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SAVINGS ACCOUNT AGREEMENTS AND DISCLOSURES
A. The Agreements
This document contains the Savings Account Agreement ("Savings Agreement") and the Automatic Savings Agreement (both agreements may in some instances be collectively referred to as the "Agreement") for the optional savings account ("Varo Savings Account") made available to eligible consumers by The Bancorp Bank, Wilmington, Delaware, member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") ("The Bancorp Bank," the "Bank," or "Issuer") on behalf of Varo Money Inc. ("Varo"). Varo is the program partner responsible for managing the Savings Account and its related demand deposit account ("Varo Bank Account"). "We," "our," and "us" refer to the Bank, our successors, affiliates, or assignees. "You" and "your" refer to the owner of the Savings Account.
The Varo Bank Account is the demand deposit account available from The Bancorp Bank. The optional Varo Savings Account, which is an interest-bearing savings account, is available to holders of the Varo Bank Account.
The holder of a Varo Bank Account may submit the request to open a Varo Savings Account through the Varo Mobile Application (the "Mobile App"). The Varo Savings Account is not designed for business use, and we may close the Varo Savings Account if we determine it is being used for business purposes. We may refuse to process any transaction(s) we believe may violate any of the terms of the Savings Agreement and/or the Automatic Savings Agreement.
Our business days are Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays, even if we are open. Any references to "days" found in the Savings Agreement and the Automatic Savings Agreement are calendar days unless indicated otherwise.
B. Savings Account Basics
A Varo Savings Account may only be owned and titled in the name of one (1) natural person who shall solely retain the right to direct the deposit or transfer of funds. The Varo Savings Account cannot be owned or titled jointly, by an organization, or as a payable on death (referred to as "POD") or an in trust for (referred to as "ITF") account.
You or your appointed party, designee, or appointed individual agree to notify us promptly if you become legally incapacitated, are deemed incompetent, or die. We will continue to accept deposits and process transaction instructions into and from the Varo Savings Account until we are: (a) notified of your death or adjudication of incompetency and (b) have a reasonable opportunity to act. You agree that even if we have knowledge of your death we may pay or process transactions involving the Varo Savings Account on or before the date of death for up to ten (10) days after that date unless ordered to stop by someone claiming interest in the Varo Savings Account. We may require additional documentation to confirm any claims made on the Varo Savings Account.
The Agreement and the deposit relationship do not create a fiduciary relationship.
C. General Rules Governing Savings Accounts
The Varo Savings Account and your obligations under the Savings Agreement may not be assigned. We may transfer our rights under the Savings Agreement. Use of the Varo Savings Account is subject to all applicable rules and customs of any clearinghouse or other association involved in transactions. We do not waive our rights by delaying or failing to exercise them at any time. If any provision of the Savings Agreement or the Automatic Savings Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable under any rule, law, or regulation of any governmental agency, local, state, or federal, the validity or enforceability of any other provision of the Agreements shall not be affected. The Agreements will be governed by the law of the State of Delaware except to the extent governed by federal law.
Note: If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed, or terminated for any reason, any direct deposits or ACH transfers received after the Varo Savings Account closure date will be rejected and returned to the originator.
See paragraph 2. Transaction Limitations in Section D for additional information about deposits.
You may withdraw funds from the Varo Savings Account by transferring funds to your Varo Bank Account using the Mobile App (such transfers are referred to as “Online Transfers”) or by calling a Customer Service agent.
Federal regulations limit the number of transfers from the Varo Savings Account to six (6) per statement cycle. Any transfers initiated from the Varo Savings Account to the Varo Bank Account after the sixth transfer using the Mobile App or by calling a Customer Service agent will be blocked until the start of the next statement cycle. At the beginning of the next statement cycle, access to funds transfers from the Varo Savings Account will be restored to six (6) for that cycle. We reserve the right to require 7 days written notice before you withdraw money from your Varo Savings Account.
