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The Independent Community Bankers of America and the nation's community banks are calling on policymakers and the public to “Wake Up” to the risky practices, costly tax subsidies, and irresponsibly lax oversight of the nation’s credit unions.

Learn how the tax-exempt status of credit unions affects your state with our state-by-reports and gain key messaging guidance through the Wake Up Messaging Playbook.

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Bolton: Tax-subsidized credit union acquisitions demand Washington response

Mar 17, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
The resurgence of tax-exempt credit union acquisitions of community banks during the first part of 2022 is posing new threats to underserved communities, ICBA Chairman Brad Bolton writes in a new op-ed on LinkedIn.

ICBA campaign targeting credit union tax exemption

Mar 9, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA is running a targeted digital campaign encouraging congressional offices to press credit unions on acquisitions of community banks and other key issues.

ICBA Urges Congress to Ask Credit Union Representatives About Tax Exemption

Mar 1, 2022 | Press Release
With representatives from tax-exempt credit unions in Washington this week for meetings with congressional offices, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) is calling on lawmakers to ask tough questions about the credit union tax exemption.


These state-by-state reports show how credit unions have exceeded their original mandate and how that unchecked growth has negatively affected local communities across every state.

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Credit unions in your state used their tax exemption to avoid paying


in federal income taxes.


In 2022, credit unions across your state held a grand total of


in tax-free assets.


In your state credit unions paid $0 in federal income tax. Meanwhile,

Nurses paid:

Cashiers paid:

Teachers paid:

Wake Up Messaging Playbook

Wake Up Messaging Playbook

Find out how community bankers can more effectively advocate for a level tax and regulatory playing field between tax-exempt credit unions and the community banking industry. Access your playbook today. You must be a member to access this content.

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Credit Union Merger White Paper

Credit Union Merger White Paper

Because of their tax advantage and relaxed field of membership regulations, credit unions have begun to acquire community banks in order to fuel their growth. This trend should concern taxpayers.

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Exempt White Paper

Do They Know They're Tax Exempt?

If credit unions cannot abide by their original mandate deserving of a tax subsidy, then taxpayers are financing an unequal playing field that leaves behind the financially underserved, cheats federal and state tax authorities, and unfairly disadvantages legitimate for-profit institutions like community banks.

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