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U.S. SEC adopts rule on filing fee disclosure and payment methods

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WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday stated it voted to undertake a rule modernizing the method for paying filing charges when working and funding firms interact in sure transactions, together with registered securities choices, tender provides, and mergers and acquisitions.

The SEC amendments, which usually develop into efficient on Jan. 31, 2022, with some updates phased in over the approaching years, would additionally require filers to current the knowledge required for filing fee calculation in a separate interactive format generally known as Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), the company stated.

It added that the modifications would enhance filing fee preparation and payment processing by rising the velocity, accuracy and usability of monetary disclosure, and ultimately scale back prices.

The unanimous vote to undertake the rule in Wednesday got here after it proposed in October 2019 to handle the way in which the SEC processes 1000’s of filings from public firms and different issuers.

Historically, SEC workers had manually calculated the charges related to registered securities choices and tender provides, whereas filers themselves needed to manually enter numbers, a course of that invitations alternatives for errors, SEC Chair Gary Gensler stated in a press release.

The Wednesday measure is predicted to be applauded by trade teams which have lengthy argued that modernization would result in enhanced validation and improved effectivity of the funds course of.

“Today’s rule will transition these forms to a structured data format. As a result, the SEC will be able to automatically detect errors and calculate fee amounts,” Gensler stated.

Reporting by Katanga Johnson in Washington; Additional reporting by John McCrank in New York; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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