What is Bounce Protection?
Having a check returned due to insufficient funds can be a costly and embarrassing experience. At Texas Bank, we do not encourage overdrafts. As always, we encourage you to manage your finances responsibly. However, we want to save you from additional merchant fees and possible damage to your credit history that might result if a check is returned. That’s why we provide Bounce Protection, a special overdraft privilege for Texas Bank checking account customers. Bounce Protection is a discretionary overdraft service requiring no action on your part that provides you a safety net up to an automatically assigned overdraft limit. Your Bounce Protection limit may be available for checks and other transactions made using your checking account number or automatic bill payment and recurring debit card payment. Also, at your request, we may authorize and pay ATM transfers or withdrawals and everyday debit card purchases using your limit.
What does my Bounce Protection cost?
There is no additional cost associated with this privilege unless you use it. You will be charged our overdraft fee, currently $30, for each overdrawn item paid created by a traditional paper-based check, a teller withdrawal, an automatic payment (ACH) transaction, or a recurring debit card payment. Also, if you have requested us to do so, we may authorize and cover ATM transfers or withdrawals and everyday debit card purchases. For example, three paid items in one day will result in $90 in overdraft fees. To help you manage your account, the total fees you have paid for items (both paid and returned) during the current month and for the year-to-date will be reflected on your monthly checking statement.
How does Bounce Protection work?
As long as you maintain your account in “good standing”, Texas Bank may approve your overdrafts within your current available Bounce Protection limit as a non-contractual courtesy. For Bounce Protection consideration, your account is in good standing if you (1) make sufficient deposits to bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance at least once every 30 calendar days (including the payment of all bank fees and charges); (2) avoid excessive overdrafts suggesting the use of Bounce Protection as a continuing line of credit, and (3) there are no legal orders, levies or liens against your account. Please note that the amount of the overdraft plus our overdraft fee, currently $30 for each item paid, will be deducted from your overdraft limit. If the item is returned, the returned item fee, currently $30, will be deducted from your account. No interest will be charged on the overdraft balance. Please refer to the customer overdraft policy for additional details.
How do I know when I use the Bounce Protection limit?
You will receive an overdraft notice in the mail each time items are paid, including fees. You will need to subtract the total fees when balancing your checkbook.
What is my Bounce Protection limit? If I have two checking accounts, can I get Bounce Protection on both?
Your Bounce Protection limit is $500. If you have multiple accounts for your household, you may have a limit on all eligible accounts.
What if I go beyond my Bounce Protection limit?
Overdrafts above and beyond your established Bounce Protection limit may result in checks or other items being returned to the payee. The returned item fee, currently $30, will be charged per item returned and assessed to your account. An NSF notice will be sent to notify you of items paid and/or returned.
How quickly must I repay my Bounce Protection?
You should make every attempt to bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance as soon as possible, and must do so within 30 calendar days. If you are not able to do so, you will receive a letter from Texas Bank informing you that your Bounce Protection limit has been suspended and additional items will be returned. If your limit is suspended, unless we notify you otherwise or you request this service be removed from your account, your limit will be made available to cover overdrafts again the first business day after you bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance.
What if I am having trouble repaying my Bounce Protection or use it frequently?
Please contact us at 325-949-3721 if: (1) you do not believe you will be able to bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance within the required time period; (2) find that you are using Bounce Protection more often than you intend; or (3) don’t understand why your account becomes overdrawn. We would like to discuss your situation with you.
Following regulatory guidance, we will contact you if you are paying multiple overdraft fees (i.e., more than six fees in a rolling 12-month period), to discuss possible alternatives to Bounce Protection that may better meet your short-term credit needs. In the event you ask us to stop contacting you because you have determined Bounce Protection is appropriate for your needs, we will honor your wishes. However, if we identify that the number and frequency of overdrafts increases materially for an extended period of time at some point after that, we may contact you again to ensure Bounce Protection is still the most appropriate option available to you for covering your short-term credit needs or we may revoke the service due to excessive usage.
What are some of the ways I can access my Bounce Protection limit?
|Access Points||Is my Bounce Protection
Does the balance
|Writing a Check||Yes||N/A|
|Debit Card (recurring)||Yes||N/A|
|Debit Card (every day)||No**||N/A|
|ACH – Auto Debit||Yes||N/A|
** Bounce Protection service will be made available for ATM or everyday debit card transactions upon you signing an opt-in agreement. Visit one of our three (3) convenient locations to arrange for your ATM and debit card coverage.
How soon can I use my Bounce Protection?
If you are a new customer, we will advise you 30 or more days after your account is opened that you may use the Bounce Protection service. This is provided you have made two (2) deposits totaling $750 or more, maintained satisfactory activity in the account, including regular deposits, consistent with our internal standards for new account types that may offer Bounce Protection. Once you are notified your Bounce Protection limit is available to you, it may continue to be available provided you maintain the account in “good standing” as defined in this brochure
What are some other ways I can cover overdrafts at Texas Bank?
