BRIEFLY: FedNow on track; Treasury scales back balance reporting proposal; Tech giants providing payment services ordered to give up info

(Oct. 22, 2021) “FedNow” – the Federal Reserve’s much-anticipated (and delayed) round the clock payment system – will be ready “sooner rather than later,” Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George (the “executive sponsor” of the Fed initiative) told a bankers’ group Tuesday, reiterating that a 2023 debut is on track. Her comments confirmed an announcement by the Fed made in February, also targeting 2023 as the debut for the system. Originally, the Fed had set the system’s debut for as late as 2024 … Likely in response to strong political pressure brought by both the credit union and banking industries, the Treasury this week raised the proposed threshold to $10,000 for reporting of balances at accounts held at credit unions and banks to the IRS. The banking industry immediately rejected the amended proposal (as it had the previous threshold of $600 or more). Under the proposal, meant to find and track account holders who are not paying their taxes, credit unions and banks would have to provide data on accounts with total annual deposits or withdrawals worth more than $10,000, not including payroll and beneficiary deposits … Large technology companies operating U.S. payments systems were ordered this week by the CFPB to provide information on their business practices, which CFPB said would help it better understand how the firms use personal payments data and manage data access to users in order to ensure adequate consumer protection. CFPB said the initial orders were sent to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal, and Square. CFPB said it will also be studying the payment system practices of Chinese tech giants, including Alipay and WeChat Pay.


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CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans