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What is Overdraft Privilege?

  • A financial resource that can protect you from inadvertent mistakes caused by insufficient or overdraft checks
  • Union State Bank’s convenient response to your unexpected banking needs
  • A valuable enhancement to your banking relationship
  • Not a promise . . .but a privilege. . .to you, our customer

If you write a check, initiate an electronic funds transfer, authorize an ACH debit to your account or authorize any other debit transaction to your account, excluding ATM and one time debit card purchases, we will either (a) pay the overdraft or (b) return the item(s) unpaid for non-sufficient funds (NSF).  If we pay the overdraft, this service is called Overdraft Privilege.  (Payment of ATM and one time debit card purchases using Overdraft Privilege and the assessment of the $30 overdraft fee, must be pre-authorized, to the bank, by the customer’s decision to Opt-In to include those transactions prior to the initiation of those transactions).  Participation in the Overdraft Privilege program can save the customer the expense and the embarrassment of having an item returned.

What are the qualifications for Overdraft Privilege?

  • The account must be a checking account.  Savings and Money Market accounts do not qualify for the Overdraft Privilege Program
  • The account must have regular deposits (at least 2) during the first full statement cycle after account opening
  • The account must be in good standing (no insufficient funds or charge back activity) during the first full statement cycle.

What types of accounts are eligible for Overdraft Privilege?

Only personal checking accounts used for consumer purposes are eligible for Overdraft Privilege.  There are three different Overdraft Privilege limits, $300, $500 or $700.  The $700 limit is reserved for those customers that have a direct deposit to their account at least once a month.  The default limit for Overdraft Privilege is $300 for most new accounts.  However, those accounts that have been established for sometime and / or have additional banking relationships may qualify for the $500 limit.  The OOP’s Checking Account is not eligible for Overdraft Privilege.

What are the fees for Overdraft Privilege?

Our normal fee is currently $30.00 for each non-sufficient funds item.  However, Union State Bank will only charge a maximum of $90.00 in non-sufficient funds fees on a single business day to any one consumer account.  The non-sufficient fee of $30.00 will be charged regardless if the NSF item is paid or returned.

In the event that a non-sufficient item presented on an account would overdraw a customer’s account $5.00 or less, Union State Bank will automatically waive the non-sufficient funds fee of $30.00 for that occurrence.

What types of transactions can cause Overdrafts?

Fees will be applied to overdrafts created by:  checks written by you, electronic checks authorized by you, ACH debit transactions authorized by you, in-person withdrawals, other debit transactions authorized by you and those ATM and one time debit card transactions the customer has elected to OPT In to be paid.

What time period is required to repay the Overdraft Balance?

To maintain eligibility for Overdraft Privilege, customers must continue to make deposits into their accounts, bringing their account to a positive balance within a thirty (30) day period.  The bank reserves the right to require customers to pay outstanding overdraft (negative) balances, including fees, immediately or on demand.

Under what circumstances will the bank not pay an Overdraft?

The decision to pay customer overdrafts by Union State Bank is discretionary and the bank reserves the right not to pay any non-sufficient item.  Typically, the bank will not pay overdrafts if an account is not in good standing or regular deposits are not being made or the bank has determined overdraft abuse on the account.  We may refuse to pay an overdraft for you at anytime, even though your account is in good standing and we may have previously paid overdrafts for you.

What order are items posted to my account?

  • All credits (deposits) in time stamp order
  • All debit transactions (ATM, debit card, ACH, Point of Sale, and over the counter withdrawals) in timestamp order except checks
  • All checks in ascending serial number order

Can a customer Opt-Out of Overdraft Privilege?

A customer may choose at any time not to participate in Overdraft Privilege by notifying one of our customer service representatives in writing.  You may mail or deliver this written “opt-out” request to Union State Bank, Attention Bookkeeping, P. O. Box 600, Florence, Texas 76527.

How will you be notified if you use Overdraft Privilege?

Union State Bank will mail an Overdraft or Non-Sufficient Funds notice to the customer each time the customer has an item presented for payment against insufficient funds.  The notice will be mailed to the last known address of the customer on the same day of the overdraft occurrence.

How can you avoid using the Overdraft Privilege?

Union State Bank provides the Overdraft Privilege program as a service to their individual customers to protect them from the embarrassment and additional expense of having an inadvertent item returned to a merchant or service provider.  The program is in no way intended to be a long term solution to potential budgeting needs.

Union State Bank encourages customers to:

  • Record both your debit and credit transactions on the account and keep a running balance so that you know what your balance is the majority of the time
  • Balance your bank statement each month and research any discrepancies
  • Use the Union State Bank website to monitor your account and transactions posted to your account frequently between statement cycles
  • Utilize the Telebank service by calling  866-366-2265 for balance inquiry and limited transaction clearing history
  • Use the bank website to set up email balance alerts that will notify you when your balance reaches a low balance limit determined by you
  • Begin a regular savings program and have savings funds set up to automatically transfer to the checking account to cover an overdraft
  • In the event you find yourself in a cash crisis and know you will need to use the Overdraft Privilege, plan exactly how much you need to spend of those funds, come in to the bank and make one withdrawal for the total amount you will need and pay only one non-sufficient funds fee.  Once you withdraw the funds, you can purchase money orders to pay different obligations or purchase a prepaid gift card if you prefer not to carry cash.
  • Consult any of our loan officers to discuss a plan to address your budget needs

Always a Discretionary Service

The Union State Bank Overdraft Privilege service does not constitute an actual or implied agreement between you and the bank.  Nor does it constitute an actual or implied obligation of or by us.  Our overdraft privilege service represents a purely discretionary courtesy or privilege that we may provide to you from time to time and which may be withdrawn or withheld by us at any time without prior notice or reason or cause.

At anytime a customer should need help managing the use of the Overdraft Privilege service or need assistance with budget planning, they may contact any loan officer, at any location or go to www.mymoney.gov or www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart for financial literacy information.

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