Friday, July 12, 2013
Don't Tax My Credit Union
It is also interesting to note that 1/3 of all banks within the state of Alabama are organized as Subchapter S Corporations that do not pay corporate income taxes. The Subchapter S Bank Association, Inc. reports that roughly 1/3 of all financial institutions in the entire country are now organized as Subchapter S Corporations. These banks are not paying corporate income taxes and offer none of the true credit union benefits of higher savings rates on deposits, lower rates on loans, and reduced or no fees on services.
Credit unions in the marketplace keep the banking community honest on rates and fees. Recently, North Alabama Educators Credit Union helped a member to refinance her vehicle loan that had been financed through a bank at a dealership. This member, with a good credit score above 700, was charged a high rate of 13.00% APR with a bank. The credit union was able to refinance that loan at a much lower rate of 3.10% APR and provide a much lower monthly payment!! Credit unions make a difference in people's lives and this was an excellent example.We have also seen examples where a bank will lower their rate to match our rate at a dealership to finance the purchase. The credit union was the only reason why the lower rate was offered in these cases. Again, another example of credit unions helping consumers.
We are asking our members to visit http://www.donttaxmycreditunion.org/ and review the issue at hand regarding the tax exemption status of credit unions. There is an excellent short video on the web site explaining the issues. Members are encouraged to send along their comments to Congress via a contact link on the linked page. Members own North Alabama Educators Credit Union. A corporate tax on North Alabama Educators Credit Union would be a tax on each of our members.
Posted by Greg Olmsted at 7/12/2013 10:50:00 AM