Washington, D.C. (Oct. 1, 2021) — The Independent Community Bankers of America’s (ICBA) Minority Bank Advisory Council today expressed strong opposition to the Biden administration’s proposal that would require banks to report customer account information to the IRS.
In a letter to the congressional Black, Asian Pacific American, and Hispanic caucuses, the coalition of minority depository institutions warned that the proposal would harm efforts to bank the unbanked while diverting resources from minority communities.
“This proposal should not be included in the Build Back Better Act or any other legislation,” the council wrote. “Our primary concern is that it would undermine the critical relationship of trust we foster within the communities we serve—communities prone to distrust of institutions and government agencies. We fear that the proposed invasive and indiscriminate account reporting to the IRS would undermine the goal of bringing more people into the banking system and may drive many of those in the system to leave.”
In the letter, the group said:
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