This Customer Support Ruling
determines whether two computer-generated “interest statements”
contain “personal information” and are mailable only at First-Class
Mail or Express Mail rates.
This ruling pertains
to the classification of two computer generated forms that are
prepared by a bank.
One form shows the
message "Listed below is the interest paid on your loan account at
our bank," an account number, amount of the interest paid, and the
customer's name and address. The other form, which is identified as
1099-INT ("Statement for Recipients of Interest Income - 1988"),
shows the name of the bank, recipient's identifying number, the
amount of interest earned, and the customer's name and address.
(DMM) 233.2.3*, prescribes that matter
containing personal information must
be mailed as First-Class Mail (or Express Mail). Personal
information is any information specific to the addressee.
The forms, each of
which is intended for a specific individual with information showing
the interest paid on a loan account or the amount of interest
earned, contain “personal information" and are, therefore, subject
to the First-Class
Mail or Express Mail
rate of postage.
See also DMM 133.3,
333.2, and 433.2.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436