The Varo Savings Account number cannot be used for preauthorized direct debits ("ACH Debits") from merchants, Internet service or other utility service providers. If presented for payment, ACH Debits will be declined.
If you do not meet the Qualifying Conditions, or you met the Qualifying Conditions and did not opt in to the No Fee Overdraft Program, and your Varo Bank Account balance remains negative for fifteen (15) days, we can use the funds in any of your accounts with us to repay the negative balance of the Varo Bank Account. The Qualifying Conditions appear in the Addendum to the Varo Bank Account: Terms & Conditions for No Fee Overdraft Program ("Addendum"). The Addendum appears on our website and in the Legal Agreements section of our iOS and Android mobile applications.
This means we have the right to set-off any liability, direct or contingent, past, present or future that you owe against any account you have with us. Further, you grant us a lien on and security interest in the funds on deposit in each of your account(s) as security for all of your liabilities and obligations to us, now or in the future. We will notify you by email if we have exercised our right to set off.
If the Bank's monitoring of the account detects activity which is believed to be prohibited by the Bank and/or by law, the account funds will be subject to a hold pending review of the activity by the Bank and/or Varo. The Bank and/or Varo may require you and other parties to the activity to produce documents and/or other materials evidencing the validity of the activity Funds on deposit in any account are subject to the hold at the Bank's discretion until the source of such funds and/or the activity is properly verified.
If legal action such as a garnishment, levy or other state or federal legal process ("Legal Process") is brought against the Varo Savings Account, we may refuse to permit (or may limit) transfers from it until the Legal Process is satisfied or dismissed. Regardless of the terms of such garnishment, levy, or other state or federal process, we have first claim to any and all funds in your Varo Savings Account. We will not contest on your behalf any such Legal Process and may take action to comply with such Legal Process as we determine to be appropriate in the circumstances without liability to you, even if any funds we may be required to pay out leaves insufficient funds for a transfer you have authorized. Payment is made after satisfying any fees, charges or other debts owed to us. You agree that you are responsible for any expenses, including legal expenses and fees we incur due to any Legal Process affecting your Varo Savings Account. We may charge these expenses to your Varo Savings Account. You will indemnify us for any losses if we do this.
A Varo Savings Account with a zero balance or no customer initiated activity for nine continuous (9) months is considered inactive and is subject to closure. Customer initiated activity includes any one-time transfers you make to or from the Varo Savings Account using the Varo Mobile App ("Online Transfers") and Automated Clearing House ("ACH") direct deposit transfers initiated from an outside financial institution. For additional details about closing the Varo Savings Account, see paragraph 6. Amendment and Cancellation in Section D.
Electronic statements are available to view and download in the Mobile App. Varo Savings Account statements are considered correct. Carefully review your statement each statement cycle and notify us of any errors within sixty (60) days of your statement becoming available. You also have a right to obtain a sixty (60) day history of your Varo Savings Account transactions by calling 1-800-827-6526, sending an email to [email protected], or by writing to P.O. Box 71337, Salt Lake City, UT 84171. You will not automatically receive paper statements.
Federal law requires us to have a correct Social Security Number (SSN) for every account, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to certify to us whether you are subject to backup withholding. If you are subject to backup withholding, you do not furnish us with the correct SSN, you do not properly certify that you are not subject to backup withholding, or if the IRS notifies us that we do not have a correct SSN for your account, we may close the account. Amounts withheld are reported to the IRS as federal income tax withheld, and will be reflected on your year-end 1099-INT Interest Income Statement.
D. TRUTH IN SAVINGS DISCLOSURES
There is no minimum deposit requirement to open a Varo Savings Account. While there are no minimum or maximum balance requirements to open the account, a Varo Savings Account with a zero balance for nine (9) continuous months will be subject to closure. See paragraph 6. Amendment and Cancellation in Section D below for additional details.
