Some banks are asking state legislators to pass resolutions calling on the U.S. Congress to eliminate the nonprofit status of credit unions, effectively imposing new taxes on the banks’ smallest of rivals. Said differently, “too big to fail” banks – those first to get in line for federal help and bailouts – are coming to a statehouse near you and pleading for government help to raise the cost of iheir ankle biter competitors.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Federal Credit Union Act, one of the nation’s most important economic development and financial services laws.
Congress created credit unions in response to the stress on family pocketbooks in the depths of the Depression.
Every day, nearly 3 million Illinois residents are among 96 million Americans who count on their local credit union to reach their financial goals.
As not-for-profit financial cooperatives, credit unions were first exempted from federal income taxes in 1917 explicitly to fulfill a special mission as valuable and affordable alternatives to for-profit banks to serve individuals with a common goal or interest.
Updating the federal tax code could be the next area in which the Democratic Senate can find common ground with the Republican House, according to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, said he expects Republicans in the House to begin moving on tax reform early in 2014, starting with action on the House Ways and Means Committee, on which Ryan serves.
Listen to an important radio message from the South Dakota Credit Unions: