WASHINGTON (12/31/09)—As of Jan. 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ceiling on allowable charges under Section 612 Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) drop to $10.50, down from the $11 ceiling this year. Section 612 of the FCRA covers when a consumer has a right to get a free credit report and 612(f) addresses the cost that a credit bureau can charge a consumer for a credit report that it doesn't have to give for free. Since 1996, the FTC has been required to increase an $8 figure referred in the law on Jan. 1 each year to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (``CPI''). According to the FTC, the CPI increased 33.98% between the 1997 FCRA effective date and September 2009. “This increase in the CPI, and the requirement that any increase be rounded to the nearest fifty cents, results in a maximum allowable charge of $10.50 effective January 1, 2010,” the FTC noted in it Federal Register document published Wednesday. Use the resource link below for more.