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Defusing the UST Tax Bomb

How Lenders and Debtors can Minimize UST Fees and Maximize Creditor Recoveries

As predicted in the first part of this article (May, 2018), the new United States Trustee (UST) fee has had a disproportionate effect on middle-market, high-velocity cash flow companies. The best solution is for Congress to revisit the fee structure and refine it to reflect the realities of particular cases and the actual burden on the UST.

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As predicted in the first part of this article (May, 2018), the new United States Trustee (UST) fee has had a disproportionate effect on middle-market, high-velocity cash flow companies. See, Katy Stech Ferek, Companies Grapple with Rise in Bankruptcy Fees, Wall St. J. Sept. 6, 2018. In fact, several debtors and cases have already been disrupted by the abrupt change in the UST fee schedule, with one debtor being forced to relinquish control of its business to a Chapter 11 trustee after it couldn’t pay the increased fee (which was accruing at a faster pace than the interest on the debtor’s DIP loan). See, Order Directing Appointment of Trustee, In re Peninsular Airways, Inc., Case No. 17-00282, Docket No. 409.

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