FILING FEE: WAIVER OR INSTALLMENTS

Rule No: 
1006-1

 

          (a)          General Requirements. Every voluntary petition submitted to the clerk of court for filing shall be accompanied by one of the following payment options: (i) full payment of the applicable filing fee; (ii) a signed application for waiver of the filing fee, if the debtor is eligible; or (iii) a signed application to pay the filing fee in installments and payment of the initial installment.  The clerk of court is authorized to reject or dismiss a voluntary petition that is not accompanied by one of these payment options.

          (b)          Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments.  If the debtor is unable to pay the filing fee except in installments, the debtor must file an Application to Pay Filing Fees in Installments (Local Bankruptcy Form 3) and tender payment of the initial installment with the voluntary petition.

  1. The initial installment payment for individual chapter 7, 12 or 13 cases shall be $100.  The initial installment payment for individual chapter 11 cases shall be $350.
  2. The chapter 13 trustee is authorized to pay the balance of the filing fee owing in a chapter 13 case in which the debtor has been authorized to pay the filing fee in installments from plan payments made prior to confirmation of the plan.
  3. An application to pay the filing fee in installments will be denied if the debtor or joint debtor has commenced a bankruptcy case within 8 years before the date of the filing of the instant petition, or has a pending case, in which the filing fees are owed to the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington.

          (c)          Waiver of Filing Fee.  An application by an individual chapter 7 debtor for waiver of the chapter 7 filing fee shall be made by filing Official Form B 3B with the voluntary petition.  Local Rule W.D. Wash. LCR 3(b) shall not apply in bankruptcy cases.