Important Notices

2022 | 2021 | 2020
Year Date Subject
2022
  June 10, 2022

U.S. Trustee Program Publishes Guidelines for Enforcement Related to Bifurcated Chapter 7 Fee Agreements
The United States Trustee Program (USTP) has published enforcement guidelines for use by USTP personnel in evaluating chapter 7 bifurcated fee agreements and determining whether enforcement actions are appropriate. It is the USTP’s position that, absent contrary local authority, bifurcated fee agreements are permissible, provided they do not harm debtors or the integrity of the bankruptcy system. The guidelines generally provide that attorney’s fees under such agreements must be fair and reasonable and that attorneys must provide adequate disclosures to their clients and obtain their fully informed consent and must make adequate public disclosures.

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  May 6, 2022

Notice of Renewal of Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Application Forms, with public comment period open until May 25, 2022

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  April 29, 2022

Updated Administrative Expense Multipliers & IRS Data
The Administrative Expense Multipliers and IRS’s National Standards for Allowable Living Expenses and Local Standards for Transportation and Housing and Utilities Expenses accessible through the “Means Testing Information” page has been updated. The revised multipliers and standards will apply to cases filed on or after May 15, 2022

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  March 11, 2022

Updated Census Bureau Median Family Income Data
The Census Bureau’s Median Family Income Data accessible through the “Means Testing Information” page has been updated. The U.S. Trustee Program will apply the updated data to all cases filed on or after April 1, 2022.

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2021
  May 11, 2021

USTP Issues Debtor Audit Report for FY 2020

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  April 30, 2021

Updated Administrative Expense Multipliers & IRS Data
The Administrative Expense Multipliers and IRS’s National Standards for Allowable Living Expenses and Local Standards for Transportation and Housing and Utilities Expenses accessible through the “Means Testing Information” page has been updated. The revised multipliers and standards will apply to cases filed on or after May 15, 2021

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  March 25, 2021

USTP Issues Notice to Chapter 7 and 13 Trustees Regarding Recovery Rebates and Tax Credits Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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  March 12, 2021

Updated Census Bureau Median Family Income Data
The Census Bureau’s Median Family Income Data accessible through the “Means Testing Information” page has been updated. The U.S. Trustee Program will apply the updated data to all cases filed on or after April 1, 2021.

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2020
  December 21, 2020

U.S. Trustee Program Publishes Final Rule Governing Uniform Periodic Reports In Chapter 11 Cases
On December 21, 2020, the United States Trustee Program published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled “Procedures for Completing Uniform Periodic Reports in Non-Small Business Cases Filed Under Chapter 11 of Title 11.” This final rule will be effective 180 days after publication, June 21, 2021, and governs the filing of pre-confirmation monthly operating reports (MORs) and quarterly post-confirmation reports (PCRs) for all debtors except those who are small businesses or who, in accordance with the CARES Act, elect relief under subchapter V of chapter 11. These forms must be used for all reports filed on or after June 21, 2021. Until the effective date, filers should continue to use the forms currently applicable in the district where their case is pending.

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  August 28, 2020

U.S. Trustee Program Extends Telephonic or Video Section 341 Meeting
The U.S. Trustee Program has extended the requirement that section 341 meetings be conducted by telephone or video appearance to all cases filed during the period of the President’s “Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” issued March 13, 2020, and ending on the date that is 60 days after such declaration terminates. However, the U.S. Trustee may approve a request by a trustee in a particular case to continue the section 341 meeting to an in-person meeting in a manner that complies with local public health guidance, if the U.S. Trustee determines that an in-person examination of the debtor is required to ensure the completeness of the meeting or the protection of estate property. This policy may be revised at the discretion of the Director of the United States Trustee Program.

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Updated November 18, 2022

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