Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans Exemption Threshold, 67843-67847 [2021-25908]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations § 51.10 [Amended] 12. In § 51.10, amend paragraph (b)(2) by removing ‘‘acitivity’’ and adding in its place ‘‘activity’’. ■ Section 71.97 also issued under Sec. 301, Pub. L. 96–295, 94 Stat. 789 (42 U.S.C. 5841 note). § 71.4 [Amended] 19. In § 71.4, remove ‘‘Licensed material’’ and add in its place the term ‘‘Licensed material’’. ■ PART 73—PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS 20. The authority citation for part 73 is revised to read as follows: ■ § 51.52 [Amended] 13. In § 51.52, amend footnote 4 by removing ‘‘appiled’’ and adding in its place ‘‘applied’’. ■ PART 52—LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND APPROVALS FOR NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS 14. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 103, 104, 147, 149, 161, 181, 182, 183, 185, 186, 189, 223, 234 (42 U.S.C. 2133, 2134, 2167, 2169, 2201, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2235, 2236, 2239, 2273, 2282); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 202, 206, 211 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5842, 5846, 5851); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. § 52.136 21. In § 73.73, revise paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows: ■ § 73.73 Requirement for advance notice and protection of export shipments of special nuclear material of low strategic significance. (a) * * * (1) Notify in writing the Director, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, by email (preferred method) to AdvanceNotifications.Resource@ nrc.gov or by using any appropriate method listed in § 73.4; * * * * * ■ 22. In § 73.74, revise paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows: [Amended] 15. In § 52.136, remove the reference ‘‘10 CFR 50.33(a) through (d) and (j)’’ and add in its place the reference ‘‘10 CFR 50.33(a) through (c) and (j)’’. ■ PART 55—OPERATORS’ LICENSES 16. The authority citation for part 55 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 107, 161, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 223, 234 (42 U.S.C. 2137, 2201, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2236, 2237, 2273, 2282); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 202 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5842); Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, sec. 306 (42 U.S.C. 10226); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. § 55.33 Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 53, 147, 149, 161, 170D, 170E, 170H, 170I, 223, 229, 234, 1701 (42 U.S.C. 2073, 2167, 2169, 2201, 2210d, 2210e, 2210h, 2210i, 2273, 2278a, 2282, 2297f); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 202 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5842); Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, secs. 135, 141 (42 U.S.C. 10155, 10161); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. Section 73.37(b)(2) also issued under sec. 301, Pub. L. 96–295, 94 Stat. 789 (42 U.S.C. 5841 note). [Amended] 17. In § 55.33, amend paragraph (a)(1) by removing ‘‘applicants’’ and adding in its place ‘‘applicant’s’’. ■ PART 71—PACKAGING AND TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL 18. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: § 73.74 Requirement for advance notice and protection of import shipments of nuclear material from countries that are not party to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. (a) * * * (1) Notify in writing the Director, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, by email (preferred method) to AdvanceNotifications.Resource@ nrc.gov or by using any appropriate method listed in § 73.4; * * * * * PART 110—EXPORT AND IMPORT OF NUCLEAR EQUIPMENT AND MATERIAL lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:56 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 23. The authority citation for part 110 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 53, 57, 62, 63, 81, 161, 182, 183, 223, 234, 1701 (42 U.S.C. 2073, 2077, 2092, 2093, 2111, 2201, 2232, 2233, 2273, 2282, 2297f); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 202, 206, 211 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5842, 5846, 5851); Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, sec. 180 (42 U.S.C. 10175); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 11, 51, 53, 54, 57, 62, 63, 64, 65, 81, 82, 103, 104, 109, 111, 121, 122, 123, 124, 126, 127, 128, 129, 133, 134, 161, 170H, 181, 182, 183, 184, 186, 187, 189, 223, 234 (42 U.S.C. 2014, 2071, 2073, 2074, 2077, 2092, 2093, 2094, 2095, 2111, 2112, 2133, 2134, PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2139, 2141, 2151, 2152, 2153, 2154, 2155, 2156, 2157, 2158, 2160c, 2160d, 2201, 2210h, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2234, 2236, 2237, 2239, 2273, 2282); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, sec. 201 (42 U.S.C. 5841); Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 552, 553); 42 U.S.C. 2139a, 2155a; 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. Section 110.1(b) also issued under 22 U.S.C. 2403; 22 U.S.C. 2778a; 50 App. U.S.C. 2401 et seq. 24. In § 110.2, amend the definition for Medical isotope by removing the phrase ‘‘radiopharmaceutical for diagnostic, therapeutic procedures or for research and development’’ and adding in its place the phrase ‘‘radiopharmaceutical for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures or for research and development.’’ ■ 25. In appendix P to part 110, revise the mathematical formula to read as follows: ■ Appendix P to Part 110—Category 1 and 2 Radioactive Material * * * * * Dated: November 3, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Cindy K. Bladey, Chief, Regulatory Analysis and Rulemaking Support Branch, Division of Rulemaking, Environmental, and Financial Support, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2021–24472 Filed 11–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 12 CFR Part 34 [Docket No. OCC–2021–0019] RIN 1557–AF13 FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 12 CFR Part 226 [Docket No. R–1758] RIN 7100–AG21 BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION 12 CFR Part 1026 Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans Exemption Threshold Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (OCC); Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1 ER30NO21.047</GPH> Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 202 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5842); National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332, 4334, 4335); Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, secs. 144(f), 121, 135, 141, 148 (42 U.S.C. 10134(f), 10141, 10155, 10161, 10168); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. 67843 67844 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations System (Board); and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau). ACTION: Final rules, official interpretations and commentary. The OCC, the Board, and the Bureau are finalizing amendments to the official interpretations for their regulations that implement section 129H of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Section 129H of TILA establishes special appraisal requirements for ‘‘higher-risk mortgages,’’ termed ‘‘higher-priced mortgage loans’’ or ‘‘HPMLs’’ in the agencies’ regulations. The OCC, the Board, the Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) (collectively, the Agencies) jointly issued final rules implementing these requirements, effective January 18, 2014. The Agencies’ rules exempted, among other loan types, transactions of $25,000 or less, and required that this loan amount be adjusted annually based on any annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). If there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau will not adjust this exemption threshold from the prior year. However, in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. Based on the CPI–W in effect as of June 1, 2021, the exemption threshold will increase from $27,200 to $28,500, effective January 1, 2022. DATES: This final rule is effective January 1, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OCC: MaryAnn Nash, Counsel, Chief Counsel’s Office, (202) 649–6287; for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing TTY, (202) 649–5597. Board: Lorna M. Neill, Senior Counsel, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, at (202) 452–3667. Bureau: Lanique Eubanks, Senior Counsel, Office of Regulations, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, at (202) 435–7700. If you require this document in an alternative electronic format, please contact CFPB_ Accessibility@cfpb.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:56 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 I. Background The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) amended TILA to add special appraisal requirements for ‘‘higher-risk mortgages.’’ 1 In January 2013, the Agencies jointly issued a final rule implementing these requirements and adopted the term ‘‘higher-priced mortgage loan’’ (HPML) instead of ‘‘higher-risk mortgage’’ (the January 2013 Final Rule).2 In July 2013, the Agencies proposed additional exemptions from the January 2013 Final Rule.3 In December 2013, the Agencies issued a supplemental final rule with additional exemptions from the January 2013 Final Rule (the December 2013 Supplemental Final Rule).4 Among other exemptions, the Agencies adopted an exemption from the new HPML appraisal rules for transactions of $25,000 or less, to be adjusted annually for inflation. The OCC’s, Board’s, and Bureau’s versions of the January 2013 Final Rule and December 2013 Supplemental Final Rule and corresponding official interpretations are substantively identical. The FDIC, NCUA, and FHFA adopted the Bureau’s version of the regulations under the January 2013 Final Rule and December 2013 Supplemental Final Rule.5 The OCC’s, Board’s, and Bureau’s regulations,6 and their accompanying interpretations,7 provide that the exemption threshold for smaller loans will be adjusted effective January 1 of each year based on any annual percentage increase in the CPI–W that was in effect on the preceding June 1. Any increase in the threshold amount will be rounded to the nearest $100 increment. For example, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $950 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. However, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $949 increase 1 Public Law 111–203, section 1471, 124 Stat. 1376, 2185–87 (2010), codified at TILA section 129H, 15 U.S.C. 1639h. 2 78 FR 10368 (Feb. 13, 2013). 3 78 FR 48548 (Aug. 8, 2013). 4 78 FR 78520 (Dec. 26, 2013). 5 See NCUA: 12 CFR 722.3; FHFA: 12 CFR part 1222. Although the FDIC adopted the Bureau’s version of the regulation, the FDIC did not issue its own regulation containing a cross-reference to the Bureau’s version. See 78 FR 10368, 10370 (Feb. 13, 2013). 6 12 CFR 34.203(b)(2) (OCC); 12 CFR 226.43(b)(2) (Board); and 12 CFR 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) (Bureau). 7 12 CFR part 34, appendix C to subpart G, comment 203(b)(2)–1 (OCC); 12 CFR part 226, Supplement I, comment 43(b)(2)–1 (Board); and 12 CFR part 1026, Supplement I, comment 35(c)(2)(ii)– 1 (Bureau). PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $900. If there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau will not adjust the threshold amounts from the prior year.8 On November 30, 2016, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau published a final rule in the Federal Register to memorialize the calculation method used by the Agencies each year to adjust the exemption threshold to ensure that the values for the exemption threshold keep pace with the CPI–W (HPML Small Dollar Adjustment Calculation Rule).9 The HPML Small Dollar Adjustment Calculation Rule memorialized the policy that, if there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, the OCC, Board, and Bureau will not adjust the exemption threshold from the prior year. The HPML Small Dollar Adjustment Calculation Rule also provided that, in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted because there was a decrease in the CPI–W from the previous year, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage change in the CPI–W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. If the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is greater than the current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will increase accordingly; if the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is equal to or less than the current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will not change, but future increases will be calculated based on the amount that would have resulted, after rounding. II. 2022 Adjustment and Commentary Revision Effective January 1, 2022, the exemption threshold amount is increased from $27,200 to $28,500. This amount is based on the CPI–W in effect on June 1, 2021, which was reported on May 12, 2021 (based on April 2021 data).10 The CPI–W is a subset of the CPI–U index (based on all urban 8 See 12 CFR part 34, appendix C to subpart G, comment 203(b)(2)–1 and –2 (OCC); 12 CFR part 226, Supplement I, comment 43(b)(2)–1 and –2 (Board); and 12 CFR part 1026, Supplement I, comment 35(c)(2)(ii)–1 and –2 (Bureau). 9 See 81 FR 86250 (Nov. 30, 2016). 10 The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates consumer-based indices for each month, but does not report those indices until the middle of the following month. As such, the most recently reported indices as of June 1, 2021 were reported on May 12, 2021, and reflect economic conditions in April 2021. E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations consumers) and represents approximately 29 percent of the U.S. population. The CPI–W reported on May 12, 2021, reflects a 4.7 percent increase in the CPI–W from April 2020 to April 2021. Accordingly, the 4.7 percent increase in the CPI–W from April 2020 to April 2021 results in an exemption threshold amount of $28,500, after rounding. The OCC, the Board, and the Bureau are revising the commentaries to their respective regulations to add new comments as follows: • Comment 203(b)(2)–3.ix to 12 CFR part 34, Appendix C to Subpart G (OCC); • Comment 43(b)(2)–3.ix to Supplement I of 12 CFR part 226 (Board); and • Comment 35(c)(2)(ii)–3.ix to Supplement I of 12 CFR part 1026 (Bureau). These new comments state that, from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, the threshold amount is $28,500. These revisions are effective January 1, 2022. III. Regulatory Analysis Administrative Procedure Act Under the Administrative Procedure Act, notice and opportunity for public comment are not required if the agency finds that notice and public comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.11 The amendments in this rule are technical and apply the method previously memorialized in the December 2013 Supplemental Final Rule and the HPML Small Dollar Adjustment Calculation Rule. For these reasons, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau have determined that publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and providing opportunity for public comment are unnecessary. Therefore, the amendments are adopted in final form. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 Regulatory Flexibility Act 12 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). U.S.C. 603(a), 604(a). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:56 Nov 29, 2021 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,13 the Agencies reviewed this final rule. No collections of information pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act are contained in the final rule. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Authority and Issuance For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the OCC amends 12 CFR part 34 as set forth below: ■ Bureau Congressional Review Act Statement ■ Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Bureau will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to the rule taking effect. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has designated this rule as not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Bureau Signing Authority The Associate Director of Research, Markets, and Regulations, Janis K. Pappalardo, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to Laura Galban, Bureau Federal Register Liaison, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. List of Subjects 12 CFR Part 34 Appraisal, Appraiser, Banks, Banking, Consumer protection, Credit, Mortgages, National banks, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Savings associations, Truth in lending. Advertising, Appraisal, Appraiser, Consumer protection, Credit, Federal Reserve System, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Truth in lending. 12 CFR Part 1026 Advertising, Banks, banking, Consumer protection, Credit, Credit unions, Mortgages, National banks, Reporting and recordkeeping 13 44 14 2 Jkt 256001 requirements, Savings associations, Truth-in-lending. The OCC analyzes proposed rules for the factors listed in Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, before promulgating a final rule for which a general notice of proposed rulemaking was published.14 As discussed above, the OCC has determined that the publication of a general notice of proposed rulemaking is unnecessary. 