OVERDRAFT PROTECTION AND OVERDRAFT PRIVILEGE
Gibsland Bank & Trust Bank understands that unexpected overdrafts occur from time to time – Overdraft Coverage can help.
The choice is yours. Consider these ways to cover overdrafts:
Overdraft Protection applies to all transactions and may help prevent overdrafts by automatically transferring funds to your checking account from another account you may have at Gibsland Bank & Trust for a fee.
Overdraft Privilege allows you to overdraw your account up to the disclosed limit for a fee to pay a transaction. Even if you have Overdraft Protection, Overdraft Privilege is still available as secondary coverage if the other protection source is exhausted. Please review What Else You Should Know for other important information.
You can discontinue Overdraft Privilege in its entirety by contacting us at (318) 843-1136 or sending us an email at [email protected].
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT OVERDRAFT PRIVILEGE?
You can request to discontinue the Overdraft Privilege service in its entirety at any time by contacting us at (318) 843-1136 or sending us an email at [email protected]. Without Overdraft Privilege, your insufficient funds items will be returned to the payee and/or declined at the point of purchase, unless you have Overdraft Protection available to cover the item(s). You will be charged the standard Return Item Fee of $35.95 for all returned items.
WHAT IF I WANT GIBSLAND BANK & TRUST BANK TO PAY MY ATM AND EVERYDAY DEBIT CARD OVERDRAFTS (EXTENDED COVERAGE)?
If you want us to authorize and pay overdrafts caused by ATM and everyday debit card transactions (Extended Coverage), tell us by using one of the methods below.
- Call us at (318) 843-1136
- Visit one of our convenient branch locations
- Complete the Consent Form, which is also available at any branch, and mail it to us at P.O. Box 180 Gibsland, LA 71028
- Email us at [email protected]
NOTE: Business accounts automatically have access to Overdraft Privilege for ATM and everyday debit card transactions (Extended Coverage).
WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW
- A link to another account may be less expensive than an overdraft. A single larger overdraft will result in one fee, instead of multiple smaller overdrafts. Use our mobile, internet, and telephone banking services to track your balance. For financial education resources, please visit mymoney.gov.
- The $35.95 Overdraft Charge that is charged if you overdraw your account is the same fee that is charged if an item is returned as unpaid. Gibsland Bank & Trust will charge a reduced Overdraft Charge of $10 if the item that overdrafts the account is $10 or less. If multiple items overdraw your account on the same day, each item will be assessed an appropriate Overdraft Charge or a NSF Charge of $35.95 for items more than $10 and an Overdraft Charge or a NSF Charge of $10 for items less than $10. All fees and charges will be included as part of the Overdraft Privilege limit amount. Your account may become overdrawn more than the Overdraft Privilege limit amount because of a fee.
- For consumer accounts, there is a limit of 6 Overdraft Charges ($215.70) per day we will charge. These exceptions do not apply to business accounts.
- Recipients of federal or state benefits payments who do not wish us to deduct the amount overdrawn and the Overdraft Charge from funds that you deposit or that are deposited into your account may call us at (318) 843-1136 to discontinue Overdraft Privilege.
- If an item is returned because the Available Balance (as defined below) in your account is not sufficient to cover the item and the item is presented for payment again, Gibsland Bank & Trust (“We”) will charge a NSF Charge each time we return the item because it exceeds the Available Balance in your account. Because we may charge a NSF Charge each time an item is presented, we may charge you more than one fee for any given item as a result of a returned item and re-presentment of the item. When we charge a NSF Charge, the charge reduces the Available Balance in your account and may put your account into (or further into) overdraft. If, on re-presentment of the item, the Available Balance in your account is sufficient to cover the item we may pay the item, and, if payment causes an overdraft, charge an Overdraft Charge. We may use the terms “item” and “transaction” interchangeably.
- Everyday debit card transactions (time-stamp order), Fees and other miscellaneous items, Force-paid items from prior day processing (time-stamp order), Outgoing wire transfers, Cash withdrawals through a branch, Over-the-counter items (serial number order), In-clearing checks (serial number order), Cash withdrawals through an ATM, Point-of-Sale transactions (time-stamp order), Recurring debit card transactions (time-stamp order), ACH Debits in order of presentment, Automatic Debit Transactions. Holds on funds (described herein) and the order in which transactions are posted may impact the total amount of Overdraft Charges or NSF Charges assessed.
