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OCC Waives 1997 Increase for Inflation, Cuts Corporate Fees

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced it will waive a 2.05 percent inflationary adjustment in national bank assessments for 1997, and will significantly reduce fees for applications that are eligible for expedited processing under the OCC's revised Part 5 regulation.

"This marks the third consecutive year that the OCC will pass its savings from improved productivity and efficiency on to national banks," said Comptroller of the Currency Eugene A. Ludwig. "The expedited processing adopted in Part 5 will not only result in earlier decisions on corporate transactions, but will also produce cost efficiencies, permitting the OCC to cut fees for these applications by 50 percent."

The OCC's revised Part 5 regulation includes a risk-based approach to corporate applications and national banks' corporate activities, and considers the risk, novelty and complexity of proposed activities in setting application fees. Beginning in 1997, the OCC will expedite processing and reduce fees for certain types of applications from healthy banks with satisfactory or better CRA ratings and no enforcement actions. Under the new fee structure, rates for the following application types will be:

Application Type Fee
New National Bank Charter
   Standard $17,400
   Expedited (for healthy bank holding companies) 8,700
   Low- and Moderate-Income Area 0
Conversion to a National Bank
   Standard $5,100
   Expedited 2,550
Business Combination
   Unaffiliated Business Combination (merger of two banks)
      Standard $6,200
      Expedited 3,100
   Unaffiliated Branch P&A (acquisition of branches)
      Standard $3,800
Expedited 1,900
   Business Reorganization (merger of two banks within holding company)
      Standard $4,600
      Expedited 2,300
   Standard $700
   Expedited 350
   Multiple Branches in Single Applicatio As above + 100 for each add'l branch
Low- or Moderate-Income Area 0
Operating Subsidiary
   Standard $2,700
   Expedited 1,350
Multiple Bank As above + 100 for each add'l bank
Fiduciary Powers
   Standard $1,600
   Expedited 800
Bank Service Corporation
   Standard $2,000
   Expedited 1,000

"We have also eliminated filing fees for applications for new national bank charters and branches to be located in low- or moderate-income areas and where no other bank or thrift operates a branch or main office," Mr. Ludwig said. As previously announced, the OCC is also reducing assessment rates by 12 percent for national banks that are not the largest, or "lead" bank, in a multi-bank holding company.

The OCC's 1997 Corporate Fee Structure and assessment rates are published in OCC Bulletin 96-66. The bulletin can be obtained from the OCC's fax information line by calling (202) 479-0141 and requesting document number 29666, and it is also posted on the Internet at

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