Reinvestment Alert #12: Federal Electronic Funds Transfer and Low-Income Consumers

Marva Williams

This Alert is a call to action for community organizations and others concerned about the impact of electronic funds transfer (EFT) on low-income households. It provides a summary of regulations proposed by the Treasury Department and recommendations on how they can be improved. An analysis of electronic benefits transfer (EBT) in Illinois demonstrates why currency exchanges should be prohibited from serving as EFT access points.