SEC Fees Payment Options

Here are several methods of remitting filing fees to the SEC. Payment option availability will differ according to selection.

Important

Each filer should use its CIK number as its account number to provide for electronic transfer of funds. The CIK number must be supplied with the payment to permit proper assignment of funds.

Account Balance & Activity

Filers can view their account balance and the amount of most recent deposit, via the EDGAR Filing Website.

The account balance may include any offsets used to pay for fees, as well as possible refunds and deposits. Additionally, filers can view their account activity statement for the previous 12 months, one month at a time.

NOTE: The account information may take up to 24 hours from the date and time of the last transaction to display updated information on the Balance Information page.

View Account Balance and Amount of Last Deposit

Once you have logged into EDGAR and accessed the Retrieve/Edit Company and Submission Data page, you can view your balance information and amount of last deposit.

  1. Click the ‘Retrieve Balance Information’ link. The Balance Information page opens displaying the CIK, account balance, and last deposit information for the filer.
  2. View the account balance in the Account Balance field.
  3. View the date and amount of the last deposit in the Date of Last Deposit and Amount of Last Deposit fields.

View Account Activity Statement

Once you have logged into EDGAR and accessed the Retrieve/Edit Company and Submission Data page, you can view your account activity statement for the previous 12 months, one month at a time:

  1. Click the ‘View Account Activity Statement’ link. The View Account Activity Statement page opens
  2. Select the statement period of the account activity statement from the Statement Period field. You can select the period that you want to view from one of the 12 previous statement periods.
  3. Click the [Submit Request] button. The account activity statement for the selected period displays on the Account Activity Statement page.

SEC Fee Payment Options

Select your payee/debtor type below.

Payment option availability will differ according to selection.

Payee/Debtor Type:
Filing Fee Registrants

The Filing Fees Branch is responsible for validating and collecting fees pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 13(e) and 14(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Fees are generally associated with companies registering securities or debt, tender offers, and merger/acquisition transactions. For more information, please visit the Filing Fees Branch.

Any bank or wire transfer service may initiate wire transfers of filing fee payments through the Fedwire system to US Bank, the US Treasury designated financial agent for SEC filing fee payments. The hours of operation at US Bank are 8:30am to 6:30pm EST for wires. To ensure proper credit and prompt filing acceptance, it is critical to include:

  • The payor’s SEC-assigned CIK (Central Index Key)
  • And the US Treasury account number designated for SEC filers, which must be obtained by:
  • Log into EDGAR
  • Select “Fees” on the left navigation bar
  • Reference Fed Tag {4200}

If a wire transfer of SEC filing fees does not contain the required information in the proper format, the SEC may not be able to identify the payor and the acceptance of the filing may be delayed. A Filing Fee FEDWIRE Payment Template is available here .

Filers must login to EDGAR first to access Pay.gov and make ACH, credit card, or debit card filing fee payments. ACH payments generally take 1-3 business days to process and to be reflected in EDGAR. Credit card and debit card payments are expected to be available within 15 minutes, but may take up to 24 hours before being reflected in EDGAR. Filers should time their payments and filings accordingly.

To initiate an ACH, credit card, or debit card filing fee payment:

  1. Access the EDGAR Filing Website and login or submit a Form ID to request access.
  2. Click the “Submit Filing Fee Payment” link on the left navigation menu.
  3. Enter data in the following required fields, in the proper format:
    • The Payor’s SEC-assigned CIK (Central Index Key)
    • Payor CCC
    • Payment Amount
    • Name
    • Email
    • Phone
  4. Filers will then be redirected to https://pay.gov to provide payment details and submit payment. Filers will be returned to EDGAR once they have submitted payment on pay.gov.

Filing fee payments must be submitted during EDGAR operating hours (6 am – 10 pm ET, Monday–Friday except federal holidays), and payments attempted outside of those hours will not be accepted.

