Update 2/17/22: Deal is back and valid until December 31, 2022 Christopher Robin
Update 8/23/21: Available in FL as well. Hat tip to Snowbird
Offer at a glance
- Maximum bonus amount: $300
- Availability: IL, WI & FL [Branch locator]
- Direct deposit required: No
- Additional requirements: See below
- Hard/soft pull: Soft pull
- ChexSystems: Unknown
- Credit card funding: Unknown
- Monthly fees: $15, avoidable
- Early account termination fee:
- Household limit: None listed
- Expiration date:
June 30th, 2019 December 31, 2020December 31, 2021
Direct link to offer | St. Charles Bank (IL) or Town Bank (WI) or Lake Forest Bank (FL)
- Receive a sign up bonus of $300 when you open a new Entrepreneur checking account and complete the following requirements:
- Deposit and maintain $1,500 or more in new money
- Complete 5 qualifying transactions
- Enroll in online banking and activate eStatements
The Fine Print
- This Entrepreneur Checking account bonus offer is not available to existing or closed checking account customers of Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC) and its subsidiaries or its active employees.
- Limit 1 bonus payment per customer, regardless of the number of accounts opened.
- If you qualify for this Entrepreneur Checking account bonus offer, you are ineligible to receive this Entrepreneur Checking account bonus offer from any other WTFC location.
- If you qualify for any other WTFC savings offer it may be combined with this Entrepreneur Checking account bonus offer.
- Your new account must be open, in the same product, and have a balance greater than zero to receive the bonus payment.
- If you are a sole proprietorship or a single member LLC, the $300.00 bonus payment is subject to IRS 1099-INT reporting and may be considered income for tax purposes for the tax year in which the bonus was paid.
- All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them
This account has a $15 monthly fee, this is waived if you have an average daily balance of $1,500
Early Account Termination Fee
I wasn’t able to find a full fee schedule so I’m unsure if there is any early account termination fee or not.
Looks like a relatively easy bonus to meet the requirements for. Assuming it’s a soft pull like the other WinTrust bank brands I do think this is worth doing if you live near a branch. I’ll likely add this to our list of the best checking account bonuses once we’ve confirm it’s a soft pull to open the account.
Hat tip to reader Matthew R
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