHFA establish risk-based capital requirements for the Enterprises. The rule is intended to ensure the safety and soundness of the Enterprises by increasing the quantity and quality of the Enterprises' regulatory capital and reducing the pro-cyclicality of the aggregate capital requirements. A Fact Sheet on the rule was also released.

The rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

11/19/2020

No change for small loan HPML appraisal exemption

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Reserve Board, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today announced that the threshold for exempting loans from special appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans in section 34.203(b)(2) (OCC), section 226.43(b)(2) (Board) and section 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) (Bureau) during 2021 will remain unchanged at $27,200.

The BankersOnline page for Bureau Regulation Z section 1026.35 has been updated.

11/19/2020

Unchanged thresholds for Regs M and Z

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System have announced that the dollar thresholds for exemptions from coverage in section 1013.2(e) of Regulation M (Consumer Leasing), section 226.3(b) of the Board's Regulation Z (Truth in Lending), and section 1026.3(b) of the Bureau's Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) will remain unchanged at $58,300 for calendar year 2021.

The BankersOnline pages for sections 1013.2 and 1026.3 of Bureau regulations M and Z have been updated.

11/18/2020

2021 multifamily loan caps for Fannie and Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that the 2021 multifamily loan purchase caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will be $70 billion for each Enterprise. At least 50 percent of the Enterprises multifamily loans are required to be used for affordable housing. Additionally, for the first time, affordable housing manufactured housing communities (MHC) must either be resident/government/nonprofit-owned or must have tenant pad lease protections to be counted as mission-driven, affordable housing.

FHFA also requires at least 20 percent of the Enterprises’ multifamily business be affordable to residents at 60 percent of areas median income (AMI) or below. to ensure that the Enterprises' multifamily businesses have a strong and growing commitment to affordable housing finance, particularly for residents and communities that are most difficult to serve.

11/17/2020

FHFA Performance and Accountability Report

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has released its annual Performance and Accountability Report, which details FHFA's activities as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during fiscal year 2020.

For the twelfth consecutive year, FHFA received an unmodified audit opinion on its FY 2020 financial statements from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Included in the unmodified opinion, GAO noted no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in FHFA's internal controls. GAO also found no instances of reportable noncompliance with the applicable laws and regulations it tested.

The Report also identified key management challenges and priorities the FHFA it must address going forward. It listed—

  • Finalizing FHFA's Capital Rule and issuing a proposed rule on Capital Planning
  • Transitioning away from LIBOR
  • Responsibly ending the conservatorships of the Enterprises
  • Developing resolution-related rulemaking to be prepared if one of its regulated entities should fail
  • Finalizing and publishing the Enterprise Liquidity Rule

11/16/2020

CFPB and Colorado AG to hold joint virtual office hours

The CFPB has announced it will hold joint, virtual office hours on December 2, 2020, as part of the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN). Joint office hours provide innovators with the opportunity to discuss issues such as financial technology, innovative products or services, and other matters related to financial innovation with officials from the CFPB and state partners. CFPB Director Kathleen L. Kraninger and Colorado Attorney General Philip Weiser will participate in this event.

Innovators interested in participating in a meeting during the joint, virtual office hours should request the meeting and describe the topic(s) they would like to discuss during their session. Requests must be received by November 23, 2020. A confirmation for the specific meeting time will then be provided to the requester.

11/16/2020

FDIC guidance to facilitate recovery on Puerto Rico

The FDIC has issued FIL-105-2020, offering guidance to FDIC-supervised financial institutions on steps intended to provide regulatory relief and to facilitate recovery in areas of Puerto Rico affected by severe storms and flooding.

11/16/2020

Business info to be masked in IRS tax transcripts

The IRS has announced that starting December 13 it will begin masking sensitive data on business tax transcripts to protect business taxpayers from identity theft. The following information will be visible on the new tax transcript:

  • Last four digits of any Employer Identification Number listed on the transcript: XX-XXX1234
  • Last four digits of any Social Security number or Individual Tax Identification Number listed on the transcript: XXX-XX-1234
  • Last four digits of any account or telephone number
  • First four characters of the first, and last name for any individual (first three characters if the name has only four letters)
  • First four characters of any name on the business name line
  • First six characters of the street address, including spaces
  • All money amounts, including wage and income, balance due, interest and penalties

For both the individual and business tax transcript, there is space for a Customer File Number. The Customer File Number is an optional 10-digit number (any number other than the taxpayer's SSN or EIN) that can be created, usually by third parties, that allow them to match a transcript to a taxpayer. The Customer File Number field will appear on the transcript when that number is entered on Line 5 of Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, and Form 4506T-EZ.

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