Wake Up and Take Action

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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Op-ed targets credit union acquisitions ahead of committee votes

Jun 10, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
Congress should join the growing number of states fighting back against credit union acquisitions of community banks, ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey says in a new op-ed.

ICBA leading push on ILC, overdraft, credit union bills

Jun 9, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
With several key community banking policy issues coming up for a vote in the coming days, ICBA is urging community bankers to speak out while it engages lawmakers in Washington.

Grassroots push on credit union bill continues

Jun 6, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA continues calling on community bankers to urge their lawmakers to oppose legislation that would expand credit unions’ fields of membership and commercial lending powers.


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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