There are several ways your account can become overdrawn, such as (1) the payment of checks, electronic funds transfers or other withdrawal requests; (2) payments authorized by you (i.e. debit card at point of sale); (3) the return of unpaid items deposited by you; (4) bank service charges; or (5) the deposit of items which, according to the bank’s Funds Availability Policy, are treated as not yet available.
While we are not obligated to pay any item presented for payment if your account does not contain enough funds, as long as you maintain your account in “good standing,” we may approve your overdraft items within your unused Overdraft Privilege limit as a non-contractual courtesy. For Overdraft Privilege consideration, your account is in “good standing” if you (1) make sufficient deposits to bring your account to a positive end-of day balance at least once every 30 calendar days (including the payment of all bank fees and charges); (2) avoid excessive overdrafts suggesting the use of Overdraft Privilege as a continuing line of credit; and (3) have no legal orders, levies or liens against your account.
In the normal course of business, we generally pay electronic transactions first and then checks in serial number order, per the bank’s policy; however, checks are often converted to electronic transactions which may post to your account more quickly, affecting the order in which they post. In addition, we post incoming transactions in batch mode, so checks and other debits to your account may post before deposits and other credits. If there are insufficient funds in your account at the time a transaction posts, you will be charged for each item paid. We reserve the right to change the order of payment without notice to you if we suspect fraud or possible illegal activity affecting your account. Also, the order we pay your items may create multiple overdraft items during a single banking day and you will be charged our Overdraft Fee of $30 for each overdraft item paid. OakStar Bank will limit the number of Overdraft or Insufficient Funds Fees assessed to five (5) fees per day. Any item that creates an overdrawn balance of less than $5.00 in a checking account will not be assessed a fee.
You may opt-out of the privilege at any time, but you are responsible for any overdrawn balances at the time of opting out. Normally, we will not approve an overdraft for you in excess of the predetermined limit assigned to your account. So as not to exceed your limit, remember that the amount of the overdraft plus the bank’s Overdraft Fee of $30 per item will be deducted from the Overdraft Privilege limit.
We may refuse to pay an overdraft item at any time even though we may have previously paid overdrafts for you. For example, we typically do not pay overdraft items if your account is not in good standing as defined above, or, if based upon our review of your account management, we determine that you are using Overdraft Privilege excessively or seem to be using Overdraft Privilege as a regular line of credit. You will be charged an Insufficient Funds Fee of $30 for each item returned. Returned items may be presented for payment by the payee or their financial institution multiple times, which may result in multiple Insufficient Funds Fees.
We will notify you promptly of any non-sufficient fund items paid or returned; however, we have no obligation to notify you before we pay or return any item. The amount of any overdraft including our Overdraft Fee of $30 and/or an Insufficient Funds Fee of $30 that you owe us is due and payable upon demand even if we do not ask you for payment. You must repay us no later than 30 calendar days after the creation of the overdraft. If there is more than one owner on the account, each owner and agent, if applicable, shall be jointly and severally liable for all overdrafts including all fees charged.
Overdraft Privilege should not be viewed as an encouragement to overdraw your account. To avoid fees, we encourage you to manage your finances responsibly by keeping track of your account balance and reconciling it regularly. Balances provided do not include the Overdraft Privilege limit.
Your Overdraft Privilege limit may be available for each item created by checks and other transactions made using your checking account number, such as a teller withdrawal, an automatic payment (ACH) transaction, automatic bill payment, or recurring debit card payment.
If you request us to do so (opt-in), we may authorize ATM transfers or withdrawals and everyday debit card purchases by using your available balance and your Overdraft Privilege limit. Your balance at the time these transactions post will determine the overdraft status and the assessment of fees. Other transactions initiated by you, or a delay in processing authorized transactions by the merchant, may result in previously authorized transactions posting against an insufficient balance. A Overdraft Fee of $30 will be charged for each ATM or everyday debit card transaction that posts against insufficient funds.
For business accounts, ATM and debit card transactions will be handled as described above with no action required on your part.
Multiple paid items will result in multiple fees. For example, three paid items in one day will result in $90 in Overdraft Fees. To help you manage your account, the total fees you have paid for items (both paid and returned) during the current month and for the year-to-date will be reflected on your monthly checking statement.
If you would like to revoke your previous authorization for ATM and debit card transaction coverage, or have this service removed entirely from your account, please contact us at (417) 447-0535 or visit your local OakStar Bank.
LIMITATIONS: Overdraft Privilege is a non-contractual courtesy that is available to individually/jointly owned accounts in good standing for personal or business use. OakStar Bank reserves the right to limit participation to one account per household or business and to suspend, revoke, or discontinue this service without prior notice. If your limit is suspended, unless we notify you otherwise or you request this service be removed from your account, your limit will be made available to cover overdrafts again the first business day after you bring your account to a positive end-of-day balance.