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FCC 1.1166
Revised as of January 16, 2020
Goto Year:2019 | 2021
  § 1.1166   Waivers, reductions and deferrals of regulatory fees.

   The fees established by § § 1.1152 through 1.1156 and associated interest
   charges and penalties may be waived, reduced or deferred in specific
   instances, on a case-by-case basis, where good cause is shown and where
   waiver, reduction or deferral of such fees, interest charges and
   penalties would promote the public interest. Requests for waivers,
   reductions or deferrals of regulatory fees for entire categories of
   payors will not be considered.

   (a) Requests for waivers, reductions or deferrals should be filed with
   the Commission's Secretary and will be acted upon by the Managing
   Director with the concurrence of the General Counsel. All such filings
   within the scope of the fee rules shall be filed as a separate pleading
   and clearly marked to the attention of the Managing Director. Any such
   request that is not filed as a separate pleading will not be considered
   by the Commission.

   (b) Deferrals of fees, interest, or penalties if granted, will be for a
   designated period of time not to exceed six months.

   (c) Petitions for waiver of a regulatory fee, interest, or penalties
   must be accompanied by the required fee, interest, or penalties and FCC
   Form 159. Submitted fees, interest, or penalties will be returned if a
   waiver is granted. Waiver requests that do not include the required
   fees, interest, or penalties or forms will be dismissed unless
   accompanied by a petition to defer payment due to financial hardship,
   supported by documentation of the financial hardship.

   (d) Petitions for reduction of a fee, interest, or penalty must be
   accompanied by the full fee, interest, or penalty payment and Form 159.
   Petitions for reduction that do not include the required fees,
   interest, or penalties or forms will be dismissed unless accompanied by
   a petition to defer payment due to financial hardship, supported by
   documentation of the financial hardship.

   (e) Petitions for waiver of a fee, interest, or penalty based on
   financial hardship, including bankruptcy, will not be granted, even if
   otherwise consistent with Commission policy, to the extent that the
   total regulatory and application fees, interest, or penalties for which
   waiver is sought exceeds $500,000 in any fiscal year, including
   regulatory fees due in any fiscal year, but paid prior to the due date.
   In computing this amount, the amounts owed by an entity and its
   subsidiaries and other affiliated entities will be aggregated. In cases
   where the claim of financial hardship is not based on bankruptcy,
   waiver, partial waiver, or deferral of fees, interest, or penalties
   above the $500,000 cap may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

   [ 84 FR 51003 , Sept. 26, 2019]

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Goto Section: 1.1165 | 1.1167

Goto Year: 2019 | 2021
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