WHAT IS A CREDIT UNION?

A credit union is a financial institution. Similar to other financial institutions, a credit union can offer a wide range of products and services such as savings (regular shares), checking, certificates of deposits (share term certificates), loan products, and much more. Other than the name of the products, there is not much of a difference between products by a credit union and a bank. So, what makes a credit union different from other financial institutions?

A Defined Field of Membership


A credit union has a field of membership and not everyone can simply walk up and open an account. CalCom Federal Credit Union's field of membership includes those from select employee group and individuals who have made a donation to Downey Rose Float Foundation. You may also be sponsored by a family member or household member who is already a member of the Credit Union. Select Employee Groups: 24Hr Homecare LLC Astoria / G&E Healthcare Inc. Arroyo Verde Medical Group Bally Total Fitness Beach Reporter Briarwood Fasteners Inc. Catholic Healthcare West of Southern California California Hospital Medical Center Community Hospital of San Bernardino St. Bernardine Medical Center Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center Northridge Hospital Medical Center St. Mary Medical Center City of South Gate Daily Breeze Newspaper DeKing Screw Products El Segundo Unified School District Facey Medical Group GEM Healthcare, LLC Haskel Inc. HealthCare Partners Medical Group JLM Strategic Talent Partners Employees Kreiger Deburring La Salle Alumni Association of Southern California Los Feliz Gardens Metric Machining Nautilus International Holding Corporation Optimist Club of South Gate PacifiCare Health Systems Pacific Skies Aviation, LLC Employees and Students Palos Verdes News Partners in Care Foundation Physican Associates of the Greater San Gabriel Valley Professional Finishing Systems Prospect Manor Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro Medical Center Torrance Outpatient Centers Post-Acute Facilities Remo Inc. Regency Park Westwood, Inc. San Gabriel Valley Medical Center South Gate City Police Department Southern California Orthopedics Institute The Sullivan Group of Court Reporters Torrance Rose Float Members Transworld Shipping Employees Trinity Care UnitedHealth Group Valley Presbyterian Hospital VNA Care, Inc.




Member Owned, Not-for-Profit


A credit union is a cooperative wherein its members are its owners. The general membership is represented by an elected board of directors who are members themselves and serves without compensation for their time. Each member, regardless of their balances on their accounts, gets to cast one vote and are eligible to be nominated as a director. Unlike for-profit financial institutions the main focus of a credit union as an institution is not for profit. Its main focus is to ensure its financial stability and sustain its growth to continually provide financial products and services to its members. In the process of doing business the credit union does make a profit, however a credit union's profit does not go into the pocket of shareholders or select individuals. It goes back to the credit union in the form of capital to further its stability as an institution, to new products and services, or back to the general membership in the form of higher dividends, lower loan rates, and lower fees.




Credit Union Tax Exemption


As a CalCom Federal Credit Union member, you can take advantage of lower rates, higher savings dividends, and low or no fees. Such benefits are available to members, in part, because Congress granted credit unions a long-standing exemption from taxation, and with good reason. Not-for-profit credit unions return profits to members, and are led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who are not compensated for their services. Credit unions also help the financially under-served, including members with below-average incomes, or those with limited or damaged credit. Banks, however, earn billions in profit from customers of their choosing, and pass those profits on to stockholders.




Why Credit Union Tax Exemption is Fair


The American Bankers' Association claims that the tax exemption gives credit unions an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hurts banks. But statistics tell a different story: Federally insured credit unions had $662.4 billion in assets as of March 31, 2005. FDIC-insured institutions held over $10.2 Trillion in assets, and last year these institutions grew by an amount that exceeds the total assets of all credit unions combined. Additionally, the growth of not-for-profit credit unions is a direct result of keeping our promise to serve the financially under-served.




Credit Union Tax Exemption Broad Support


Historically, credit unions have had broad support from Congress. In fact, Congress reaffirmed the tax exemption status of credit unions in 1998. However, led by the Bankers' Association, a subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee met last November with the sole intention of reviewing the credit unions' tax exempt status. For now, no recommendation has been made. But if our tax-exemption were revoked, our not-for-profit status and your credit union advantage would be in jeopardy. As in all financial matters that affects you, we will keep you informed about this issue and work hard to protect your interests. A credit union is a financial institution. Similar to other financial institution, a credit union can offer a wide range of products and services such as savings (regular shares), checking (share draft), certificates of deposits (share term certificates), loan products, and much more. Other than the name of the products, there is not much of a difference between products by a credit union and a bank. So, what makes a credit union different from other financial institutions?





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