Recent changes to the FDIC Insurance Rules

Transaction Account Guarantee Program

Deposits held in noninterest-bearing transaction accounts, low-interest NOW accounts, and IOLTA accounts are fully insured, regardless of the amount in the account. This full coverage is in effect through December 31, 2009, but only at institutions participating in the FDIC’s Transaction Account Guarantee Program (TAGP). Contact your financial institution to confirm its participation in the TAGP.

Temporary increase in basic FDIC insurance amount

Effective October 3, 2008, the basic limit on federal deposit insurance coverage has been temporarily increased from $100,000 to $250,000 per depositor. The legislation provides that the basic deposit insurance limit will return to $100,000 on January 1, 2010.

New Basic FDIC Deposit Insurance Limits for Common Ownership Types*

Single Accounts (owned by one person) $250,000 per owner
Joint Accounts (two or more persons) $250,000 per co-owner
IRAs and other certain retirement accounts $250,000 per owner
Revocable Trust (ITF/POD) Accounts $250,000 per owner per beneficiary subject to specific limitations and requirements
Corporation/Partnership/Organization Accounts $250,000

*For information on the requirements for these ownership categories, click on the FDIC Info section of EDIE

Note: IRA’s and other certain retirement accounts will continue to be insured up to $250,000 after December 31, 2009, in accordance with the Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005.

New FDIC Rules for Revocable Trust Deposits

The FDIC has adopted new rules that simplify how revocable trust deposits are insured. The new rules, which became effective on September 26, 2008, ensure that a revocable trust owner has at least as much coverage as he or she had under the former revocable trust account rules. The new rules change the calculation of coverage for revocable trust deposits in two significant ways:

First, the new rules provide that the owner of a revocable trust deposit is eligible to receive per-beneficiary coverage for any beneficiary named in the revocable trust, as long as the beneficiary is an individual, a charity or another nonprofit organization (recognized as such in the Internal Revenue Code).

Second, the new rules provide for a streamlined method of calculating insurance coverage depending on the number of beneficiaries who are entitled to receive the deposits when the trust owner (or owners) dies. Specifically, the rules provide that: