15 U.S. Code § 78ee - Transaction fees

(a) Recovery of costs of annual appropriation
The Commission shall, in accordance with this section, collect transaction fees and assessments that are designed to recover the costs to the Government of the annual appropriation to the Commission by Congress.
(b) Exchange-traded securities
Subject to subsection (j) of this section, each national securities exchange shall pay to the Commission a fee at a rate equal to $15 per $1,000,000 of the aggregate dollar amount of sales of securities (other than bonds, debentures, other evidences of indebtedness, security futures products, and options on securities indexes (excluding a narrow-based security index)) transacted on such national securities exchange.
(c) Off-exchange trades of exchange registered and last-sale-reported securities
Subject to subsection (j) of this section, each national securities association shall pay to the Commission a fee at a rate equal to $15 per $1,000,000 of the aggregate dollar amount of sales transacted by or through any member of such association otherwise than on a national securities exchange of securities (other than bonds, debentures, other evidences of indebtedness, security futures products, and options on securities indexes (excluding a narrow-based security index)) registered on a national securities exchange or subject to prompt last sale reporting pursuant to the rules of the Commission or a registered national securities association.
(d) Assessments on security futures transactions
Each national securities exchange and national securities association shall pay to the Commission an assessment equal to $0.009 for each round turn transaction (treated as including one purchase and one sale of a contract of sale for future delivery) on a security future traded on such national securities exchange or by or through any member of such association otherwise than on a national securities exchange, except that for fiscal year 2007 and each succeeding fiscal year such assessment shall be equal to $0.0042 for each such transaction.
(e) Dates for payments
The fees and assessments required by subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section shall be paid—
(1) on or before March 15, with respect to transactions and sales occurring during the period beginning on the preceding September 1 and ending at the close of the preceding December 31; and
(2) on or before September 25, with respect to transactions and sales occurring during the period beginning on the preceding January 1 and ending at the close of the preceding August 31.
(f) Exemptions
The Commission, by rule, may exempt any sale of securities or any class of sales of securities from any fee or assessment imposed by this section, if the Commission finds that such exemption is consistent with the public interest, the equal regulation of markets and brokers and dealers, and the development of a national market system.
(g) Publication
The Commission shall publish in the Federal Register notices of the fee and assessment rates applicable under this section for each fiscal year not later than 30 days after the date on which an Act making a regular appropriation to the Commission for such fiscal year is enacted, together with any estimates or projections on which such fees are based.
(h) Pro rata application
The rates per $1,000,000 required by this section shall be applied pro rata to amounts and balances of less than $1,000,000.
(i) Deposit of fees
(1) Offsetting collections
Fees collected pursuant to subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section for any fiscal year—
(A) shall be deposited and credited as offsetting collections to the account providing appropriations to the Commission; and
(B) except as provided in subsection (k) of this section, shall not be collected for any fiscal year except to the extent provided in advance in appropriation Acts.
(2) General revenues prohibited
No fees collected pursuant to subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section for fiscal year 2002 or any succeeding fiscal year shall be deposited and credited as general revenue of the Treasury.
(j) Adjustments to fee rates
(1) Annual adjustment
Subject to subsections (i)(1)(B) and (k), for each fiscal year, the Commission shall by order adjust each of the rates applicable under subsections (b) and (c) for such fiscal year to a uniform adjusted rate that, when applied to the baseline estimate of the aggregate dollar amount of sales for such fiscal year, is reasonably likely to produce aggregate fee collections under this section (including assessments collected under subsection (d) of this section) that are equal to the regular appropriation to the Commission by Congress for such fiscal year.
(2) Mid-year adjustment
Subject to subsections (i)(1)(B) and (k), for each fiscal year, the Commission shall determine, by March 1 of such fiscal year, whether, based on the actual aggregate dollar volume of sales during the first 5 months of such fiscal year, the baseline estimate of the aggregate dollar volume of sales used under paragraph (1) for such fiscal year is reasonably likely to be 10 percent (or more) greater or less than the actual aggregate dollar volume of sales for such fiscal year. If the Commission so determines, the Commission shall by order, no later than March 1, adjust each of the rates applicable under subsections (b) and (c) for such fiscal year to a uniform adjusted rate that, when applied to the revised estimate of the aggregate dollar amount of sales for the remainder of such fiscal year, is reasonably likely to produce aggregate fee collections under this section (including fees collected during such five-month period and assessments collected under subsection (d) of this section) that are equal to the regular appropriation to the Commission by Congress for such fiscal year. In making such revised estimate, the Commission shall, after consultation with the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, use the same methodology required by subsection (l).
(3) Review
In exercising its authority under this subsection, the Commission shall not be required to comply with the provisions of section 553 of title 5. An adjusted rate prescribed under paragraph (1) or (2) and published under subsection (g) shall not be subject to judicial review.
(4) Effective date
(A) Annual adjustment
Subject to subsections (i)(1)(B) and (k), an adjusted rate prescribed under paragraph (1) shall take effect on the later of—
(i) the first day of the fiscal year to which such rate applies; or
(ii) 60 days after the date on which an Act making a regular appropriation to the Commission for such fiscal year is enacted.
(B) Mid-year adjustment
An adjusted rate prescribed under paragraph (2) shall take effect on April 1 of the fiscal year to which such rate applies.
(k) Lapse of appropriation
If on the first day of a fiscal year a regular appropriation to the Commission has not been enacted, the Commission shall continue to collect (as offsetting collections) the fees and assessments under subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section at the rate in effect during the preceding fiscal year, until 60 days after the date such a regular appropriation is enacted.
(l) Baseline estimate of the aggregate dollar amount of sales
The baseline estimate of the aggregate dollar amount of sales for any fiscal year is the baseline estimate of the aggregate dollar amount of sales of securities (other than bonds, debentures, other evidences of indebtedness, security futures products, and options on securities indexes (excluding a narrow-based security index)) to be transacted on each national securities exchange and by or through any member of each national securities association (otherwise than on a national securities exchange) during such fiscal year as determined by the Commission, after consultation with the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, using the methodology required for making projections pursuant to section 907 of title 2.
(m) Transmittal of Commission budget requests
(1) Budget required
For fiscal year 2012, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Commission shall prepare and submit a budget to the President. Whenever the Commission submits a budget estimate or request to the President or the Office of Management and Budget, the Commission shall concurrently transmit copies of the estimate or request to the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives.
(2) Submission to Congress
The President shall submit each budget submitted under paragraph (1) to Congress, in unaltered form, together with the annual budget for the Administration submitted by the President.
(3) Contents
The Commission shall include in each budget submitted under paragraph (1)—
(A) an itemization of the amount of funds necessary to carry out the functions of the Commission.
(B) an amount to be designated as contingency funding to be used by the Commission to address unanticipated needs; and
(C) a designation of any activities of the Commission for which multi-year budget authority would be suitable.

Source

(June 6, 1934, ch. 404, title I, § 31,48 Stat. 904; Mar. 17, 1944, ch. 101, 58 Stat. 117; Pub. L. 94–29, § 22,June 4, 1975, 89 Stat. 162; Pub. L. 104–290, title IV, § 405(a),Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3442; Pub. L. 105–353, title III, § 301(b)(14),Nov. 3, 1998, 112 Stat. 3236; Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)], Dec. 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A–432; Pub. L. 107–123, §§ 2, 3,Jan. 16, 2002, 115 Stat. 2390; Pub. L. 111–203, title IX, § 991(a)(1), (d)(1),July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 1950, 1954.)
Adjustment of Fee Amount

For adjustment of certain fee amounts specified in this section, that is not reflected in text, see Annual Adjustment of Transaction Fee Rate note below.
Amendments

2010—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–203, § 991(a)(1)(A), added subsec. (a) and struck out former subsec. (a). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The Commission shall, in accordance with this section, collect transaction fees and assessments that are designed to recover the costs to the Government of the supervision and regulation of securities markets and securities professionals, and costs related to such supervision and regulation, including enforcement activities, policy and rulemaking activities, administration, legal services, and international regulatory activities.”
Subsec. (e)(2). Pub. L. 111–203, § 991(a)(1)(B), substituted “September 25” for “September 30”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 111–203, § 991(a)(1)(C), substituted “30 days after the date on which an Act making a regular appropriation to the Commission for such fiscal year is enacted” for “April 30 of the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year to which such rate applies”.
Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 111–203, § 991(a)(1)(D), added subsec. (j) and struck out former subsec. (j) which related to recapture of projection windfalls for further rate reductions.
Subsec. (k). Pub. L. 111–203, § 991(a)(1)(E), substituted “60 days” for “30 days”.
Subsec. (l). Pub. L. 111–203, § 991(a)(1)(F), substituted “Baseline estimate of the aggregate dollar amount of sales” for “Definitions” in heading and struck out introductory provisions “For purposes of this section:”, par. (2) designation and heading “Baseline estimate of the aggregate dollar amount of sales”, and par. (1) which provided table of target offsetting collection amounts for fiscal years 2002 through 2011.
Subsec. (m). Pub. L. 111–203, § 991(d)(1), added subsec. (m).
2002—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(1), substituted “Subject to subsection (j) of this section, each” for “Every” and struck out at end “Fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited and collected as general revenue of the Treasury.”
Pub. L. 107–123, § 2(1)–(3), substituted “$15 per $1,000,000” for “1/300 of one percent” and “security futures products, and options on securities indexes (excluding a narrow-based security index)” for “and security futures products” and struck out “, except that for fiscal year 2007 or any succeeding fiscal year such rate shall be equal to 1/800 of one percent of such aggregate dollar amount of sales” before period at end of first sentence.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(3), redesignatedsubsec. (d) as (c), substituted “Off-exchange trades of exchange registered and last-sale-reported securities” for “Off-exchange trades of last-sale-reported securities” in subsec. heading, struck out par. (1) heading, substituted “Subject to subsection (j) of this section, each national securities” for “Each national securities”, inserted “registered on a national securities exchange or” after “narrow-based security index))”, struck out “, excluding any sales for which a fee is paid under subsection (c) of this section” after “national securities association”, and struck out pars. (2) and (3), which related to deposit of fees and lapse of appropriations.
Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(2), struck out heading and text of former subsec. (c). Text read as follows: “Each national securities association shall pay to the Commission a fee at a rate equal to 1/300 of one percent of the aggregate dollar amount of sales transacted by or through any member of such association otherwise than on a national securities exchange of securities registered on such an exchange (other than bonds, debentures, other evidences of indebtedness, and security futures products), except that for fiscal year 2007 or any succeeding fiscal year such rate shall be equal to 1/800 of one percent of such aggregate dollar amount of sales. Fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited and collected as general revenue of the Treasury.”
Pub. L. 107–123, § 2(1),(2), (4), which directed that subsec. (d) be amended by substituting “$15 per $1,000,000” for “1/300 of one percent” and “security futures products, and options on securities indexes (excluding a narrow-based security index)” for “and security futures products”, and striking out “, except that for fiscal year 2007, or any succeeding fiscal year, such rate shall be equal to 1/800 of one percent of such aggregate dollar amount of sale” before period at end of par. (1), was executed by making the amendment in subsec. (c), to reflect the probable intent of Congress and the amendment by Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(3), which redesignated subsec. (d) as (c). See above.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(4), (6), redesignatedsubsec. (e) as (d) and substituted “except that for fiscal year 2007 and each succeeding fiscal year such assessment shall be equal to $0.0042 for each such transaction” for “except that for fiscal year 2007 or any succeeding fiscal year such assessment shall be equal to $0.0075 for each such transaction. Assessments collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited and collected as general revenue of the Treasury”. Former subsec. (d) redesignated (c).
Pub. L. 107–123, § 2(5), which directed that subsec. (e) be amended by substituting “$0.009” for “$0.02”, was executed by making the amendment in subsec. (d), to reflect the probable intent of Congress and the amendment by Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(4), (6) which redesignated subsec. (e) as (d). See above.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(5), (6), redesignatedsubsec. (f) as (e) and substituted “Dates for payments” for “Dates for payment of fees” in heading and “The fees and assessments required” for “The fees required” in introductory provisions. Former subsec. (e) redesignated (d).
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(6), redesignatedsubsec. (g) as (f). Former subsec. (f) redesignated (e).
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(6), (b)(2), redesignatedsubsec. (h) as (g) and inserted before period at end “not later than April 30 of the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year to which such rate applies, together with any estimates or projections on which such fees are based”. Former subsec. (g) redesignated (f).
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(6), redesignatedsubsec. (i), as enacted by Pub. L. 107–123, § 2(6), as (h). See below. Former subsec. (h) redesignated (g).
Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(a)(7), added subsec. (i).
Pub. L. 107–123, § 2(6), added subsec. (i).
Subsecs. (j) to (l). Pub. L. 107–123, § 3(b)(1), added subsecs. (j) to (l).
2000—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(1)], inserted “and assessments” after “fees”.
Subsecs. (b), (c), (d)(1). Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(2)], substituted “other evidences of indebtedness, and security futures products” for “and other evidences of indebtedness”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(6)], added subsec. (e). Former subsec. (e) redesignated (f).
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(5)], redesignated subsec. (e) as (f). Former subsec. (f) redesignated (g).
Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(3)], inserted “or assessment” after “fee”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(5)], redesignated subsec. (f) as (g). Former subsec. (g) redesignated (h).
Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(4)], inserted “and assessment” after “fee”.
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(5) [title II, § 206(f)(5)], redesignated subsec. (g) as (h).
1998—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–353substituted “this section” for “this subsection”.
1996—Pub. L. 104–290reenacted section catchline without change and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Every national securities exchange shall pay to the Commission on or before March 15 of each calendar year a fee in an amount equal to one three-hundredths of 1 per centum of the aggregate dollar amount of the sales of securities (other than bonds, debentures, and other evidences of indebtedness) transacted on such national securities exchange during each preceding calendar year to which this section applies. Every registered broker and dealer shall pay to the Commission on or before March 15 of each calendar year a fee in an amount equal to one three-hundredths of 1 per centum of the aggregate dollar amount of the sales of securities registered on a national securities exchange (other than bonds, debentures, and other evidences of indebtedness) transacted by such broker or dealer otherwise than on such an exchange during each preceding calendar year: Provided, however, That no payment shall be required for any calendar year in which such payment would be less than one hundred dollars. The Commission, by rule, may exempt any sale of securities or any class of sales of securities from any fee imposed by this section, if the Commission finds that such exemption is consistent with the public interest, the equal regulation of markets and brokers and dealers, and the development of a national market system.”
1975—Pub. L. 94–29amended section generally, extending provisions requiring the payment of fees to include transactions in listed securities which occur in the over-the-counter market.
1944—Act Mar. 17, 1944, amended section generally, inserting provisions exempting from the payment of the fee securities designated for exemption by the Secretary of the Treasury.
Effective Date of 2010 Amendment

