FULL RECOURSE PROMISSORY NOTE $150,000.00 January 24, 2000 Walnut Creek, California FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the sufficiency of which is acknowledged hereby, William G. Barton ("Maker"), an individual, promises to pay Tier Technologies, Inc., a California corporation ("Holder"), or order, at 1350 Treat Boulevard, Suite 250, Walnut Creek, California or such other place as Holder may from time to time designate, in lawful money of the United States, the principal sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00), as set forth below. 1. Interest. No interest shall accrue provided the entire principal sum -------- is repaid within one year of the date of this Note. In the event that the entire principal sum has not been repaid within one year, interest on the principal sum of this Note shall accrue at the rate of 6% per annum, compounded annually, based on a 365-day year and the actual number of days elapsed. 2. Payments. Maker and Holder agree that Holder will deduct from Maker's -------- bimonthly paycheck the entirety of his after-tax earnings beginning with the February 7, 2000 paycheck and continuing uninterrupted until the principal has been repaid in full. If any portion of Maker's payroll earnings are deposited directly into a bank or other account, Maker agrees to cancel such direct deposit(s) immediately. Maker and Holder agree that if Maker's employment with Holder terminates for any reason before this Note is completely repaid, Maker personally guarantees the outstanding principal and shall repay the balance immediately. Holder agrees that any balance due will be paid first out of any final wages or other payments due under Holder's employment agreement. 3. Prepayment. This Note may be prepaid in whole or in part, at any ---------- time, without penalty or premium. 4. Default and Remedies. -------------------- a. Default. Maker will be in default under this Note if (i) Maker ------- fails to take any necessary steps to enable Holder to deduct payments from his after-tax 2 <PAGE> earnings, including cancellation of direct deposit, or (ii) Maker breaches any other covenant or agreement under this Note. b. Remedies. Upon Maker's default, Holder may (i) upon fifteen (15) -------- days' written notice to Maker, declare the entire principal sum and all accrued and unpaid interest hereunder immediately due and payable and (ii) exercise any and all remedies provided under applicable law. Maker accepts and agrees that this Note is a full recourse Note and that Holder may exercise any and all remedies available to it under law. 5. Waivers. Maker, and any endorsers or guarantors hereof, severally ------- waive diligence, presentment, protest and demand and also notice of dishonor of this Note, and expressly agrees that this Note, or any payment hereunder, may be extended from time to time without notice, all without in any way affecting the liability of Maker or any endorsers or guarantors hereof. No extension of time for the payment of this Note, or any installment hereof, agreed to by Holder with any person now or hereafter liable for the payment of this Note, shall affect the original liability of Maker under this Note, even if Maker is not a party to such agreement. Holder may waive its right to require performance of or compliance with any term, covenant or condition of this Note only by express written waiver. 7. Miscellaneous. ------------- a. Maker shall pay all costs, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs incurred by Holder in collecting the sums due hereunder, whether or not any legal action is actually filed, litigated or prosecuted to judgment or award. In the event of any action or legal proceeding concerning this Note or the enforcement of any rights hereunder, Holder shall be entitled to, in addition to any other relief to which Holder may be entitled, all legal and court costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by Holder in connection with such action. b. This Note may be modified only by a written agreement executed by Maker and Holder. c. This Note shall be governed by California law. d. The terms of this Note shall inure to the benefit of and bind Maker and Holder and their respective heirs, legal representatives and successors and assigns. e. Time is of the essence with respect to all matters set forth in this Note. 2 <PAGE> f. If this Note is destroyed, lost or stolen, Maker will deliver a new Note to Holder on the same terms and conditions as this Note, with a notation of the unpaid principal and accrued and unpaid interest in substitution of the prior Note. Holder shall furnish to Maker reasonable evidence that the Note was destroyed, lost or stolen and any security or indemnity that may be reasonably required by Maker in connection with the replacement of this Note. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Maker has executed this Note as of the date and year first above written. Maker: /s/ William G. Barton -------------------------- William G. Barton APPROVED: Holder: /s/ Laura B. DePole -------------------------- Tier Technologies, Inc. By: Laura B. DePole, CFO -------------------------- Print Name and Title cc: Human Resources Accounting 3
Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.