The best way to avoid overdrafts and fees is to keep track of your account balance by entering all checks, debit card purchases, ATM withdrawals, and any other withdrawals in your check register, reconcile your checkbook regularly, and manage your finances responsibly. However, if a mistake occurs, Texas Bank offers additional ways to cover overdrafts in addition to Bounce Protection.
|Ways To Cover Overdrafts at Texas Bank||Examples of Associated Fees|
|Good account management||$0|
|Link to savings account||$1 transfer fee|
|Reserve Checking||18% APR|
|Bounce Protection||Currently $25 per item|
This information is effective as of August 2017 and is provided as an example. Please ask us about our current specific products, rates and fees.
What if I do not want to have Bounce Protection on my checking account?
If you would like to have this service removed from your account, please notify Texas Bank in writing at 2201 Sherwood Way, San Angelo, TX 76901 or stop by one of our three locations and sign an opt-out form.
Bounce Protection Customer Policy
There are several ways your account can become overdrawn, such as (1) the payment of checks, electronic funds transfers or other withdrawal requests; (2) payments authorized by you (i.e. signature-based point of sale transactions); (3) the return of unpaid items deposited by you; (4) bank service charges; or (5) the deposit of items which, according to the bank’s Funds Availability Policy, are treated as not yet available or finally paid.
While we are not obligated to pay any item presented for payment if your account does not contain enough money, as long as you maintain your account in “good standing,” we may approve your overdraft items within your current available Bounce Protection limit as a non-contractual courtesy. For Bounce Protection consideration, your account is in “good standing” if you (1) deposit enough money to bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance at least once every 30 calendar days (including the payment of all bank fees and charges); (2) avoid excessive overdrafts suggesting the use of Bounce Protection as a continuing line of credit; and (3) have no legal orders, levies or liens against your account.
In the normal course of business, we generally pay electronic transactions first and then checks by serial number order, per the bank’s policy. We reserve the right to change the order of payment without notice to you if we suspect fraud or possible illegal activity affecting your account. Also, please be aware that the order we pay your items in may create multiple overdraft items in a single banking day and you will be charged our Overdraft Fee, currently $25 for each overdraft item paid.
You may opt out of the privilege at any time, but you are responsible for any overdrawn balances at the time of opting out. Normally, we will not approve an overdraft for you in excess of the predetermined amount assigned to your account type. So as not to exceed your limit, please note that the amount of the overdraft plus the bank’s Overdraft Fee, currently $25 per item will be deducted from the overdraft limit.
We may refuse to pay an overdraft item at any time even though we may have previously paid overdrafts for you. For example, we typically do not pay overdraft items if your account is not in good standing as defined above, or, if based upon our review of your account management, we determine that you are using Bounce Protection excessively or seem to be using Bounce Protection as a regular line of credit. You will be charged a returned item fee, currently $25 for each item returned.
We will notify you promptly of any overdraft items paid or returned that you may have; however, we have no obligation to notify you before we pay or return any item. The amount of any overdraft including our Overdraft Fee, currently $25 and a returned item fee, currently $25 that you owe us is due and payable upon demand. Even if we do not ask you for payment, you must repay us, no later than 30 calendar days after the creation of the overdraft. If there is an overdraft on an account with more than one owner on the signature card, each owner and agent, if applicable, is jointly and severally liable for all overdrafts including all fees charged.
Bounce Protection should not be viewed as an encouragement to overdraw your account. To avoid fees, we encourage you to keep track of your account balance by entering all items in your check register, reconcile your check book regularly, and manage your finances responsibly. If you would like to have this service removed from your account, please notify Texas Bank in writing at P. O. Box 3186, San Angelo, TX 76902, or come into one of our three (3) convenient locations.
Please note that your Bounce Protection limit may be available for each item paid under the limit created by checks and other transactions made using your checking account number, such as a teller withdrawal, an automatic payment (ACH) transaction, or automatic bill payment and recurring debit card payment. Also, at your request, we may authorize and pay ATM transfers or withdrawals and everyday debit card purchases using your limit. Your available balance may be affected by authorizations which could create additional overdrafts and associated fees. When you ask for your account balance, please remember the amount we show you does not include your overdraft limit.
LIMITATIONS: Bounce Protection is a non-contractual courtesy that is available to individually/jointly owned accounts in good standing for personal or household use, or sole proprietor use. Texas Bank reserves the right to limit participation to one account per household and to suspend, revoke, or discontinue this service without prior notice. For new accounts, your limit will be made available to you, once your account has been open for 30 days, and if you make two deposits totaling $750 or more. If your limit is suspended, unless we notify you otherwise or you request this service be removed from your account, your limit will be made available to cover overdrafts again the first business day after you bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance.