|A Depository Account includes any commercial current, savings, time or thrift account, or any account evidenced by a certificate of deposit, investment certificate, thrift certificate, certificate of indebtedness, or other similar instrument where cash is placed on deposit with an entity engaged in banking or similar business. Being engaged in banking or similar business is explained at AEIM100740.
A Depository Account does not have to be an interest bearing account.
A Depository Account will include a credit balance on a credit card, for example where a purchase has been refunded, provided the credit card has been issued by a credit card company engaged in banking or a similar business.
Credit cards will not be reportable as Depository Accounts if the credit card issuer meets the conditions to be a qualified credit card issuer and is, therefore, a Non-reporting Financial Institution. Similarly, where a financial institution does not satisfy the requirements to be a qualified credit card issuer, but accepts deposits when a customer makes payment in excess of a balance due with respect to a credit card or other revolving credit facility, it may still not have to report the account as a Depository Account if it qualifies as an Excluded Account.