February 1, 1993
Larry M. May
First Federal Credit Union
1232 East Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ 85283
Re: Business Share Draft Accounts (Your November 12, 1992, Letter to the Regional Office)
Dear Mr. May:
The above-noted letter has been forwarded to this office for a response. In the letter, you asked whether a federal credit union (FCU) may assess a business share draft account separate and larger fees unrelated to the fees charged to a consumer share draft account. You have also asked whether an FCU may pay the two accounts different dividend rates.
There is nothing in the FCU Act or National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Rules and Regulations prohibiting an FCU from establishing separate consumer and business share draft accounts. In our view, however, there must be a rational basis for establishing different fees and dividend rates for the two accounts. If, for example, business accounts generally require more FCU staff time, it might be appropriate to charge them higher fees. You may wish to contact the Regional Office to determine whether your basis for establishing different pricing guidelines is rational. You may also wish to have the FCU's attorney review any proposed program to determine that no other federal or state laws are violated.
Hattie M. Ulan
Associate General Counsel
cc: John Ruffin, Region V Director