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Commercial Lending

Bankers helped small businesses bridge through to the economic recovery. Now they’re looking at how to help those that may have been left behind—and support a new wave of small business formation.


The Internal Revenue Service today urged all individuals and families who have not yet filed their 2019 or 2020 tax returns to do so as soon as possible so that those who are eligible may begin receiving the expanded Child Tax Credit payments, which were authorized by the American Rescue Plan and which will begin to be distributed on July 15.


Given the strong performance of banks throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn, regulators should not need to employ “ad hoc and roughly improvised limitations” on the restrictions of capital distributions going forward, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles said in remarks at an industry event today.

Compliance and Risk

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday updated its technical assistance question and answer document to confirm that a bank or other employer may offer an incentive to employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. If the employer is administering the vaccine, the incentive may not be “so substantial as to be coercive.”

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