- Overdraft Privilege is not a line of credit; it is a discretionary overdraft service that can be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.
- Depositor and each Authorized Signatory will continue to be liable, jointly and severally, for all overdraft and fee amounts, as described in the Deposit Account Agreement and Disclosure. The total (negative) balance, including all fees and charges, is due and payable upon demand.
- We may be obligated to pay some debit card transactions that are not authorized through the payment system but which we are required to pay due to the payment system rules, and as a result you may incur fees if such transactions overdraw your account. However, we will not authorize debit card or ATM transactions unless your account’s Available Balance (including Overdraft Coverage Options) is sufficient to cover the transactions and any fee(s).
- Giving us your consent to pay everyday debit card and ATM overdrafts on your consumer account (Extended Coverage) may result in you incurring Overdraft Charges for transactions that we would otherwise be required to pay without assessing an Overdraft Charge. However, this would allow us to authorize transactions up to the amount of your Overdraft Privilege If you consent to Extended Coverage on your consumer account, it will remain on your account until it is otherwise withdrawn.
Understanding your Available Balance: Your account has two kinds of balances: the Ledger Balance and the Available Balance.
- We authorize and pay transactions using the Available Balance.
- Your Ledger Balance reflects the full amount of all deposits to your account as well as payment transactions that have been posted to your account. It does not reflect checks you have written and are still outstanding or transactions that have been authorized but are still pending.
- Your Available Balance is the amount available to you to use for purchases, withdrawals, or to cover transactions. The Available Balance is your Ledger Balance, less any holds due to pending debit card transactions and holds on deposited funds.
- The balance used for authorizing checks, ACH items, and recurring debit card transactions is your Available Balance plus the amount of the Overdraft Privilege limit and any available Overdraft Protection.
- The balance used for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with Standard Coverage is your Available Balance plus any available Overdraft Protection but does NOT include the Overdraft Privilege
- The balance used for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with Extended Coverage is your Available Balance plus any available Overdraft Protection and includes the Overdraft Privilege
- Because your Available Balance reflects pending transactions and debit holds, your balance may appear to cover a transaction but later upon settlement it may not be sufficient to cover such transaction. In such cases, the transaction may further overdraw your account and be subject to additional overdraft fees. You should assume that any item which would overdraw your account based on your Available Balance may create an overdraft. Note that we may place a hold on deposited funds in accordance with our Deposit Account Agreement and Disclosure, which will reduce the amount in your Available Balance.
- Please be aware that the Overdraft Privilege amount is not included in your Available Balance provided through online banking, mobile banking or Gibsland Bank & Trust ’s
- We will place a hold on your account for any authorized debit card transaction until the transaction settles (usually within two business days) or as permitted by payment system rules. In some cases, the hold may exceed the amount of the transaction. When the hold ends, the funds will be added to the Available Balance in your account. If your account is overdrawn after the held funds are added to the Available Balance and the transaction is posted to the Available Balance, an Overdraft Charge may be assessed.
- Except as described herein, we will not pay items if the Available Balance in your account (including the Overdraft Privilege limit, if applicable) is not sufficient to cover the item(s) and the amount of any fee(s).
- We may also suspend your debit card if we are unable to contact you due to an incorrect mailing address phone number(s). You must contact us with your correct mailing address and/or phone number(s) to have your debit card reinstated.
- If your debit card is suspended, you will be unable to use your debit card for purchases or to access your account at the ATM, and if you use your debit card for recurring payments, e.g., utilities, you are responsible to make other arrangements for your recurring debit payment(s).
Understanding Overdraft Privilege Limits
- New consumer and business checking accounts will receive a $100 Introductory Overdraft Privilege limit at account opening that will be increased to $750 after 35 days in good standing for consumer accounts or to $1,000 after 35 days in good standing for business accounts.
- Overdraft Privilege may be reduced if you default on any loan or other obligation to us, your account becomes subject to any legal or administrative order or levy, or if you fail to maintain your account in good standing by not bringing your account to a positive balance within 32 days for a minimum of one business day. You must bring your account balance positive for at least one business day to have the full Overdraft Privilege limit
If you have any questions about Overdraft Protection or Overdraft Privilege, please call us at (318) 843-1136 or visit a branch.