Deposits to the Varo Savings Account may be made by making one-time Online Transfers from your Varo Bank Account by using the Mobile App, by direct deposits or ACH transfers initiated from an outside financial institution, and if you are participating, through use of the Automatic Savings feature. These are the transfer limits:
|Transaction Type||Frequency and/or Dollar Limits|
|Automatic Savings transfers from Varo Bank Account to the Varo Savings Account||No limit to the number of times per calendar day.||Online transfer from Varo Bank Account to the Varo Savings Account||No limit to the number of times per calendar day and no maximum dollar limit||Direct deposit by ACH transfer initiated from an outside financial institution*||No limit to the number of times per calendar day and no maximum dollar limit|
*Direct deposits from an outside financial institution: The recipient's name on any such deposits must match the name of the Varo account holder. Any such deposits received in a name other than the name registered to the Varo Bank Account will be returned to the originator.
Withdrawals from the Varo Savings Account may only be made by making an online transfer from the Varo Savings Account to your Varo Bank Account, or by calling a Customer Service agent. Federal regulations limit the number of transfers from the Varo Savings Account to six (6) per statement cycle. Any transfers initiated from the Varo Savings Account to the Varo Bank Account after the sixth transfer via the Mobile App or Customer Service agent will be blocked until the start of the next statement cycle. At the beginning of the next statement cycle, access to transfers from the Varo Savings Account will be restored to six (6) for that cycle.
The Varo Savings Account is a tiered variable rate account: the rate tier that applies to the account each day is based upon the daily balance of your Varo Savings Account AND whether you meet two additional conditions associated with the Varo Bank Account. Your daily balance is determined as of 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time on each calendar day.
The current Interest Rates and Annual Percentage Yields, the daily balance requirements, and the additional conditions appear below.
The current Interest Rates and Annual Percentage Yields may change at our discretion. Interest begins to accrue no later than the business day the deposit is applied to the Varo Savings Account. Interest will be compounded daily and credited monthly.
|If the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account is $50,000 or less and both Additional Conditions are met the premium rate tier applies:||If the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account exceeds $50,000, or both Additional Conditions are not met the standard rate tier applies:|
|Annual Percentage Yield||2.80%||1.61%|
When the Varo Savings Account is opened, the standard rate tier applies.
IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE PREMIUM RATE TIER, you must meet BOTH of these requirements a) the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account must be $50,000 or less: and b) you must meet both Additional Conditions during the Statement Period.
Effective May 1, 2020: IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE PREMIUM RATE TIER, you must meet BOTH of these requirements a) the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account must be $10,000 or less: and b) you must meet both Additional Conditions during the Statement Period.
The daily balance of the Varo Savings Account and Varo Bank Account activity will be assessed at the end of each calendar day to determine whether you have met or continue to meet both the daily balance requirement and the Additional Conditions in order to qualify for the premium rate tier.
Qualifying Direct Deposit. A direct deposit made by Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfer consisting of payroll, pension, or government benefit payments from an employer or a government agency. The recipient's name associated with such deposits must match the name of the Varo Bank Account or Savings Account holder. Payroll transfers made to the Varo Visa Debit Card via Visa Direct, from Uber, Lyft, DailyPay, Doordash, and Postmates are also considered Qualifying Direct Deposits.
Qualifying Direct Deposits do not include, without limitation, the following:
Qualifying Debit Card Purchase. An authorization to purchase goods or services made through use of the Varo Visa® Debit Card.
Qualifying Debit Card Purchases do not include, without limitation, the following:
Statement Period. 12:00:00 AM Mountain Time on the first day of the calendar month through 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time on the last day of the calendar month.
Additional Conditions. To qualify for the premium rate tier, the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account must be $50,000 or less (this limit is changing to $10,000 or less on May 1, 2020) and these two (2) Additional Conditions must be met during a Statement Period: at least five (5) Qualifying Purchases must be made with the Varo Visa Debit Card and the Varo Bank Account or Varo Savings Account must receive at least $1,000.00 in Qualifying Direct Deposits.
How it works
Going from standard to premium interest rate tier:
If you are earning the standard interest rate and the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account is $50,000 or less (this limit is changing to $10,000 or less on May 1, 2020) at the end of the calendar day and you met the Additional Conditions, you start accruing interest at the premium rate the next calendar day.
