Reminder - Fee increases effective June 1, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved several bankruptcy related fee increases at its March 2014 session.  These fee increases will take effect starting June 1, 2014.

The fee for filing a complaint will increase to $350, except:

• If the trustee or debtor-in-possession files the complaint, the fee must be paid only by the estate, to the extent there is an estate.

• This fee must not be charged if –

 the debtor is the plaintiff; or

a child support creditor or representative files the

complaint and submits the form required by § 304(g) of

the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994.

The Administrative fee for new bankruptcy cases and for filing a motion to divide a bankruptcy case is currently $46 across all bankruptcy case types.  Beginning in June, the fee will differ based on chapter using the following breakdown:

• For filing a petition under Chapter 7, 12, or 13, $75

            Overall chapter 7 filing fee becomes $335

            Overall chapter 12 filing fee becomes $275

            Overall chapter 13 filing fee becomes $310

• For filing a petition under Chapter 9, 11, or 15, $550.

            Overall chapter 9, 11 and 15 filing fee becomes $1717

• When a motion to divide a joint case under Chapter 7, 12, or 13 is filed, $75.

            Overall fees match fees for new case filings under these chapters

• When a motion to divide a joint case under Chapter 11 is filed, $550.

            Overall fees match the fees for filing new cases under these chapters

Please note that official forms B3A (application to pay filing fee in installments), B3B (application to have the chapter 7 filing fee waived) and B201A (Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor) are also revised since all three forms reference filing fee amounts.  The revised forms will be available from the official forms web site (www.uscourts.gov/FormsAndFees/Forms/BankruptcyForms.aspx) and may be part of your bankruptcy software package as well.  Work with your software vendor to insure you are using the latest version of your software application on June 1st to reflect form changes.

For question regarding this fee, please contact the court toll free at 866-291-6805 or via email web_ntp@nmcourt.fed.us