Please ensure filing fee payments are within the payment limits noted below for each payment type:

  • ACH: $1 – $99,999,999.99 per transaction
  • Credit Card: $1 – $24,999.99 daily and per filing fee payment
  • Debit Card: $1 – $99,999,999.99 or available funds, whichever is lower
Effective May 31, 2022, checks or money orders are no longer accepted for filing fee payments. Any check or money order received on or after this date will be returned to filers without further processing, and filers will have to submit payments using an alternate payment method prior to submitting a filing that requires fees to be paid.

Enforcement Debtors

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement investigates and brings civil charges in Federal district court or in administrative proceedings based on violations of the Federal securities laws. An integral part of the program’s function is to seek penalties and the disgorgement of ill-gotten gains in order to return funds to harmed investors. For more information please visit Division of Enforcement.

Fedwire instructions can be obtained by either contacting the SEC Division of Enforcement Staff Attorney associated with your case or the Enforcement Treasury Operations Branch in the Office of Financial Management at:

Disgorgement-Penalty@sec.gov

202-551-7940

Enforcement Debtors can make payments using Pay.gov ONLY where the judgment/order directs payment submission to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Payments directed to the Courts or other third party entities cannot be accepted through this payment portal.

Currently ONLY the Bank account (ACH) option is available to Enforcement Debtors, other payment options including credit/debit card payments are not available at this time.

Proceed to: SEC Enforcement Collections

When sending a check or money order, it should be made payable to the Securities and Exchange Commission and mailed to the following address:

Enterprise Services Center
Accounts Receivable Branch
6500 South MacArthur Blvd
HQ Bldg, Room 181, AMZ-341
Oklahoma City, OK 73169
Certification Requestors

Certified copies of records or documents may be requested using the Certified Document Request Form. For more information on public documents, please visit Records and Information.

Fedwire instructions may be obtain by contacting Enforcement Treasury Operations Branch in the Office of Financial Management at:

Disgorgement-Penalty@sec.gov

202-551-7940

To use Pay.gov please proceed to: SEC FOIA Collections

When sending a check or money order, it should be made payable to the Securities and Exchange Commission and mailed to the following address:

Enterprise Services Center
Accounts Receivable Branch
6500 South MacArthur Blvd
HQ Bldg, Room 181, AMZ-341
Oklahoma City, OK 73169
FOIA Requestors

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which can be found in Title 5 of the United States Code, section 552, was enacted in 1966 and provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. The Securities and Exchange Commission charges fees to those who request information under FOIA to cover the costs associated with fulfilling the request. For more details, please visit The Office of FOIA Services.

At this time, the Fedwire payment option is unavailable to FOIA Requestors.

To use Pay.gov please proceed to: SEC FOIA Collections

When sending a check or money order, it should be made payable to the Securities and Exchange Commission and mailed to the following address:

Enterprise Services Center
Accounts Receivable Branch
6500 South MacArthur Blvd
HQ Bldg, Room 181, AMZ-341
Oklahoma City, OK 73169
Non-Federal Sponsors/Foreign Authorities

Participation by SEC members and staff in external meetings serves the public interests since it allows the staff to present and/or clarify the SEC’s position on matters that affect its work, to foster a clear understanding of applicable laws, and to provide the agency with an understanding of industry practices or conditions.

Title 31 U.S.C. 1353 grants the SEC authority to accept non-federal source travel reimbursement for attendance to meetings or similar functions.

Fedwire instructions may be obtain by contacting Enforcement Treasury Operations Branch in the Office of Financial Management at:

Disgorgement-Penalty@sec.gov

202-551-7940

To use Pay.gov please proceed to: SEC Host Pay Collections

When sending a check or money order, it should be made payable to the Securities and Exchange Commission and mailed to the following address:

Enterprise Services Center
Accounts Receivable Branch
6500 South MacArthur Blvd
HQ Bldg, Room 181, AMZ-341
Oklahoma City, OK 73169
Self-Regulatory Organizations (SRO)

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 31, Transaction Fees requires each national securities exchange and national securities association, SRO, to pay the SEC a fee based on the aggregate dollar amount of certain sales of securities.

