The Independent Community Bankers of America and the nation's community banks are calling on policymakers and the public to “Wake Up” to the risky practices, costly tax subsidies, and irresponsibly lax oversight of the nation’s credit unions.
It is long past time for policymakers to wake up to the new realities of the credit union industry for the sake of our nation’s consumers and economic well-being. This is not the time to press snooze.
Credit unions do not pay federal income tax, do not pay rent on military bases, have little to no oversight and abuse industries and customers alike.
This letter asks your members of Congress to WAKE UP and address the ridiculous lack of oversight and substantial and unfair competitive advantage taxpayer-subsidized credit unions enjoy.
Because of their tax advantage and relaxed field of membership regulations, credit unions have begun to acquire community banks in order to fuel their growth. This trend should concern taxpayers.
See how credit unions have abandoned their original mandate and how in doing so they've failed the communities they're supposed to serve.
The Congressional Budget Office, Treasury Department and Joint Committee on Taxation all state that credit unions escape paying nearly $2B in taxes every year. As good and responsible stewards of their communities, community banks contributed nearly $15B in tax revenue in 2018.
The National Credit Union Administration is proposing to create a new rule that would prescribe the procedures for federally-insured credit union (“FICU”) acquisitions of banks and would create new, explicit requirements on all assets acquired from a bank. NCUA is accepting comments until March 30, 2020. To comment, visit www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for submission.
The deadline is approaching for community bankers to submit comments on a National Credit Union Administration proposal on credit union acquisitions of community banks. ICBA is urging community bankers to tell the NCUA to increase transparency of these transactions ahead of Monday's comment deadline.
Community bankers can also continue using ICBA's Be Heard grassroots action center to:
In a recent Medium op-ed, ICBA Vice Chairman Brad Bolton wrote that small credit unions themselves should urge Congress to hold hearings on NCUA efforts to benefit the largest and riskiest credit unions.