It’s official (we think) – New application fees to take effect April 28, 2009

Loyal readers have doubtless been on the edges of their seats since the last installment of our “Pursestrings Update” series. (Newbies can catch up by reading our earlier installments here, here, here, here, here,  and here.) We have a new development to report: the Commission has now formally announced that the revised application fee schedule first adopted last September (has it really been that long?) will take effect on April 28, 2009. Mark your calendars (and try to get any applications you’re working on filed by then – the new schedule reflects an across-the-board increase, tracking increases in the CPI).

The new effective date is just about four months later than the effective date which the Commission originally envisioned and indirectly announced. It’s also about three months later than the effective date that was formally announced in the Federal Register. And it’s a bit more than two months after the effective date that was posted, ever so briefly, on the Commission’s “application fee” webpage (and printed in some fee filing guides that the Commission posted, and then removed, from that webpage). 

But what the heck – better late than never. Actually, since the fees are going nowhere but up, the delay has been beneficial for those who have been filing feeable applications since December 30. 

But it does look like we’ve come to the end of the line.

Readers will observe that the latest public notice offers no explanation for the on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again effective dates so far. In fact, the notice makes no reference at all to any of that history. That’s probably for the best.

In any event, April 28 appears to be the day. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.