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The Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act of 1994 (HOEPA) sets forth rules for homesecured loans in which the total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan consummation exceed the greater of $400 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. In keeping with the statute, the Board has annually adjusted the $400 amount based on the annual percentage change reflected in the Consumer Price Index that is in effect on June 1. The adjusted dollar amount for 2008 is $561. DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Ahrens, Senior Counsel, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, at (202) 452–3667. For the users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (‘‘TDD’’) only, contact (202) 263–4869. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Truth in Lending Act (TILA; 15 U.S.C. 1601–1666j) requires creditors to disclose credit terms and the cost of consumer credit as an annual percentage rate. The act requires additional disclosures for loans secured by a consumer’s home, and permits E:\FR\FM\07AUR1.SGM 07AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 151 / Tuesday, August 7, 2007 / Rules and Regulations rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with RULES consumers to cancel certain transactions that involve their principal dwelling. TILA is implemented by the Board’s Regulation Z (12 CFR part 226). The Board’s official staff commentary (12 CFR part 226 (Supp. I)) interprets the regulation, and provides guidance to creditors in applying the regulation to specific transactions. In 1995, the Board published amendments to Regulation Z implementing HOEPA, contained in the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994, Public Law 103–325, 108 Stat. 2160 (60 FR 15463). These amendments, contained in §§ 226.32 and 226.34 of the regulation, impose substantive limitations and additional disclosure requirements on certain closed-end home mortgage loans bearing rates or fees above a certain percentage or amount. As enacted, the statute requires creditors to comply with the HOEPA rules if the total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan consummation exceed the greater of $400 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. TILA and Regulation Z provide that the $400 figure shall be adjusted annually on January 1 by the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that was reported on the preceding June 1. (15 U.S.C. 1602(aa)(3) and 12 CFR 226.32(a)(1)(ii)). The Board adjusted the $400 amount to $547 for the year 2007. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes consumer-based indices monthly, but does not report a CPI change on June 1; adjustments are reported in the middle of each month. The Board uses the CPI–U index, which is based on all urban consumers and represents approximately 87 percent of the U.S. population, as the index for adjusting the $400 dollar figure. The adjustment to the CPI–U index reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 15, 2007, was the CPI–U index in effect on June 1, and reflects the percentage increase from April 2006 to April 2007. The adjustment to the $400 figure below reflects a 2.56 percent increase in the CPI–U index for this period and is rounded to whole dollars for ease of compliance. II. Adjustment and Commentary Revision Effective January 1, 2008, for purposes of determining whether a home mortgage transaction is covered by 12 CFR 226.32 (based on the total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan consummation), a loan is covered if the points and fees exceed the greater of $561 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. Comment 32(a)(1)(ii)–2, VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:12 Aug 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 44033 which lists the adjustments for each year, is amended to reflect the dollar adjustment for 2007. Because the timing and method of the adjustment is set by statute, the Board finds that notice and public comment on the change are unnecessary. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION III. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Standard Instrument Approach Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments The Board certifies that this amendment will not have a substantial effect on regulated entities because the only change is to raise the threshold for transactions requiring HOEPA disclosures. List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 226 Advertising, Federal Reserve System, Mortgages, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Truth in lending. I For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends Regulation Z, 12 CFR part 226, as set forth below: PART 226—TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z) 1. The authority citation for part 226 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 12 U.S.C. 3806; 15 U.S.C. 1604 and 1637(c)(5). 2. In Supplement I to Part 226, under Section 226.32—Requirements for Certain Closed-End Home Mortgages, under Paragraph 32(a)(1)(ii), paragraph 2. xiii. is added. I Supplement I to Part 226—Official Staff Interpretations * * * * * Subpart E—Special Rules for Certain Home Mortgage Transactions * * * * * Section 226.32—Requirements for Certain Closed-End Home Mortgages 32(a) Coverage * * * * * Paragraph 32(a)(1)(ii) * * * * * 2. Annual adjustment of $400 amount. * * * * * xiii. For 2008, $561, reflecting a 2.56 percent increase in the CPI–U from June 2006 to June 2007, rounded to the nearest whole dollar. * * * * * Dated: August 1, 2007. By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, acting through the Director of the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs under delegated authority. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 151 (Tuesday, August 7, 2007)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 44032-44033]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-15194]


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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

12 CFR Part 226

[Regulation Z; Docket No. R-1291]


Truth in Lending

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Final rule; staff commentary.

