Terms and Conditions Overdraft Addendum
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Understanding and Avoiding Overdraft and Nonsufficient Funds (NSF) Fees
Generally. This Addendum is part of the Terms and Conditions of Your Account. The information in this Addendum is being provided to help you understand what happens if your account is overdrawn. Understanding the concepts of overdrafts and nonsufficient funds (NSF) is important and can help you avoid being assessed fees or charges.This section also provides contractual terms relating to overdrafts and NSF transactions.
An overdrawn account will typically result in you being charged an overdraft fee or an NSF fee. Generally, an overdraft occurs when there is not enough money in your account to pay for a transaction, but we pay (or cover) the transaction anyway. An NSF transaction is slightly different. In an NSF transaction, we do not cover the transaction. Instead, the transaction is rejected and the item or requested payment is returned. In either situation, we can charge you a fee.
If you use our and we cover a transaction for which there is not enough money in your account to pay, we will consider that an overdraft. We treat all other transactions for which there is not enough money in your account as an NSF transaction, regardless of whether we cover the transaction or the transaction is rejected.
Determining Your Available Balance. We use the "available balance" method to determine whether your account is overdrawn, that is, whether there is enough money in your account to pay for a transaction. Importantly, your "available" balance may not be the same as your account's "actual" balance. This means an overdraft or an NSF transaction could occur regardless of your account's actual balance.
Your account's actual balance (sometimes called the ledger balance) only includes transactions that have settled up to that point in time, that is, transactions (deposits and payments) that have posted to your account. The actual balance does not include outstanding transactions (such as checks that have not yet cleared and electronic transactions that have been authorized but which are still pending). The balance on your periodic statement is the ledger balance for your account as of the statement date.
As the name implies, your available balance is calculated based on the money "available" in your account to make payments. In other words, the available balance takes ACH credit transactions and debit card transactions that have been authorized, but not yet settled, and adds or subtracts them from the actual balance. In addition, when calculating your available balance, any "holds" placed on deposits that have not yet cleared are also subtracted from the actual balance.
For more information on how holds placed on funds in your account can impact your available balance, read the subsection titled "A Temporary Debit Authorization Hold Affects Your Account Balance."
Overdrafts. You understand that we may, at our discretion, honor withdrawal requests that overdraw your account. However, the fact that we may honor withdrawal requests that overdraw the account balance does not obligate us to do so later. So you can NOT rely on us to pay overdrafts on your account regardless of how frequently or under what circumstances we have paid overdrafts on your account in the past. We can change our practice of paying, or not paying, discretionary overdrafts on your account without notice to you. You can ask us if we have other account services that might be available to you where we commit to paying overdrafts under certain circumstances, such as an overdraft protection line-of-credit or a plan to sweep funds from another account you have with us. You agree that we may charge fees for overdrafts. We may use subsequent deposits, including direct deposits of social security or other government benefits, to cover such overdrafts and overdraft fees.
For consumer accounts, we will not charge fees for overdrafts caused by ATM withdrawals or one-time (sometimes referred to as "everyday") debit card transactions if you have not opted-in to that service.
For consumer accounts, we will not charge fees for overdrafts caused by ATM withdrawals or one-time (sometimes referred to as "everyday") debit card transactions.
Nonsufficient Funds (NSF) Fees. If an item drafted by you (such as a check) or a transaction you set up (such as a preauthorized transfer) is presented for payment in an amount that is more than the amount of money available in your account, and we decide not to pay the item or transaction, you agree that we can charge you an NSF fee for returning the payment. Be aware that such an item or payment may be presented multiple times by the merchant or other payee until it is paid, and that we do not monitor or control the number of times a transaction is presented for payment. You agree that we may charge you an NSF fee each time a payment is presented if the amount of money available in your account is not sufficient to cover the payment, regardless of the number of times the payment is presented.
Nonsufficient Funds (NSF) Fees. If an item drafted by you (such as a check) or a transaction you set up (such as a preauthorized transfer) is presented for payment in an amount that is more than the amount of money in your account, and we decide not to pay the item or transaction, you agree that we can charge you an NSF fee for returning the payment. Be aware that such an item or payment may be presented multiple times by the merchant or other payee until it is paid, and that we do not monitor or control the number of times a transaction is presented for payment. You agree that we may charge you an NSF fee each time a payment is presented if the amount of money in your account is not sufficient to cover the payment, regardless of the number of times the payment is presented.
Payment Types. Some, but not necessarily all, of the ways you can access the funds in your account include debit card transactions, automated clearing house (ACH) transactions, and check transactions. All these payment types can use different processing systems and some may take more or less time to post. This information is important for a number of reasons. For example, keeping track of the checks you write and the timing of the preauthorized payments you set up will help you to know what other transactions might still post against your account.
For information about how and when we process these different payment types, see the "Payment Order of Items" section below.
Balance Information. Keeping track of your balance is important. You can review your balance in a number of ways including reviewing your periodic statement, reviewing your balance online, accessing your account information by phone, or coming into one of our branches.
Balance Information. Keeping track of your balance is important. You can review your balance in a number of ways including reviewing your periodic statement, reviewing your balance online, or on our app, accessing your account information by phone by calling Gogebic Range Bank at (906) 932-7646, calling Gogebic Range Bank Telephone Banking at (844) 932-7646, or by coming into one of our offices.