12 CFR Part 226 The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) does not apply to a rulemaking where a general notice of proposed rulemaking is not required.12 As noted previously, the Agencies have determined that it is unnecessary to publish a general notice of proposed rulemaking for this final rule. Accordingly, the RFA’s requirements relating to an initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply. 11 5 Paperwork Reduction Act PO 00000 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR part 1320. U.S.C. 1532. Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 67845 PART 34—REAL ESTATE LENDING AND APPRAISALS 1. The authority citation for part 34 continues to read as follows: Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1 et seq., 25b, 29, 93a, 371, 1462a, 1463, 1464, 1465, 1701j-3, 1828(o), 3331 et seq., 5101 et seq., 5412(b)(2)(B) and 15 U.S.C. 1639h. 2. In Appendix C to Subpart G, under Section 34.203—Appraisals for HigherPriced Mortgage Loans, paragraph 34.203(b)(2) is revised to read as follows: Appendix C to Subpart G—OCC Interpretations * * * * * Section 34.203—Appraisals for HigherPriced Mortgage Loans * * * * * Paragraph 34.203(b)(2) 1. Threshold amount. For purposes of § 34.203(b)(2), the threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount stated in comment 203(b)(2)–3 for that period. The threshold amount is adjusted effective January 1 of each year by any annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W) that was in effect on the preceding June 1. Comment 203(b)(2)– 3 will be amended to provide the threshold amount for the upcoming year after the annual percentage change in the CPI–W that was in effect on June 1 becomes available. Any increase in the threshold amount will be rounded to the nearest $100 increment. For example, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $950 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. However, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $949 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $900. 2. No increase in the CPI–W. If the CPI–W in effect on June 1 does not increase from the CPI–W in effect on June 1 of the previous year, the threshold amount effective the following January 1 through December 31 will not change from the previous year. When this occurs, for the years that follow, the threshold is calculated based on the annual percentage change in the CPI–W applied to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. i. Net increases. If the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is greater than the E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1 67846 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will increase accordingly. ii. Net decreases. If the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is equal to or less than the current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will not change, but future increases will be calculated based on the amount that would have resulted. 3. Threshold. For purposes of § 34.203(b)(2), the threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount stated below for that period. i. From January 18, 2014, through December 31, 2014, the threshold amount is $25,000. ii. From January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the threshold amount is $25,500. iii. From January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, the threshold amount is $25,500. iv. From January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, the threshold amount is $25,500. v. From January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, the threshold amount is $26,000. vi. From January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the threshold amount is $26,700. vii. From January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, the threshold amount is $27,200. viii. From January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the threshold amount is $27,200. ix. From January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, the threshold amount is $28,500. 4. Qualifying for exemption—in general. A transaction is exempt under § 34.203(b)(2) if the creditor makes an extension of credit at consummation that is equal to or below the threshold amount in effect at the time of consummation. 5. Qualifying for exemption—subsequent changes. A transaction does not meet the condition for an exemption under § 34.203(b)(2) merely because it is used to satisfy and replace an existing exempt loan, unless the amount of the new extension of credit is equal to or less than the applicable threshold amount. For example, assume a closed-end loan that qualified for a § 34.203(b)(2) exemption at consummation in year one is refinanced in year ten and that the new loan amount is greater than the threshold amount in effect in year ten. In these circumstances, the creditor must comply with all of the applicable requirements of § 34.203 with respect to the year ten transaction if the original loan is satisfied and replaced by the new loan, unless another exemption from the requirements of § 34.203 applies. See § 34.203(b) and (d)(7). lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 * * * * * BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Authority and Issuance For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends Regulation Z, 12 CFR part 226, as set forth below: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:56 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 PART 226—TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z) 3. The authority citation for part 226 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 3806; 15 U.S.C. 1604, 1637(c)(5), 1639(l), and 1639h; Pub. L. 111– 24, section 2, 123 Stat. 1734; Pub. L. 111– 203, 124 Stat. 1376. 4. In Supplement I to part 226, under Section 226.43—Appraisals for HigherRisk Mortgage Loans, paragraph 43(b)(2) is revised to read as follows: ■ Supplement I to Part 226—Official Staff Interpretations * * * * * Section 226.43—Appraisals for Higher—Risk Mortgage Loans * * * * * Paragraph 43(b)(2) 1. Threshold amount. For purposes of § 226.43(b)(2), the threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount stated in comment 43(b)(2)–3 for that period. The threshold amount is adjusted effective January 1 of each year by any annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W) that was in effect on the preceding June 1. Comment 43(b)(2)–3 will be amended to provide the threshold amount for the upcoming year after the annual percentage change in the CPI–W that was in effect on June 1 becomes available. Any increase in the threshold amount will be rounded to the nearest $100 increment. For example, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $950 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. However, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $949 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $900. 2. No increase in the CPI–W. If the CPI–W in effect on June 1 does not increase from the CPI–W in effect on June 1 of the previous year, the threshold amount effective the following January 1 through December 31 will not change from the previous year. When this occurs, for the years that follow, the threshold is calculated based on the annual percentage change in the CPI–W applied to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. i. Net increases. If the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is greater than the current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will increase accordingly. ii. Net decreases. If the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is equal to or less than the current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will not change, but future increases will be calculated based on the amount that would have resulted. 3. Threshold. For purposes of § 226.43(b)(2), the threshold amount in effect PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 during a particular period is the amount stated below for that period. i. From January 18, 2014, through December 31, 2014, the threshold amount is $25,000. ii. From January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the threshold amount is $25,500. iii. From January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, the threshold amount is $25,500. iv. From January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, the threshold amount is $25,500. v. From January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, the threshold amount is $26,000. vi. From January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the threshold amount is $26,700. vii. From January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, the threshold amount is $27,200. viii. From January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the threshold amount is $27,200. ix. From January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, the threshold amount is $28,500. 