Going from premium to standard interest rate tier:
If you are earning the premium interest rate and the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account exceeds $50,000 (this limit is changing to $10,000 on May 1, 2020) at the end of the calendar day, you start accruing interest at the standard rate the next calendar day, regardless of whether you continue to meet the Additional Conditions.
Maintaining the premium interest rate tier:
If you meet the Additional Conditions during a Statement Period, you are deemed to have met the Additional Conditions for the remainder of the Statement Period in which you initially met the Additional Conditions and for the entirety of the immediately following Statement Period. However, you must always meet the $50,000 or less (this limit is changing to $10,000 or less on May 1, 2020) Varo Savings Account daily balance requirement in order to earn, or maintain, the premium interest rate.
Examples of how it works
If you meet the Additional Conditions on June 5, and the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account is $50,000 or less (this limit is changing to $10,000 or less on May 1, 2020), you start earning the premium rate on June 6. You continue to qualify for the premium rate through the end of the June Statement Period and the entire July Statement Period, so long as the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account does not exceed $50,000 during the June Statement Period.
If however, the daily balance of the Varo Savings Account exceeds $50,000 (this limit is changing to $10,000 on May 1, 2020) on June 19, you will start earning the standard rate on June 20, regardless of whether you continue to meet the Additional Conditions.
We use the daily balance method to determine which interest rate applies and then to calculate the interest on your Varo Savings Account. This method applies a daily periodic rate to the principal and interest that has been accrued to the account each day. The daily periodic rate is calculated by dividing the interest rate by three hundred sixty-five (365) days, or three hundred sixty-six (366) in leap years. There are no minimum balance requirements to open the account or to avoid the imposition of any fees for the Varo Savings Account, See the Rate Information Section above for the daily balance requirements for each rate tier. Your daily balance is determined as of 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time on each calendar day.
All online transfers are completed electronically. You will have immediate availability to your funds once they are transferred from the Varo Savings Account to your Varo Bank Account.
We may amend or change the terms and conditions of any Agreement at any time by posting the amended Agreement on www.varomoney.com, and any such amendment shall be effective upon such posting to that website. Current Agreements are available at www.varomoney.com. You will be notified of any change in the manner provided by applicable law prior to the effective date of the change. However, if the change is made for security purposes, we can implement such change without prior notice. We may cancel or suspend your Varo Savings Account or the Agreement at any time. You may cancel the Agreement by calling 1-800-VARO-526 (1-800-827-6526) to close your Varo Savings Account. Your termination of the Agreement will not affect any of our rights or your obligations arising under the Agreement prior to termination.
If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed or terminated for any reason, any remaining balance will be transferred to your Varo Bank Account. If your Varo Savings Account is closed prior to the end of the statement cycle, any accrued interest earned for that statement cycle will be forfeited.
Note: If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed, or terminated for any reason, any direct deposits or ACH transfers received after the Varo Savings Account closure date will be rejected and returned to the originator.
Important: If your Varo Bank Account is closed for any reason, the Varo Savings Account will automatically be closed. Upon closure, any remaining funds in the Varo Savings Account, including any interest payments due to you, will be aggregated with the remaining funds in your Varo Bank Account. The aggregated funds will then be made available for refund in accordance with the terms of the Varo Bank Account Agreement paragraph 10. "Amendment and Cancellation" found in Section C where we describe the process of closing the Varo Bank Account and refunding the account balance.
If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed or terminated for any reason any remaining balance will be transferred to your Varo Bank Account. You will be ineligible to request a new Varo Savings Account until ninety (90) days have lapsed following the day the prior Varo Savings Account was closed. If your Varo Savings Account is closed prior to the end of a statement cycle, any accrued interest earned for that statement cycle will be forfeited. Only one active Varo Savings Account is allowed per customer.