Amendment by section 991(d)(1) ofPub. L. 111–203effective 1 day after July 21, 2010, except as otherwise provided, see section 4 ofPub. L. 111–203, set out as an Effective Date note under section 5301 of Title 12, Banks and Banking.
Pub. L. 111–203, title IX, § 991(a)(2),July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 1951, provided that: “The amendments made by this subsection [amending this section] shall take effect on the later of—
“(A) October 1, 2011; or
“(B) the date of enactment of an Act making a regular appropriation to the [Securities and Exchange] Commission for fiscal year 2012 [Div. C of Pub. L. 112–74, approved Dec. 23, 2011].”
Effective Date of 2002 Amendment

Pub. L. 107–123, § 11,Jan. 16, 2002, 115 Stat. 2401, provided that:
“(a) In General.—Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), the amendments made by this Act [see Short Title of 2002 Amendment note set out under section 78a of this title] shall take effect on October 1, 2001.
“(b) Immediate Transaction Fee Reductions.—The amendments made by section 2 [amending this section] shall take effect on the later of—
“(1) the first day of fiscal year 2002; or
“(2) thirty days after the date on which a regular appropriation to the Commission for such fiscal year is enacted.
“(c) Additional Exceptions.—The authorities provided by section 6(b)(9) of the Securities Act of 1933 [15 U.S.C. 77f (b)(9)] and sections 13(e)(9), 14(g)(9), and 31(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [15 U.S.C. 78m (e)(9), 78n (g)(9), and 78ee (k)], as so designated by this Act, shall not apply until October 1, 2002.”
Effective Date of 1996 Amendment

Pub. L. 104–290, title IV, § 405(b),Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3443, provided that:
“(1) In general.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply with respect to transactions in securities that occur on or after October 1, 1997.
“(2) Off-exchange trades of last sale reported transactions.—The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply with respect to transactions described in section 31(d)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [subsec. (d)(1) of this section] (as amended by subsection (a) of this section) that occur on or after September 1, 1997.”
Effective Date of 1975 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 94–29effective Jan. 1, 1976, see section 31(a) ofPub. L. 94–29, set out as a note under section 78b of this title.
Transfer of Functions

For transfer of functions of Securities and Exchange Commission, with certain exceptions, to Chairman of such Commission, see Reorg. Plan No. 10 of 1950, §§ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F.R. 3175, 64 Stat. 1265, set out under section 78d of this title.
Budget of the President

Pub. L. 111–203, title IX, § 991(d)(2),July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 1954, provided that: “For fiscal year 2012, and each fiscal year thereafter, the annual budget for the Administration submitted by the President to Congress shall reflect the amendments made by this section [amending this section and sections 77f, 78d, 78m, 78n, and 78kk of this title].”
Study of the Effect of Fee Reductions

Pub. L. 107–123, § 9,Jan. 16, 2002, 115 Stat. 2400, provided that:
“(a) Study.—The Office of Economic Analysis of the Securities and Exchange Commission (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Office’) shall conduct a study of the extent to which the benefits of reductions in fees effected as a result of this Act [see Short Title of 2002 Amendment note set out under section 78a of this title] are passed on to investors.
“(b) Factors for Consideration.—In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Office shall—
“(1) consider the various elements of the securities industry directly and indirectly benefiting from the fee reductions, including purchasers and sellers of securities, members of national securities exchanges, issuers, broker-dealers, underwriters, participants in investment companies, retirement programs, and others;
“(2) consider the impact on different types of investors, such as individual equity holders, individual investment company shareholders, businesses, and other types of investors;
“(3) include in the interpretation of the term ‘investor’ shareholders of entities subject to the fee reductions; and
“(4) consider the economic benefits to investors flowing from the fee reductions to include such factors as market efficiency, expansion of investment opportunities, and enhanced liquidity and capital formation.
“(c) Report to Congress.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act [Jan. 16, 2002], the Securities and Exchange Commission shall submit to the Congress the report prepared by the Office on the findings of the study conducted under subsection (a).”
Fees From National Securities Associations for Member Transactions Other Than on National Securities Exchanges

Pub. L. 104–208, div. A, title I, § 101(a) [title V], Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009, 3009–61, provided in part: “That effective January 1, 1997, every national securities association shall pay to the Commission a fee at a rate of one-three-hundredth of one percentum of the aggregate dollar amount of sales transacted by or through any member of such association otherwise than on a national securities exchange (other than bonds, debentures, and other evidences of indebtedness) subject to prompt last sale reporting pursuant to the rules of the Commission or a registered national securities association, excluding any sales for which a fee is paid under section 31 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78ee), and such increase shall be deposited as an offsetting collection to this appropriation, to remain available until expended, to recover the costs to the Government of the supervision and regulation of securities markets and securities professionals: Provided further, That the fee due from every national securities association shall be paid on or before September 30, 1997, with respect to transactions and sales occurring during the period beginning on January 1, 1997, and ending at the close of August 31, 1997”.
Annual Adjustment of Transaction Fee Rate

By order dated Jan. 20, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission adjusted the fee rates applicable under subsecs. (b) and (c) of this section to $18 per million dollars, effective Feb. 21, 2012, see 77 F.R. 3818.

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