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F ederal reserve bank of DALLAS, TEXAS Dallas 75222 Circular No. 73-221 August 31, 1973 INTERPRETATION OF REGULATION Z (Add-on and Discount Finance Charges as Prepaid Finance Charges) To All Banks and Others Concerned in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued on August 23, 1973, the attached interpretation of its Truth in Lending Regulation Z, clarifying the treatment of prepaid finance charges in credit transactions. The interpretation states that the typical "add-on" or "discount” charge or other precomputed finance charge on an instalment contract or other obligation need not be labeled a "prepaid" finance charge. Yours very truly, P. E. Coldwell, President Attachment This publication was digitized and made available by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Historical Library (FedHistory@dal.frb.org) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM TRUTH IN LENDING IN T E R PR E T A T IO N OF R E G U L A T IO N Z SECTION 226.819 — PREPAID FIN A N C E CHARGES; A DD -O N S A N D DISCOUNTS (a) Sections 2 2 6 .8 ( c ) ( 6 ) , 2 2 6 .8 (d )(2 ) and 2 2 6 .8 (e )( 1 ) require that certain finance charges be disclosed as “prepaid finance charges.” They also require that such prepaid finance charges be excluded or deducted from the credit extended in arriving at the “amount financed.” The question arises whether add-on, discount or other precom puted finance charges which are reflected in the face amount of the debt instrument as part of the customer’s obligation, but which are excluded from the “amount financed,” must be labeled as “prepaid” finance charges. (b) The concept of prepaid finance charges was adopted to insure that the “amount financed” reflected only that credit of which the customer had the actual use. Precomputed finance charges which are included in the face amount of the obligation are not the type contemplated by the “prepaid” finance charge disclosure concept. A l though such precomputed finance charges are not to be included in the “amount financed,” they need not be regarded as finance charges “paid separately” or “withheld by the creditor from the proceeds of the credit extended” within the mean ing of § 22 6.8(e) to require labeling “prepaid” under §§ 2 2 6 .8 (c )( 6 ) and 2 2 6 .8 (d )( 2 ). They are “finance charges”, of course, to be disclosed under §§ 2 2 6 .8 (c )( 8 ) and 2 2 6 .8 (d )( 3 ). * 8 /2 3 /7 3 * * * *