If we do not properly complete a transaction between your Varo Savings Account and your Varo Bank Account on time or in the correct amount according to this Agreement with you, we will be liable for your losses or damages. However, there are some exceptions. We will not be liable, for instance:
We may disclose information to third parties about your Varo Savings Account or the transactions you make:
If you believe your Varo Savings Account number has been lost, stolen, or compromised in any way, or someone has transferred or may transfer money from your Varo Savings Account without your permission, contact us immediately by calling 1-800-827-6526, or writing to PO Box 71337, Salt Lake City, UT 84171 or emailing us at [email protected]. While the nature and frequency of transactions into and out of your Varo Savings Account are described in this Agreement, please see Section II, "ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER DISCLOSURE AND SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS" of the Varo Bank Account Agreement where your liability for unauthorized transfers from the Varo Bank Account is explained.
Customer Service agents are available to answer your calls:
Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 9 PM Eastern Time (excluding Federal holidays)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM to 7 PM Eastern Time (excluding Federal holidays).
A list of holidays observed by the Federal Reserve can be found at www.frbservices.org.
From time to time we may monitor and/or record telephone calls between you and us to assure the quality of our member service team or as required by applicable law.
Any claim, dispute, or controversy ("Claim") arising out of or relating in any way to: i) the Agreement; ii) the Savings Account; iii) your establishment of the Savings Account; iv) your use of the Savings Account; v) the amount of available funds in the Savings Account; vi) advertisements, promotions or oral or written statements related to the Savings Account; vii) the benefits and services related to the Savings Account; or viii) transactions made using the Savings Account, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, shall be FINALLY and EXCLUSIVELY resolved by binding individual arbitration conducted by the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") under its Consumer Arbitration Rules. This arbitration agreement is made pursuant to a transaction involving interstate commerce, and shall be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (9 U.S.C. 1-16).
We will pay the initial filing fee to commence arbitration and any arbitration hearing that you attend shall take place in the federal judicial district of your residence.
ARBITRATION OF YOUR CLAIM IS MANDATORY AND BINDING. NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO LITIGATE THAT CLAIM THROUGH A COURT. IN ARBITRATION, NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL OR TO ENGAGE IN DISCOVERY, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE AAA CODE OF PROCEDURE.
For a copy of the procedures, to file a Claim or for other information about this organization, contact the association at: AAA, 335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, or at www.adr.org.
All determinations as to the scope, interpretation, enforceability and validity of the Agreement shall be made final exclusively by the arbitrator, which award shall be binding and final. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.
NO CLASS ACTION, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION OR JOINDER OR CONSOLIDATION OF ANY CLAIM WITH A CLAIM OF ANOTHER PERSON OR CLASS OF CLAIMANTS SHALL BE ALLOWABLE.
This arbitration provision shall survive: i) the termination of the Agreement; ii) the bankruptcy of any party; iii) any transfer, sale or assignment of your Savings Account, or any amounts owed on your Savings Account, to any other person or entity; or iv) closing of the Savings Account. If any portion of this arbitration provision is deemed invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in force.
IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, CALL 1-800-VARO-526 (1-800-827-6526) TO CLOSE THE VARO SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND REQUEST A REFUND, IF APPLICABLE.
E. AUTOMATIC SAVINGS AGREEMENT
You must have an open and active Varo Bank Account and Varo Savings Account to be eligible to enroll in one or both of the automatic savings features described in paragraph 3 below ("How it Works"). We and/or Varo reserve the right to cancel or modify Automatic Savings, or terminate your eligibility, at any time with or without prior notice.
You may activate or disable Automatic Savings at any time in the Varo Mobile App or by emailing Varo Customer Service at [email protected], or by calling 1-800-526-VARO (1-800-827-6526).
The following Automatic Savings features are offered:
IMPORTANT: Instant transfers made by payors using your 16-digit Varo Visa Debit Card number are not qualifying transactions for Save Your Pay.
The timing of each Automatic Savings deposit or transfer to the Varo Savings Account varies based on what type of qualifying transaction occurred:
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