Fedwire instructions may be obtain by contacting Enforcement Treasury Operations Branch in the Office of Financial Management at:

Disgorgement-Penalty@sec.gov

202-551-7940

At this time, the Pay.gov option is unavailable to Self-Regulatory Organizations.

At this time, the Check/Money Order option is unavailable to Self-Regulatory Organizations.

Request a Refund

Filers can request a return of unused account funds via the EDGAR Filing Website for various reasons.

Once you have logged into EDGAR and accessed the Retrieve/Edit Company and Submission Data page, you can request for a return of unused funds:

  1. Click the ‘Request Return of Unused Funds’ link. The ‘Select the Method of Payment’ page should display.
  2. Select whether you would like a return of your unused funds in the form of a check payment or a wire transfer.
  3. Click the [Submit] button. The ‘Request Return of Unused Funds’ page displays.
  4. Enter either your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number in the corresponding fields. Ensure that the format of your SSN is DDD-DD-DDDD or your TIN is DD-DDDDDDD, where D is a digit.
  5. Enter the amount (in dollars) to be refunded in the Amount of Request in US Dollars field.
  6. Justify your request by selecting from the options given. If you select “Other”, then provide a description in the text box provided.
  7. Enter the e-mail address (up to three) of anyone else that you want to notify if the request for refund has been accepted or rejected. An e-mail address must be in the standard e-mail format and include one “@” and at least one “.” after the “@”.
  8. If necessary, you may update the Contact Name and Phone Number for this return of unused funds request.
    • Note: The Contact Name, Phone Number, CIK, Company or Individual name, and Mailing Address are pre-populated. However, only the Contact Name and Phone Number fields are editable for this request. Changes made to the Contact Name and the Phone Number on the request will not update the information stored in the EDGAR company database. To make a permanent change to the Contact Name, Phone Number, or other information maintained in EDGAR (e.g., name, mailing address, contact information, e-mail address), use the ‘Edit Company Information’ link available on the Request Return of Unused Funds page.
  9. Provide the following additional details if you selected ‘Wire Transfer’ as the method of payment:
    • Name of the institution: Enter the name of the institution.
    • 9-digit routing number (ACH ABA#): Enter the 9 digit routing number in the format DDDDDDDDD where D represents a digit.
    • Depositor’s Account Number: Enter the account number of the depositor.
    • Type of Account: Specify the type of account, whether it is a savings or a checking account.
  10. Click the [Submit Request] button on the ‘Request Return of Unused Funds’ page. The ‘Request Return of Unused Funds Confirmation’ page should display.
  11. Click the [Submit Request] button on the ‘Request Return of Unused Funds Confirmation’ page. You will be notified of the status of your request via e-mail – whether the request for return of unused funds was accepted or denied.
  • Note: You can also view the notification via the ‘Retrieve Submission Information’ link on the OnlineForms Management or the EDGAR Filing website.

Click the [Cancel Request] button to return to the Request Return of Unused Funds page.

The SEC’s US Bank account number must be obtained by:

  1. Log into EDGAR
  2. Select “Fees” on the left navigation bar
  3. Reference Fed Tag {4200}

Examples of Proper Format 

 

Registrant is the Payor:

In this example: JJJ CO, CIK9999999998 is the payor and the registrant. Tag {6000} contains the CIK information for payment to match with the right account at the SEC.

 

Fed Tag

Value

{2000}

000000025000

{3100}

00034690 NEW BANK

{3400}

021030004
TREAS NYC

{4200}

000000000000
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

{5000}

37774 JJJ CO
100 BIG PLAZA ALBANY NEW YORK NY 12714

{6000}

CIK9999999998

Third Party Payor submitting payment for Filing:

In this example: ABC Company, CIK9999999998 (Tag {6000}) is the payor having its wire payment submitted to US Bank, and XYZ Company, CIK 9999999995 (Tag {4320}) is the registrant.

Note: Tag {4320} is used when the registrant and payor are not the same, and therefore have different CIK numbers and Tag {6000} is always the payor’s CIK.

