Changes to Fees Effective November 21, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2012 (Pub.L. No. 112-121) was signed into law by the President on May 25, 2012. This law includes a provision that increases the fee for filing a bankruptcy case under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. This fee increase will take effect on November 21, 2012, 180 days from date of enactment. For Chapter 11 cases filed on or after that date, the statutory filing fee will increase to $1,167. The total fee for filing a Chapter 11 case will increase to $1,213 (statutory fee of $1,167 plus the administrative fee of $46).

The Judicial Conference recently increased three miscellaneous fees that are derived from the Chapter 11 filing fee: the fee for splitting a joint Chapter 11 case, the fee for reopening a Chapter 11 case, and the fee for filing a Chapter 15 case. The new amount for each of these fees will be $1,167, and these fee increases will also take effect on November 21, 2012. In addition, the fee for filing a Chapter 9 case will increase to $1,167. The total fee for filing a Chapter 9 case will increase to $1,213 (statutory fee of $1,167 plus the administrative fee of $46). The fees for converting a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13 to a Chapter 11 will also increase to $1,167, the fee for converting a Chapter 7 to a Chapter 11 will increase to $922. The fee for converting a Chapter 13 to a Chapter 11 will increase to $932.