Want to close your bank account? It could cost you as much as $55.
In a survey of the practices of the 10 largest banks in the country — including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank and Wells Fargo — policy and advocacy group Consumers Union found that people who want to close their accounts at big banks and switch to a smaller bank can face costly obstacles.
“Banks have added all sorts of fees on basic checking accounts, which has raised alarm bells,” said Suzanne Martindale, staff attorney for Consumers Union. “But when you hit breaking point and want to move your money, guess what you encounter: more fees.”
Consumers Union said none of the 10 banks will make a free same-day electronic transfer, and all charge for wire transfers or certified checks. Certified checks can cost up to $10 and wire transfers $30.
BB&T and Citibank charge a $25 fee if the account is closed within 90 days, while US Bank, HSBC, and PNC Bank charge customers a $25 fee to close an account that has been open for fewer than 180 days.