4. Qualifying for exemption—in general. A transaction is exempt under § 226.43(b)(2) if the creditor makes an extension of credit at consummation that is equal to or below the threshold amount in effect at the time of consummation. 5. Qualifying for exemption—subsequent changes. A transaction does not meet the condition for an exemption under § 226.43(b)(2) merely because it is used to satisfy and replace an existing exempt loan, unless the amount of the new extension of credit is equal to or less than the applicable threshold amount. For example, assume a closed-end loan that qualified for a § 226.43(b)(2) exemption at consummation in year one is refinanced in year ten and that the new loan amount is greater than the threshold amount in effect in year ten. In these circumstances, the creditor must comply with all of the applicable requirements of § 226.43 with respect to the year ten transaction if the original loan is satisfied and replaced by the new loan, unless another exemption from the requirements of § 226.43 applies. See § 226.43(b) and (d)(7). * * * * * BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION Authority and Issuance For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Bureau amends Regulation Z, 12 CFR part 1026, as set forth below: PART 1026—TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z) 5. The authority citation for part 1026 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 2601, 2603–2605, 2607, 2609, 2617, 3353, 5511, 5512, 5532, 5581; 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 6. In Supplement I to part 1026, under Section 1026.35—Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans, paragraph 35(c)(2)(ii) is revised to read as follows: ■ Supplement I to Part 1026—Official Interpretations * * * * * Section 1026.35—Requirements for HigherPriced Mortgage Loans * * * * * lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 Paragraph 35(c)(2)(ii) 1. Threshold amount. For purposes of § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii), the threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount stated in comment 35(c)(2)(ii)–3 for that period. The threshold amount is adjusted effective January 1 of each year by any annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W) that was in effect on the preceding June 1. Comment 35(c)(2)(ii)–3 will be amended to provide the threshold amount for the upcoming year after the annual percentage change in the CPI–W that was in effect on June 1 becomes available. Any increase in the threshold amount will be rounded to the nearest $100 increment. For example, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $950 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. However, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W would result in a $949 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $900. 2. No increase in the CPI–W. If the CPI–W in effect on June 1 does not increase from the CPI–W in effect on June 1 of the previous year, the threshold amount effective the following January 1 through December 31 will not change from the previous year. When this occurs, for the years that follow, the threshold is calculated based on the annual percentage change in the CPI–W applied to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. i. Net increases. If the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is greater than the current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will increase accordingly. ii. Net decreases. If the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is equal to or less than the current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the following year will not change, but future increases will be calculated based on the amount that would have resulted. 3. Threshold. For purposes of § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii), the threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount stated below for that period. i. From January 18, 2014, through December 31, 2014, the threshold amount is $25,000. ii. From January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the threshold amount is $25,500. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:56 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 iii. From January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, the threshold amount is $25,500. iv. From January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, the threshold amount is $25,500. v. From January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, the threshold amount is $26,000. vi. From January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the threshold amount is $26,700. vii. From January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, the threshold amount is $27,200. viii. From January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the threshold amount is $27,200. ix. From January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, the threshold amount is $28,500. 4. Qualifying for exemption—in general. A transaction is exempt under § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) if the creditor makes an extension of credit at consummation that is equal to or below the threshold amount in effect at the time of consummation. 5. Qualifying for exemption—subsequent changes. A transaction does not meet the condition for an exemption under § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) merely because it is used to satisfy and replace an existing exempt loan, unless the amount of the new extension of credit is equal to or less than the applicable threshold amount. For example, assume a closed-end loan that qualified for a § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) exemption at consummation in year one is refinanced in year ten and that the new loan amount is greater than the threshold amount in effect in year ten. In these circumstances, the creditor must comply with all of the applicable requirements of § 1026.35(c) with respect to the year ten transaction if the original loan is satisfied and replaced by the new loan, unless another exemption from the requirements of § 1026.35(c) applies. See § 1026.35(c)(2) and (c)(4)(vii). * * * * * Michael J. Hsu, Acting Comptroller of the Currency. By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, acting through the Secretary of the Board under delegated authority. Ann Misback, Secretary of the Board. Laura Galban, Federal Register Liaison, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2021–25908 Filed 11–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P 6210–01–P 4810–AM–P PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 67847 FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 12 CFR Part 213 [Docket No. R–1756] RIN 7100–AG19 BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION 12 CFR Part 1013 Consumer Leasing (Regulation M) Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau). ACTION: Final rules, official interpretations and commentary. AGENCY: The Board and the Bureau are finalizing amendments to the official interpretations and commentary for the agencies’ regulations that implement the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amended the CLA by requiring that the dollar threshold for exempt consumer leases be adjusted annually by the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). Under regulations adopted by the Board and the Bureau, if there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, the Board and the Bureau will not adjust this exemption threshold from the prior year. However, in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage change in the CPI–W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. Based on the annual percentage increase in the CPI– W as of June 1, 2021, the exemption threshold will increase from $58,300 to $61,000 effective January 1, 2022. Because the Dodd-Frank Act also requires similar adjustments in the Truth in Lending Act’s threshold for exempt consumer credit transactions, the Board and the Bureau are making similar amendments to each of their respective regulations implementing the Truth in Lending Act elsewhere in the Rules section of this issue of the Federal Register. DATES: This final rule is effective January 1, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Board: Vivian W. Wong, Senior Counsel, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 227 (Tuesday, November 30, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

