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FDIC provides relief from audit, reporting requirements triggered by stimulus-related asset growth

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On October 20, the FDIC issued an interim final rule providing regulatory relief to insured depository institutions (IDIs) that have experienced significant, but temporary, asset growth due to government stimulus efforts. Previously, an IDI would be subject to annual independent audit and reporting requirements in any fiscal year in which its assets at the start of the year were $500 million or more. The interim rule permits IDIs to determine if they are subject to these requirements for fiscal years ending in 2021 based on their consolidated total assets as of December 31, 2019, or as of the beginning of their fiscal years ending in 2021, whichever is less. However, the rules also permit the FDIC to require IDIs to comply with the audit and reporting requirements if asset growth was related to a merger or acquisition. The rule will remain in effect through December 31, 2020, unless extended.