Funds Availability. Knowing when funds you deposit will be made available for withdrawal is another important concept that can help you avoid being assessed fees or charges. Please see our funds availability disclosure (generally titled, "Your Ability to Withdraw Funds") for information on when different types of deposits will be made available for withdrawal. For an account to which our funds availability policy disclosure does not apply, you can ask us when you make a deposit when those funds will be available for withdrawal. An item may be returned after the funds from the deposit of that item are made available for withdrawal. In that case, we will reverse the credit of the item. We may determine the amount of available funds in your account for the purpose of deciding whether to return an item for insufficient funds at any time between the times we receive the item and when we return the item or send a notice in lieu of return. We need only make one determination, but if we choose to make a subsequent determination, the account balance at the subsequent time will determine whether there are insufficient available funds.
A Temporary Debit Authorization Hold Affects Your Account Balance. On debit card purchases, merchants may request a temporary hold on your account for a specified sum of money when the merchant does not know the exact amount of the purchase at the time the card is authorized. The amount of the temporary hold may be more than the actual amount of your purchase. Some common transactions where this occurs involve purchases of gasoline, hotel rooms, or meals at restaurants. When this happens, our processing system cannot determine that the amount of the hold exceeds the actual amount of your purchase. This temporary hold, and the amount charged to your account, will eventually be adjusted to the actual amount of your purchase, but it could be three calendar days, or even longer in some cases, before the adjustment is made. Until the adjustment is made, the amount of funds in your account available for other transactions will be reduced by the amount of the temporary hold. If one or more transactions are presented for payment in an amount greater than the funds left after the deduction of the temporary hold amount, you will be charged an NSF or overdraft fee according to our NSF or overdraft fee policy, which may result in one or more overdraft or NSF fees. You will be charged the fee even if you would have had sufficient funds in your account if the amount of the hold had been equal to the amount of your purchase.
Payment Order of Items. The order in which items are paid is important if there is not enough money in your account to pay all of the items that are presented. The payment order can affect the number of items overdrawn or returned unpaid and the amount of the fees you may have to pay. To assist you in managing your account, we are providing you with the following information regarding how we process those items. We encourage you to make careful records and practice good account management. This will help you to avoid creating items without sufficient funds and potentially incurring the resulting fees.
Note that items may not be processed in the order they are received.
Our policy is:
The law permits us to pay items (such as checks or drafts) drawn on your account in any order. To assist you in handling your account with us, we are providing you with the following information regarding how we process the items that you write. When processing items drawn on your account, our policy is to pay the items in the order they are presented to us. In the event that more than one item is presented during the same batch process we will pay the smaller dollar items first. The order in which items are paid is important if there is not enough money in
your account to pay all the items presented. There is no policy that is favorable in every instance. If an item is presented without sufficient available funds in your account to pay it, we may, at our discretion, pay the item (creating an overdraft) or return the item (NSF). The amounts of the overdraft and NSF fees are disclosed on our Fee Schedule. We encourage you to make careful records and practice good account management. This will help you to avoid writing checks or conducting transactions without sufficient available funds and incurring the resulting fees. A fee applies to overdrafts created by checks, in-person withdrawal, ATM withdrawal, ACH, Point-of-sale, or other electronic means.
Our general rules on How Transactions are Posted to Your Account
We generally post items in the following order: 1) Credits, 2) ATM and POS/Debit Card Transactions, 3) ACH debits (low to high dollar amount, and 4) Checks (low to high dollar amount). We use your available balance when determining whether a transaction will cause your account to overdraw and for charging fees. Transactions will be processed against the available balance in the account at the time of processing. Importantly, the actual balance and available balance may differ as the available balance may be reflective of any pending ATM or debit card transactions that have not yet posted to your account or due to check holds.
Transactions may not be processed in the order in which they occurred and the order in which transactions are received and processed may impact the total amount of fees incurred. There are many ways transactions are presented for payment by merchants and we are not necessarily in control of when transactions are received. We may receive multiple deposit or withdrawal transactions on your account in many different forms throughout each business day. This means you may be charged more than one fee if multiple transactions overdraw your account.
We exercise judgement in making a specific decision about whether to pay or return an item. We review items presented and pay in an order to minimize overdraft and NSF fees charged. Deposits made to your account will be considered in making our final decision to pay or return an item if we are notified prior to 10:00 a.m. (CST).
Processing by type:
ATM Transactions- Cash withdrawals at an ATM are processed immediately.
Debit PIN/Point of Sale (POS)- Debit PIN or POS transactions are transactions where you use your Debit Card and enter a PIN number at the time of sale. PIN based transactions post in real time, when the card is swiped (or when you submit your PIN as part of an online purchase transaction) and the transaction authorized, the posting occurs almost immediately after authorization and funds are immediately withdrawn from your account.
Debit Signature Transaction-Debit Signature Transactions are transactions where you make a purchase with your Debit Card but instead of using a PIN, you are asked to sign or authorize that transaction by providing the code (CVV) on the back of your card. Each transaction is authorized when the card is swiped (or when you submit your debit card number as part of an online purchase transaction) and an authorization hold is placed on your account for the amount of the purchase. The merchant determines the duration of the authorization hold. The duration of the hold is typically three to four calendar days but may be longer due to transaction variables. During this hold period we will receive from the network the transaction and your account is debited for the amount of the transaction. The authorization hold is generally dropped when the final transaction posts to your account. However, for some transactions a merchant's authorization hold may remain on your account for the duration of the hold placed. If this applies you may contact us for more information about your situation and request the hold to be lifted.
ACH- ACH transactions are posted each business day. Credits post first, then debits.
Checks- Checks are generally posted in the order received each business day. Check deposits are posted as they are received each business day.
Gogebic Range Bank recognizes that there may be times when you inadvertently overdraw your checking account. Gogebic Range Bank offers overdraft protection through a linked account or a pre-approved line of credit (Personal Reserve Account) attached to your Gogebic Range Bank checking account.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us as (906) 932-7646 or come into one of our offices.