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1)   What is a Financial Review?
In short - American Express occasionally freezes the credit card accounts of individuals with high-risk patterns, or for new account holders.
They request a lot of personal information, such as IRS tax returns, bank statements, letters from Banks ect…

Let’s break it down into 2 different types of Financial Reviews
A)   Mini Financial Review
B)   Financial Review

A)   Mini Financial Review

(please fill in info) This form of financial review, is usually a short process, it could be as short as one phone call. American Express might feel a need to verify your finances for whatever reason, and they could call you to verify information. Your accounts could be suspended from using until you get in touch with them, typically they will restore your accounts after a simple phone call.

B)   Financial Review
This type of Financial Review is very common. It often happens when opening a new account for the first time, usually if you are opening a Charge Card, or a Business Card or if on a new account you start off will a lot of high spending.
American Express will suspend your account/s, they will not remove the suspension until the review is over, which takes around 2 weeks.

If you cannot provide the required information, shut down your account right away.

2)   Triggers

Look below for a list of triggers and links.
 
3)   What will happen?
Your accounts will get suspended. You will be able to log in online, and see account activity, but you will get a message that charging is suspended.

They will contact you via phone and email. Once you get in touch with them, (typically) you will be assigned a specific representative to work on your case.

The will require mainly IRS Tax returns. The point of a Financial Review is to verify your income. They may also require Back statements, a letter from a Bank to verify your address, and other documents. People have reported that they did survive a Financial Review with just bank statements.

As long as you could provide the documents they request you will be fine, they might lower your credit lines, but you should be able keep your account open. Even as low as a $6000 tax return people have been able to survive a Financial Review.

In cases of a Financial Review after opening a Business Card, you will need proof of Business income.

If you cannot provide the required information, shut down your account right away.

As long as you could provide the documents they request you will be fine, they might lower your credit lines, but you should be able keep your account open. Even as low as a $6000 tax return people have been able to survive a Financial Review.

4)   What Steps Should I take?

Get in touch with Amex as soon as you could. Send in the request inform promptly. You will have a rep that will be working with you, and telling you what documents are needed. 4506-t is a transcript request from the IRS for you last tax return. You will need to fill out this form, fax it to Amex, it will take them 24-48 hours until they receive this form, they will request the tax return from the IRS that could take about a week.

Important: you only have 2 attempts to send them the fax, if they reject it after 2 attempts you will get shut down. You don't get more than 2 attempts. (source)
You may be able to get 3 attempts if you ask for a manager.

You need to be on top of it, if you don’t follow thru, they could shut your accounts down.


5)   What to do if American Express closed your accounts?

Once American Express closes your accounts, the only way to get back on is if you have the required information needed to pass a Financial Review. They will require you to request a 4506 form from the IRS (which will cost you $57) before they even approve any of your future applications.


To start you may want to read up here:

F/R triggers:
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Credit line of $25k or more
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1438.msg10906#msg10906

Family member receiving FR can cause other family members to get Fr'ed as well
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=6223.msg74003#msg74003 http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg24759#msg24759

Living at same address as someone who was FR'ed
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg77046#msg77046

Using majority of CL
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=7526.msg87716#msg87716

Large cash advance
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=5908.msg82906#msg82906

Nothing...
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2723.msg30062#msg30062

Changing name on business card
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3589.msg38101#msg38101

Mint purchases
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=146.msg22932#msg22932

Amex Gift Card Purchases
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2422.msg26670#msg26670
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg40106#msg40106

Unusual spending
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg7627#msg7627
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3710.msg39597#msg39597

Amazon payments (possibly)
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3657.msg88656#msg88656
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3524.msg42436#msg42436

Using close to reported income
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/2537

Logging in online too much (!)
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg13741#msg13741

Prepaying
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1712.msg13732#msg13732
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3710.msg39725#msg39725

Adding Cardholders (many?)
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8.msg49318#msg49318

Refunds exceeding total payments made on the card since it was opened
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8.msg845606#msg845606
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Though not exactly F/R, it's worth mentioning that Amex takes returned payments very seriously.
They often shut all accounts without going through the F/R process.

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8190 on: April 03, 2019, 12:55:14 PM »
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I've been shut down by amex in the past and have gotten back in 6 months later
What was the process like? any special doc. required, or like a reg. application?

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8191 on: April 03, 2019, 12:56:39 PM »
What was the process like? any special doc. required, or like a reg. application?
They ask for the same 1040 form that they require for FR
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8192 on: April 03, 2019, 12:58:46 PM »
They ask for the same 1040 form that they require for FR
were you shut down due to not submitting the doc in the first place?
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8193 on: April 03, 2019, 01:00:09 PM »
where you shut down due to not submitting the doc in the first place?
No. I sent in docs. but was still shut down.
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8194 on: April 03, 2019, 01:01:02 PM »
They ask for the same 1040 form that they require for FR
*4506-T
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8195 on: April 03, 2019, 01:01:24 PM »
No. I sent in docs. but was still shut down.
Interesting, if for some reason they didnt like what they saw in thise doc. why would they approve you based on those same doc.?

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8196 on: April 03, 2019, 01:01:50 PM »
I don't think that's true
its not true.
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8197 on: April 03, 2019, 01:03:15 PM »
Interesting, if for some reason they didnt like what they saw in thise doc. why would they approve you based on those same doc.?
Because approval process is different, welcome to amex.
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8198 on: April 03, 2019, 01:39:26 PM »
They ask for the same 1040 form that they require for FR
I was told that if you want to apply at a later date and had never submitted the form, then you have to pay like $60 in order to get that form.

In addition,  if I cancel the account myself, I won't need any form when applying later on.

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8199 on: April 03, 2019, 01:44:39 PM »
I was told that if you want to apply at a later date and had never submitted the form, then you have to pay like $60 in order to get that form.

In addition,  if I cancel the account myself, I won't need any form when applying later on.
Both statements are not true.
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8200 on: April 03, 2019, 02:05:49 PM »
Both statements are not true.
correct, both are 100% false.
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8201 on: April 03, 2019, 02:15:32 PM »
Both statements are not true.
good to know.

So what is true?
 if I cancel the account myself, I will still need a form when applying later on?

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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8202 on: April 03, 2019, 02:27:42 PM »
good to know.

So what is true?
 if I cancel the account myself, I will still need a form when applying later on?
Yes, your app will get canceled automatically after a few days and you'll have to send in the 4506-T to get approved.
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8203 on: April 03, 2019, 02:51:35 PM »
Yes, your app will get canceled automatically after a few days and you'll have to send in the 4506-T to get approved.
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Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« Reply #8204 on: April 03, 2019, 02:59:33 PM »
Yes, your app will get canceled automatically after a few days and you'll have to send in the 4506-T to get approved.
thanks.

This is contrary to what ppl reported earlier. Have things changed recently or were earlier reports wrong?