 

Fed Tag

Value

{2000}

000000025000

{3100}

000123790 XYZ BANK

{3400}
021030004
TREAS NYC
{4200}
000000000000
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
{4320}

CIK9999999995

{5000}
12345 ABC CO 123
ABC PLAZA NEW YORK NY 10258
{6000}

CIK9999999998

 

 

How to Calculate Fees

1933 Act Filing Example 1

Company A files a registration statement on August 30, 2003, covering a proposed public offering of one million shares of common stock. The registration statement also covers an offering of notes totaling $500 million. Company A’s common stock is trading on NASDAQ at $16 1/2 per share. The 1933 Act fee for the registration statement would be $41,784.85 based on the fiscal year 2003 fee rate of $80.90 per million dollars. The calculation is presented below.

Example Calculation of Registration Fee

Title of Securities being Registered

Amount to be Registered

Proposed Maximum Offering Price Per Unit

Proposed Maximum Aggregate Offering Price

Amount of Registration Fee

Common Stock 1,000,000 $16.50 $16,500,000 $1,334.85
Debt     $500,000,000 $40,450.00
Total     $516,500,000 $41,784.85

 

Step 1: Amount to be Registered X Price = Aggregate Offering Price

Step 2: Aggregate Offering Price X Fee Rate of 0.0000809 = Registration Fee

 
1934 Act Filing Example 1

In general, the fee is determined by multiplying the value of the transaction times the current fee rate. The value of the transaction is equal to one of the following:

  • For going private transactions, the value of the securities to be acquired by the acquiring company
  • For proxy statements relating to  a merger, acquisitions or consolidation, the proposed cash and value of securities and other property to be transferred to the acquiring company
  • For proxy statements relating to proposed sale of assets, the aggregate of cash and the value of securities and other property to be received by the registrant
  • For tender offers, the value of securities or other property offered by the bidder
1934 Act Filing Example 2

On January 8, 2003 Company A makes a $1 billion cash tender offer for the securities of Company B. The fee required with the SC TO-T filing by Company A is $92,000. The fee was calculated by multiplying the bid amount times the fee charge of 0.000092

$1,000,000,000 X 0.000092 = $92,000

Amendments to Filings

1933 Act Filing Example

On January 17, 2004, Company A decides to amend its registration to add an additional 250,000 shares of common stock to the proposed offering. Company A’s common stock is now trading on NASDAQ at $15 per share. The additional 1933 Act fee required with the registration statement amendment would be $475.13. The calculation is presented below:

Example Calculation of Registration Fee

Title of Securities being Registered Amount to be Registered Proposed Maximum Offering Price Per Unit Proposed Maximum Aggregate Offering Price Amount of Registration Fee
Common Stock 250,000 $15.00 $3,750,000 $475.13

Step 1: Amount to be Registered X Price = Aggregate Offering Price

Step 2: Aggregate Offering Price X Fee Rate 0.0001267= Amount of Registration Fee

Filing Fee Rate

The current fee rate for 10/1/2021 to 9/30/2022 is:

$92.70 per $1,000,000

The fee is calculated by multiplying the aggregate offering amount by .0000927

Filing fees are required for filings made pursuant to:

  • Sections 6(b) of the Securities Act of 1933
  • Sections 13(e) and 14(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For more information, see the fee rate advisory notice.

Effective October 1, 2021

Filing Fee Fedwire Tags & Terminology

If a wire transfer of SEC filing fees does not contain the required information in the proper format, the SEC may not be able to identify the payor and the acceptance of filings may be delayed. To ensure proper credit, it is critical that all required information be provided to the sending bank or wire transfer service. SEC data must be inserted in the proper fields.

Fed Tag / Definition of Fed Tag Values / Format

Fed Tag

Definition of Fed Tag Values

Format

{2000}

Transaction Dollar Amount (Total Wire Value)
(Example: $250.00 formatted is 000000025000)
Total wire amount, no commas or decimals. The last two positions of the transaction dollar amount are for cents. 12 positions total.