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SUMMARY: The Board is publishing a final rule amending the staff 
commentary that interprets the requirements of Regulation Z (Truth in 
Lending). The Board is required to adjust annually the dollar amount 
that triggers requirements for certain home mortgage loans bearing fees 
above a certain amount. The Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act of 
1994 (HOEPA) sets forth rules for home-secured loans in which the total 
points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan consummation 
exceed the greater of $400 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. In 
keeping with the statute, the Board has annually adjusted the $400 
amount based on the annual percentage change reflected in the Consumer 
Price Index that is in effect on June 1. The adjusted dollar amount for 
2008 is $561.

DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Ahrens, Senior Counsel, Division 
of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal 
Reserve System, at (202) 452-3667. For the users of Telecommunications 
Device for the Deaf (``TDD'') only, contact (202) 263-4869.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Truth in Lending Act (TILA; 15 U.S.C. 1601-1666j) requires 
creditors to disclose credit terms and the cost of consumer credit as 
an annual percentage rate. The act requires additional disclosures for 
loans secured by a consumer's home, and permits

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consumers to cancel certain transactions that involve their principal 
dwelling. TILA is implemented by the Board's Regulation Z (12 CFR part 
226). The Board's official staff commentary (12 CFR part 226 (Supp. I)) 
interprets the regulation, and provides guidance to creditors in 
applying the regulation to specific transactions.
    In 1995, the Board published amendments to Regulation Z 
implementing HOEPA, contained in the Riegle Community Development and 
Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-325, 108 Stat. 2160 
(60 FR 15463). These amendments, contained in Sec. Sec.  226.32 and 
226.34 of the regulation, impose substantive limitations and additional 
disclosure requirements on certain closed-end home mortgage loans 
bearing rates or fees above a certain percentage or amount. As enacted, 
the statute requires creditors to comply with the HOEPA rules if the 
total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan 
consummation exceed the greater of $400 or 8 percent of the total loan 
amount. TILA and Regulation Z provide that the $400 figure shall be 
adjusted annually on January 1 by the annual percentage change in the 
Consumer Price Index (CPI) that was reported on the preceding June 1. 
(15 U.S.C. 1602(aa)(3) and 12 CFR 226.32(a)(1)(ii)). The Board adjusted 
the $400 amount to $547 for the year 2007.
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes consumer-based indices 
monthly, but does not report a CPI change on June 1; adjustments are 
reported in the middle of each month. The Board uses the CPI-U index, 
which is based on all urban consumers and represents approximately 87 
percent of the U.S. population, as the index for adjusting the $400 
dollar figure. The adjustment to the CPI-U index reported by the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics on May 15, 2007, was the CPI-U index in effect on 
June 1, and reflects the percentage increase from April 2006 to April 
2007. The adjustment to the $400 figure below reflects a 2.56 percent 
increase in the CPI-U index for this period and is rounded to whole 
dollars for ease of compliance.

II. Adjustment and Commentary Revision

    Effective January 1, 2008, for purposes of determining whether a 
home mortgage transaction is covered by 12 CFR 226.32 (based on the 
total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan 
consummation), a loan is covered if the points and fees exceed the 
greater of $561 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. Comment 
32(a)(1)(ii)-2, which lists the adjustments for each year, is amended 
to reflect the dollar adjustment for 2007. Because the timing and 
method of the adjustment is set by statute, the Board finds that notice 
and public comment on the change are unnecessary.

III. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

    The Board certifies that this amendment will not have a substantial 
effect on regulated entities because the only change is to raise the 
threshold for transactions requiring HOEPA disclosures.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 226

    Advertising, Federal Reserve System, Mortgages, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Truth in lending.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends Regulation 
Z, 12 CFR part 226, as set forth below:

PART 226--TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z)

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1. The authority citation for part 226 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 3806; 15 U.S.C. 1604 and 1637(c)(5).

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2. In Supplement I to Part 226, under Section 226.32--Requirements for 
Certain Closed-End Home Mortgages, under Paragraph 32(a)(1)(ii), 
paragraph 2. xiii. is added.

Supplement I to Part 226--Official Staff Interpretations

* * * * *

Subpart E--Special Rules for Certain Home Mortgage Transactions

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Section 226.32--Requirements for Certain Closed-End Home Mortgages

    32(a) Coverage
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    Paragraph 32(a)(1)(ii)
* * * * *
    2. Annual adjustment of $400 amount.
* * * * *
    xiii. For 2008, $561, reflecting a 2.56 percent increase in the 
CPI-U from June 2006 to June 2007, rounded to the nearest whole 
dollar.
* * * * *

    Dated: August 1, 2007.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, acting through the Director of the Division of Consumer and 
Community Affairs under delegated authority.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. E7-15194 Filed 8-6-07; 8:45 am]
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