12 CFR Part 34

[Docket No. OCC-2021-0019]
RIN 1557-AF13

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

12 CFR Part 226

[Docket No. R-1758]
RIN 7100-AG21

BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION

12 CFR Part 1026


Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans Exemption Threshold

AGENCY: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (OCC); 
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

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System (Board); and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau).

ACTION: Final rules, official interpretations and commentary.

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SUMMARY: The OCC, the Board, and the Bureau are finalizing amendments 
to the official interpretations for their regulations that implement 
section 129H of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Section 129H of TILA 
establishes special appraisal requirements for ``higher-risk 
mortgages,'' termed ``higher-priced mortgage loans'' or ``HPMLs'' in 
the agencies' regulations. The OCC, the Board, the Bureau, the Federal 
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union 
Administration (NCUA), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) 
(collectively, the Agencies) jointly issued final rules implementing 
these requirements, effective January 18, 2014. The Agencies' rules 
exempted, among other loan types, transactions of $25,000 or less, and 
required that this loan amount be adjusted annually based on any annual 
percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners 
and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). If there is no annual percentage increase 
in the CPI-W, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau will not adjust this 
exemption threshold from the prior year. However, in years following a 
year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted, the threshold 
is calculated by applying the annual percentage increase in the CPI-W 
to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the 
decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI-W had been taken into 
account. Based on the CPI-W in effect as of June 1, 2021, the exemption 
threshold will increase from $27,200 to $28,500, effective January 1, 
2022.

DATES: This final rule is effective January 1, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OCC: MaryAnn Nash, Counsel, Chief 
Counsel's Office, (202) 649-6287; for persons who are deaf or hard of 
hearing TTY, (202) 649-5597. Board: Lorna M. Neill, Senior Counsel, 
Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System, at (202) 452-3667. Bureau: Lanique Eubanks, 
Senior Counsel, Office of Regulations, Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection, at (202) 435-7700. If you require this document in an 
alternative electronic format, please contact 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 
2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) amended TILA to add special appraisal 
requirements for ``higher-risk mortgages.'' \1\ In January 2013, the 
Agencies jointly issued a final rule implementing these requirements 
and adopted the term ``higher-priced mortgage loan'' (HPML) instead of 
``higher-risk mortgage'' (the January 2013 Final Rule).\2\ In July 
2013, the Agencies proposed additional exemptions from the January 2013 
Final Rule.\3\ In December 2013, the Agencies issued a supplemental 
final rule with additional exemptions from the January 2013 Final Rule 
(the December 2013 Supplemental Final Rule).\4\ Among other exemptions, 
the Agencies adopted an exemption from the new HPML appraisal rules for 
transactions of $25,000 or less, to be adjusted annually for inflation.
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    \1\ Public Law 111-203, section 1471, 124 Stat. 1376, 2185-87 
(2010), codified at TILA section 129H, 15 U.S.C. 1639h.
    \2\ 78 FR 10368 (Feb. 13, 2013).
    \3\ 78 FR 48548 (Aug. 8, 2013).
    \4\ 78 FR 78520 (Dec. 26, 2013).
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    The OCC's, Board's, and Bureau's versions of the January 2013 Final 
Rule and December 2013 Supplemental Final Rule and corresponding 
official interpretations are substantively identical. The FDIC, NCUA, 
and FHFA adopted the Bureau's version of the regulations under the 
January 2013 Final Rule and December 2013 Supplemental Final Rule.\5\
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    \5\ See NCUA: 12 CFR 722.3; FHFA: 12 CFR part 1222. Although the 
FDIC adopted the Bureau's version of the regulation, the FDIC did 
not issue its own regulation containing a cross-reference to the 
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    The OCC's, Board's, and Bureau's regulations,\6\ and their 
accompanying interpretations,\7\ provide that the exemption threshold 
for smaller loans will be adjusted effective January 1 of each year 
based on any annual percentage increase in the CPI-W that was in effect 
on the preceding June 1. Any increase in the threshold amount will be 
rounded to the nearest $100 increment. For example, if the annual 
percentage increase in the CPI-W would result in a $950 increase in the 
threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. 
However, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI-W would result in 
a $949 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be 
increased by $900. If there is no annual percentage increase in the 
CPI-W, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau will not adjust the threshold 
amounts from the prior year.\8\
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    \6\ 12 CFR 34.203(b)(2) (OCC); 12 CFR 226.43(b)(2) (Board); and 
12 CFR 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) (Bureau).
    \7\ 12 CFR part 34, appendix C to subpart G, comment 203(b)(2)-1 
(OCC); 12 CFR part 226, Supplement I, comment 43(b)(2)-1 (Board); 
and 12 CFR part 1026, Supplement I, comment 35(c)(2)(ii)-1 (Bureau).
    \8\ See 12 CFR part 34, appendix C to subpart G, comment 
203(b)(2)-1 and -2 (OCC); 12 CFR part 226, Supplement I, comment 
43(b)(2)-1 and -2 (Board); and 12 CFR part 1026, Supplement I, 
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    On November 30, 2016, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau published 
a final rule in the Federal Register to memorialize the calculation 
method used by the Agencies each year to adjust the exemption threshold 
to ensure that the values for the exemption threshold keep pace with 
the CPI-W (HPML Small Dollar Adjustment Calculation Rule).\9\ The HPML 
Small Dollar Adjustment Calculation Rule memorialized the policy that, 
if there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI-W, the OCC, Board, 
and Bureau will not adjust the exemption threshold from the prior year. 
The HPML Small Dollar Adjustment Calculation Rule also provided that, 
in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not 
adjusted because there was a decrease in the CPI-W from the previous 
year, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage 
change in the CPI-W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, 
after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the 
CPI-W had been taken into account. If the resulting amount calculated, 
after rounding, is greater than the current threshold, then the 
threshold effective January 1 the following year will increase 
accordingly; if the resulting amount calculated, after rounding, is 
equal to or less than the current threshold, then the threshold 
effective January 1 the following year will not change, but future 
increases will be calculated based on the amount that would have 
resulted, after rounding.
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II. 2022 Adjustment and Commentary Revision

