Tennessee - 5/3/2017
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State Law Changes
Governor Haslam signed SB 256 on April 24, 2017 increasing the maximum interest rate associated with the Industrial Loan Act. The Bill amended Sec. 45-5-301 of the Tennessee Code Annotated and changed the maximum interest structure from a single 24% to a melded rate structure representing a significant increase. The change was effective upon the Governor’s signature on April 24th.
The new maximum interest rate structure for loans where the total amount of the loan is $100 or more:
- 36% per annum up to $2,500 of principal plus,
- 30% of the excess up to $5,000 plus,
- 24% of the remainder.
- Loans where the total amount of loan is less than $100 continue to have a maximum rate of 7.5% discount with a maximum equivalent of 18% simple per annum.
- Open-end loans continue to have a maximum effective rate of 24% per annum.
SB 256 amended the interest portion of total charges associated with the Industrial Loan Act. The 4% service charge and tiered maintenance fee remain intact.
The alternative interest rates in Sec. 45-5-403(b)(1) structured as an acquisition fee and tiered monthly account handling charge also remain intact.
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Posted on May 03, 2017