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TIPs Bulletins
The Technical Information Procedure (TIPs) bulletins are great tools to help credit union staff understand recent changes in laws and regulations and how they may affect the credit union. TIPs bulletins address current mandatory compliance issues and changes to federal and state regulations. Continue for complete list of current TIPs Bulletins
January 16, 2015
TIPs Bulletin #15-02 2015 Information Returns and Disclosures
   
January 15, 2015
TIPs Bulletin #15-01 Important Reminder: Limitation on Credit Card / Unsecured Open-end Credit Late Fees (CA Financial Code 4001)
   
December 31, 2014
TIPs Bulletin #14-35 Truth in Lending (Regulation Z) Adjustment to Asset-Size Exemption Threshold for Escrow Accounts for Higher-priced Mortgages
TIPs Bulletin #14-34 Home Mortgage Disclosure (Regularion C) Adjustment to Asset-Size Exemption Threshold
   
 
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From the Editors of CU Weekly

TIPs, FinCEN PUB, HANDBOOK UPDATE
updated 07/21/14 12:44 PM
The Latest in Compliance
A new TIPs Bulletins (Technical Information and Procedures) has been posted by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues on Canada’s anti-SPAM legislation, which went into effect July 1 and is similar to the U.S. government’s CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

The CAN-SPAM Act places restrictions on companies sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs) to people living in Canada.

Although the new anti-spam requirements will apply to U.S. credit unions that send marketing messages to members who reside in Canada, there is a grandfather clause for existing credit union members—and a safe harbor for emails that comply with the CAN-SPAM Act—that should help limit compliance burdens on U.S. credit unions.

For TIPs Bulletin 14-14, click here.

SAR Stats Report
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has released the very first issue of SAR Stats (Suspicious Activity Reporting), the successor publication to By The Numbers.

FinCEN anticipates issuing more periodic updates to SAR data beginning this fall.

Update to Unclaimed Property Holder Handbook
The California State Controller’s Office has made updates to its Unclaimed Property Holder Handbook.

The following sections were updated: aggregate reporting; holder due diligence; and owner detail sheet (UDS-1) instructions.

For questions, contact the Holder Outreach and Compliance Unit at 916-464-6088 or UPDHolderOutreach@sco.ca.gov.

 
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TILA-RESPA RULE CHANGES FINALIZED
updated 01/26/15 04:27 PM
Plus, FinCEN Issues New SAR Stats
Proposed amendments by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule were finalized in late January. These changes are effective Aug. 1, 2015.

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ELECTRONIC DBO FILING
updated 01/16/15 04:35 PM
TIPs Bulletins; Cuban Asset Reg.
The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has standardized electronic forms for weekly and quarterly reporting of local agency deposits and securities, allowing financial institutions to submit their weekly reports to the DBO electronically rather than through the U.S. mail. This change was made possible by Assembly Bill 2298, which took effect Jan. 1.

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