000000025000

{3100}

Sending Bank’s ABA Number (9 positions)
and Sending Bank’s Name

000123790
XYZ Bank

{3400}

ABA = American Bankers Association Receiving Bank’s ABA Number (9 positions) and Receiving Bank’s Name

021030004
TREAS NYC

{4200}

Beneficiary Information (SEC’s US Bank account number)
Name of the beneficiary (Securities and Exchange Commission).

000000000000
Securities and Exchange Commission

{4320}

Reference to Beneficiary. Only use this field if the SEC registrant and the payor are different. In this field, the unique CIK number is used for the registrant. In this field, the initials “CIK” should be entered immediately followed by the registrant’s CIK number. (If the registrant and payor are the same, use only the {6000} field.)
(Do not use spaces, blanks, or special characters).

CIK9999999995

{5000}

Originator Information – Originating customer account number from sending bank, name of originating company address, city, state, and zip code.

12345 ABC CO
123 ABC PLAZA
NEW YORK NY 10258

{6000}

Originator (Payor) to Beneficiary Information. This is the unique SEC identifier known as the CIK of the payor. Enter the initials “CIK” followed immediately by payor’s CIK number. (If the registrant is not the payor, enter the registrant’s CIK in the {4320} field, as shown above).
(Do not use spaces, blanks, or special characters.)

CIK9999999998

Filing Fee FAQs

1. Do I need passcodes to view my EDGAR account online?

Registrants of fee-bearing forms will need these codes to monitor and better manage accounts online, request unused funds, or view Fee Account Information.

2. What will happen if sufficient funds are not in my account when I file?

Filers are responsible for depositing funds in advance of their filing when the filing requires a fee.  Sometimes the correct fee for the filing is not available.  This may be due to a calculation error on the filer’s part or an issue with the funds not being deposited.  If a wire transfer of SEC filing fees does not contain the required information in the proper format, the SEC may not be able to identify the payor, and the acceptance of filings may be delayed.

3. Does the SEC accept Swift Code Wires?

No.  The SEC only accepts FEDWIREs.

4. Should I always include my CIK in my wire payments?

Yes.  Always include the CIK.  When making a wire payment, you must include the SEC-assigned CIK number.  Do not use spaces, blanks, or special characters when entering CIK number.  Use letters CIK followed immediately by your CIK number. 

For example:  CIK0000000000

5. Are filing fees refundable?

No.  Once a statement is filed, there will be no refund.  However, a registrant can request a refund if a filing has been overpaid.

Note:

  • Filing fees with respect to domestic registrants must be paid in accordance with the provisions of the Lockbox Rule (either by check or wire transfer) whether the filing is made electronically or in paper pursuant to a hardship exemption.
  • Include the Payor’s CIK (Corporate Account Number) on all fee payments. When paying fees, one payment can be used to pay for several filings provided that the tag is used to indicate from which account the funds are coming. Law firms acting as filing agents, for instance, use this method: they pay for the fees for all their clients, then bill the individual clients.
  • Wire transfers are not instantaneous. The time required to process a wire transfer through the FEDWIRE system, from origination to receipt by US Bank, varies substantially. It is important that all filers discuss with their bank or wire transfer service their unique procedures and timing.
  • The SEC advises filers to allow sufficient time to complete all transactions prior to submission of filings registering securities. These filings will not be accepted if sufficient funds have not been received by the SEC at the time of filing. Such filings include:
    • Registration statements pursuant to 6(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 that provides for the registration of securities and mandates the receipt of the appropriate fee payment upon filing (e.g., filing submission types such as S-1, S-2, S-3, N-1A, N-2, F-1, F-2, and 24F-2NT); and
    • Transactional filings pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (e.g., form types such as PRE CON, PREM14A* and PREM14C* (*except when filed by a registered investment company).
  • All filers are advised to obtain from their bank or wire transfer service the “FED” reference number of the wire transfer. Having this number can greatly facilitate tracing the funds if any problems do occur.

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