    Effective January 1, 2022, the exemption threshold amount is 
increased from $27,200 to $28,500. This amount is based on the CPI-W in 
effect on June 1, 2021, which was reported on May 12, 2021 (based on 
April 2021 data).\10\ The CPI-W is a subset of the CPI-U index (based 
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consumers) and represents approximately 29 percent of the U.S. 
population. The CPI-W reported on May 12, 2021, reflects a 4.7 percent 
increase in the CPI-W from April 2020 to April 2021. Accordingly, the 
4.7 percent increase in the CPI-W from April 2020 to April 2021 results 
in an exemption threshold amount of $28,500, after rounding. The OCC, 
the Board, and the Bureau are revising the commentaries to their 
respective regulations to add new comments as follows:
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    \10\ The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates consumer-based 
indices for each month, but does not report those indices until the 
middle of the following month. As such, the most recently reported 
indices as of June 1, 2021 were reported on May 12, 2021, and 
reflect economic conditions in April 2021.
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     Comment 203(b)(2)-3.ix to 12 CFR part 34, Appendix C to 
Subpart G (OCC);
     Comment 43(b)(2)-3.ix to Supplement I of 12 CFR part 226 
(Board); and
     Comment 35(c)(2)(ii)-3.ix to Supplement I of 12 CFR part 
1026 (Bureau).
    These new comments state that, from January 1, 2022, through 
December 31, 2022, the threshold amount is $28,500. These revisions are 
effective January 1, 2022.

III. Regulatory Analysis

Administrative Procedure Act

    Under the Administrative Procedure Act, notice and opportunity for 
public comment are not required if the agency finds that notice and 
public comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the 
public interest.\11\ The amendments in this rule are technical and 
apply the method previously memorialized in the December 2013 
Supplemental Final Rule and the HPML Small Dollar Adjustment 
Calculation Rule. For these reasons, the OCC, the Board, and the Bureau 
have determined that publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and 
providing opportunity for public comment are unnecessary. Therefore, 
the amendments are adopted in final form.
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    \11\ 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B).
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Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) does not apply to a rulemaking 
where a general notice of proposed rulemaking is not required.\12\ As 
noted previously, the Agencies have determined that it is unnecessary 
to publish a general notice of proposed rulemaking for this final rule. 
Accordingly, the RFA's requirements relating to an initial and final 
regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply.
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    \12\ 5 U.S.C. 603(a), 604(a).
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Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,\13\ the 
Agencies reviewed this final rule. No collections of information 
pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act are contained in the final 
rule.
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    \13\ 44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR part 1320.
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Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The OCC analyzes proposed rules for the factors listed in Section 
202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, before promulgating a 
final rule for which a general notice of proposed rulemaking was 
published.\14\ As discussed above, the OCC has determined that the 
publication of a general notice of proposed rulemaking is unnecessary.
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Bureau Congressional Review Act Statement

    Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), 
the Bureau will submit a report containing this rule and other required 
information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and 
the Comptroller General of the United States prior to the rule taking 
effect. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has 
designated this rule as not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 
804(2).

Bureau Signing Authority

    The Associate Director of Research, Markets, and Regulations, Janis 
K. Pappalardo, having reviewed and approved this document, is 
delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to Laura 
Galban, Bureau Federal Register Liaison, for purposes of publication in 
the Federal Register.

List of Subjects

12 CFR Part 34

    Appraisal, Appraiser, Banks, Banking, Consumer protection, Credit, 
Mortgages, National banks, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Savings associations, Truth in lending.

12 CFR Part 226

    Advertising, Appraisal, Appraiser, Consumer protection, Credit, 
Federal Reserve System, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Truth 
in lending.

12 CFR Part 1026

    Advertising, Banks, banking, Consumer protection, Credit, Credit 
unions, Mortgages, National banks, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Savings associations, Truth-in-lending.

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the OCC amends 12 CFR 
part 34 as set forth below:

PART 34--REAL ESTATE LENDING AND APPRAISALS

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1. The authority citation for part 34 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  12 U.S.C. 1 et seq., 25b, 29, 93a, 371, 1462a, 1463, 
1464, 1465, 1701j-3, 1828(o), 3331 et seq., 5101 et seq., 
5412(b)(2)(B) and 15 U.S.C. 1639h.


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2. In Appendix C to Subpart G, under Section 34.203--Appraisals for 
Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans, paragraph 34.203(b)(2) is revised to read 
as follows:

Appendix C to Subpart G--OCC Interpretations

* * * * *
    Section 34.203--Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans
* * * * *

Paragraph 34.203(b)(2)

    1. Threshold amount. For purposes of Sec.  34.203(b)(2), the 
threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount 
stated in comment 203(b)(2)-3 for that period. The threshold amount 
is adjusted effective January 1 of each year by any annual 
percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) that was in effect on the 
preceding June 1. Comment 203(b)(2)-3 will be amended to provide the 
threshold amount for the upcoming year after the annual percentage 
change in the CPI-W that was in effect on June 1 becomes available. 
Any increase in the threshold amount will be rounded to the nearest 
$100 increment. For example, if the annual percentage increase in 
the CPI-W would result in a $950 increase in the threshold amount, 
the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. However, if the 
annual percentage increase in the CPI-W would result in a $949 
increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be 
increased by $900.
    2. No increase in the CPI-W. If the CPI-W in effect on June 1 
does not increase from the CPI-W in effect on June 1 of the previous 
year, the threshold amount effective the following January 1 through 
December 31 will not change from the previous year. When this 
occurs, for the years that follow, the threshold is calculated based 
on the annual percentage change in the CPI-W applied to the dollar 
amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if decreases and 
any subsequent increases in the CPI-W had been taken into account.
    i. Net increases. If the resulting amount calculated, after 
rounding, is greater than the

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current threshold, then the threshold effective January 1 the 
following year will increase accordingly.
    ii. Net decreases. If the resulting amount calculated, after 
rounding, is equal to or less than the current threshold, then the 
threshold effective January 1 the following year will not change, 
but future increases will be calculated based on the amount that 
would have resulted.
    3. Threshold. For purposes of Sec.  34.203(b)(2), the threshold 
amount in effect during a particular period is the amount stated 
below for that period.
    i. From January 18, 2014, through December 31, 2014, the 
threshold amount is $25,000.
    ii. From January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    iii. From January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    iv. From January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    v. From January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, the 
threshold amount is $26,000.
    vi. From January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the 
threshold amount is $26,700.
    vii. From January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, the 
threshold amount is $27,200.
    viii. From January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the 
threshold amount is $27,200.
    ix. From January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, the 
threshold amount is $28,500.
    4. Qualifying for exemption--in general. A transaction is exempt 
under Sec.  34.203(b)(2) if the creditor makes an extension of 
credit at consummation that is equal to or below the threshold 
amount in effect at the time of consummation.
    5. Qualifying for exemption--subsequent changes. A transaction 
does not meet the condition for an exemption under Sec.  
34.203(b)(2) merely because it is used to satisfy and replace an 
existing exempt loan, unless the amount of the new extension of 
credit is equal to or less than the applicable threshold amount. For 
example, assume a closed-end loan that qualified for a Sec.  
34.203(b)(2) exemption at consummation in year one is refinanced in 
year ten and that the new loan amount is greater than the threshold 
amount in effect in year ten. In these circumstances, the creditor 
must comply with all of the applicable requirements of Sec.  34.203 
with respect to the year ten transaction if the original loan is 
satisfied and replaced by the new loan, unless another exemption 
from the requirements of Sec.  34.203 applies. See Sec.  34.203(b) 
and (d)(7).
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

Authority and Issuance

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

    Authority:  12 U.S.C. 3806; 15 U.S.C. 1604, 1637(c)(5), 1639(l), 
and 1639h; Pub. L. 111-24, section 2, 123 Stat. 1734; Pub. L. 111-
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4. In Supplement I to part 226, under Section 226.43--Appraisals for 
Higher-Risk Mortgage Loans, paragraph 43(b)(2) is revised to read as 
follows:

Supplement I to Part 226--Official Staff Interpretations

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Section 226.43--Appraisals for Higher--Risk Mortgage Loans

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Paragraph 43(b)(2)

    1. Threshold amount. For purposes of Sec.  226.43(b)(2), the 
threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount 
stated in comment 43(b)(2)-3 for that period. The threshold amount 
is adjusted effective January 1 of each year by any annual 
percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) that was in effect on the 
preceding June 1. Comment 43(b)(2)-3 will be amended to provide the 
threshold amount for the upcoming year after the annual percentage 
change in the CPI-W that was in effect on June 1 becomes available. 
Any increase in the threshold amount will be rounded to the nearest 
$100 increment. For example, if the annual percentage increase in 
the CPI-W would result in a $950 increase in the threshold amount, 
the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. However, if the 
annual percentage increase in the CPI-W would result in a $949 
increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount will be 
increased by $900.
    2. No increase in the CPI-W. If the CPI-W in effect on June 1 
does not increase from the CPI-W in effect on June 1 of the previous 
year, the threshold amount effective the following January 1 through 
December 31 will not change from the previous year. When this 
occurs, for the years that follow, the threshold is calculated based 
on the annual percentage change in the CPI-W applied to the dollar 
amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if decreases and 
any subsequent increases in the CPI-W had been taken into account.
    i. Net increases. If the resulting amount calculated, after 
rounding, is greater than the current threshold, then the threshold 
effective January 1 the following year will increase accordingly.
    ii. Net decreases. If the resulting amount calculated, after 
rounding, is equal to or less than the current threshold, then the 
threshold effective January 1 the following year will not change, 
but future increases will be calculated based on the amount that 
would have resulted.
    3. Threshold. For purposes of Sec.  226.43(b)(2), the threshold 
amount in effect during a particular period is the amount stated 
below for that period.
    i. From January 18, 2014, through December 31, 2014, the 
threshold amount is $25,000.
    ii. From January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    iii. From January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    iv. From January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    v. From January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, the 
threshold amount is $26,000.
    vi. From January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the 
threshold amount is $26,700.
    vii. From January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, the 
threshold amount is $27,200.
    viii. From January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the 
threshold amount is $27,200.
    ix. From January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, the 
threshold amount is $28,500.
    4. Qualifying for exemption--in general. A transaction is exempt 
under Sec.  226.43(b)(2) if the creditor makes an extension of 
credit at consummation that is equal to or below the threshold 
amount in effect at the time of consummation.
    5. Qualifying for exemption--subsequent changes. A transaction 
does not meet the condition for an exemption under Sec.  
226.43(b)(2) merely because it is used to satisfy and replace an 
existing exempt loan, unless the amount of the new extension of 
credit is equal to or less than the applicable threshold amount. For 
example, assume a closed-end loan that qualified for a Sec.  
226.43(b)(2) exemption at consummation in year one is refinanced in 
year ten and that the new loan amount is greater than the threshold 
amount in effect in year ten. In these circumstances, the creditor 
must comply with all of the applicable requirements of Sec.  226.43 
with respect to the year ten transaction if the original loan is 
satisfied and replaced by the new loan, unless another exemption 
from the requirements of Sec.  226.43 applies. See Sec.  226.43(b) 
and (d)(7).
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BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION

Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Bureau amends 
Regulation Z, 12 CFR part 1026, as set forth below:

PART 1026--TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z)

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5. The authority citation for part 1026 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  12 U.S.C. 2601, 2603-2605, 2607, 2609, 2617, 3353, 
5511, 5512, 5532, 5581; 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.


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6. In Supplement I to part 1026, under Section 1026.35--Requirements 
for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans, paragraph 35(c)(2)(ii) is revised to 
read as follows:

Supplement I to Part 1026--Official Interpretations

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Section 1026.35--Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

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Paragraph 35(c)(2)(ii)

    1. Threshold amount. For purposes of Sec.  1026.35(c)(2)(ii), 
the threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the 
amount stated in comment 35(c)(2)(ii)-3 for that period. The 
threshold amount is adjusted effective January 1 of each year by any 
annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban 
Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) that was in effect on the 
preceding June 1. Comment 35(c)(2)(ii)-3 will be amended to provide 
the threshold amount for the upcoming year after the annual 
percentage change in the CPI-W that was in effect on June 1 becomes 
available. Any increase in the threshold amount will be rounded to 
the nearest $100 increment. For example, if the annual percentage 
increase in the CPI-W would result in a $950 increase in the 
threshold amount, the threshold amount will be increased by $1,000. 
However, if the annual percentage increase in the CPI-W would result 
in a $949 increase in the threshold amount, the threshold amount 
will be increased by $900.
    2. No increase in the CPI-W. If the CPI-W in effect on June 1 
does not increase from the CPI-W in effect on June 1 of the previous 
year, the threshold amount effective the following January 1 through 
December 31 will not change from the previous year. When this 
occurs, for the years that follow, the threshold is calculated based 
on the annual percentage change in the CPI-W applied to the dollar 
amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if decreases and 
any subsequent increases in the CPI-W had been taken into account.
    i. Net increases. If the resulting amount calculated, after 
rounding, is greater than the current threshold, then the threshold 
effective January 1 the following year will increase accordingly.
    ii. Net decreases. If the resulting amount calculated, after 
rounding, is equal to or less than the current threshold, then the 
threshold effective January 1 the following year will not change, 
but future increases will be calculated based on the amount that 
would have resulted.
    3. Threshold. For purposes of Sec.  1026.35(c)(2)(ii), the 
threshold amount in effect during a particular period is the amount 
stated below for that period.
    i. From January 18, 2014, through December 31, 2014, the 
threshold amount is $25,000.
    ii. From January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    iii. From January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    iv. From January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, the 
threshold amount is $25,500.
    v. From January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, the 
threshold amount is $26,000.
    vi. From January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the 
threshold amount is $26,700.
    vii. From January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, the 
threshold amount is $27,200.
    viii. From January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the 
threshold amount is $27,200.
    ix. From January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, the 
threshold amount is $28,500.
    4. Qualifying for exemption--in general. A transaction is exempt 
under Sec.  1026.35(c)(2)(ii) if the creditor makes an extension of 
credit at consummation that is equal to or below the threshold 
amount in effect at the time of consummation.
    5. Qualifying for exemption--subsequent changes. A transaction 
does not meet the condition for an exemption under Sec.  
1026.35(c)(2)(ii) merely because it is used to satisfy and replace 
an existing exempt loan, unless the amount of the new extension of 
credit is equal to or less than the applicable threshold amount. For 
example, assume a closed-end loan that qualified for a Sec.  
1026.35(c)(2)(ii) exemption at consummation in year one is 
refinanced in year ten and that the new loan amount is greater than 
the threshold amount in effect in year ten. In these circumstances, 
the creditor must comply with all of the applicable requirements of 
Sec.  1026.35(c) with respect to the year ten transaction if the 
original loan is satisfied and replaced by the new loan, unless 
another exemption from the requirements of Sec.  1026.35(c) applies. 
See Sec.  1026.35(c)(2) and (c)(4)(vii).
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Michael J. Hsu,
Acting Comptroller of the Currency.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, acting through the Secretary of the Board under delegated 
authority.
Ann Misback,
Secretary of the Board.
Laura Galban,
Federal Register Liaison, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
[FR Doc. 2021-25908 Filed 11-29-21; 8:45 am]
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