United States Code
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Compensation of officers
After notice to the parties in interest and the United States Trustee and a hearing, and subject to sections 326, 328, and 329, the court may award to a trustee, a consumer privacy ombudsman appointed under section 332, an examiner, an ombudsman appointed under section 333, or a professional person employed under section 327 or 1103—
reasonable compensation for actual, necessary services rendered by the trustee, examiner, ombudsman, professional person, or attorney and by any paraprofessional person employed by any such person; and
reimbursement for actual, necessary expenses.
The court may, on its own motion or on the motion of the United States Trustee, the United States Trustee for the District or Region, the trustee for the estate, or any other party in interest, award compensation that is less than the amount of compensation that is requested.
In determining the amount of reasonable compensation to be awarded to an examiner, trustee under chapter 11, or professional person, the court shall consider the nature, the extent, and the value of such services, taking into account all relevant factors, including—
the time spent on such services;
the rates charged for such services;
whether the services were necessary to the administration of, or beneficial at the time at which the service was rendered toward the completion of, a case under this title;
whether the services were performed within a reasonable amount of time commensurate with the complexity, importance, and nature of the problem, issue, or task addressed;
with respect to a professional person, whether the person is board certified or otherwise has demonstrated skill and experience in the bankruptcy field; and
whether the compensation is reasonable based on the customary compensation charged by comparably skilled practitioners in cases other than cases under this title.
Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the court shall not allow compensation for—
unnecessary duplication of services; or
services that were not—
reasonably likely to benefit the debtor’s estate; or
necessary to the administration of the case.
In a chapter 12 or chapter 13 case in which the debtor is an individual, the court may allow reasonable compensation to the debtor’s attorney for representing the interests of the debtor in connection with the bankruptcy case based on a consideration of the benefit and necessity of such services to the debtor and the other factors set forth in this section.
The court shall reduce the amount of compensation awarded under this section by the amount of any interim compensation awarded under section 331, and, if the amount of such interim compensation exceeds the amount of compensation awarded under this section, may order the return of the excess to the estate.
Any compensation awarded for the preparation of a fee application shall be based on the level and skill reasonably required to prepare the application.
In determining the amount of reasonable compensation to be awarded to a trustee, the court shall treat such compensation as a commission, based on section 326.
There shall be paid from the filing fee in a case under chapter 7 of this title $45 to the trustee serving in such case, after such trustee’s services are rendered.
The Judicial Conference of the United States—
shall prescribe additional fees of the same kind as prescribed under section 1914(b) of title 28; and
may prescribe notice of appearance fees and fees charged against distributions in cases under this title;
to pay $15 to trustees serving in cases after such trustees’ services are rendered. Beginning 1 year after the date of the enactment of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994, such $15 shall be paid in addition to the amount paid under paragraph (1).
Unless the court orders otherwise, in a case under chapter 12 or 13 of this title the compensation paid to the trustee serving in the case shall not be less than $5 per month from any distribution under the plan during the administration of the plan.
In a case in which the United States trustee serves as trustee, the compensation of the trustee under this section shall be paid to the clerk of the bankruptcy court and deposited by the clerk into the United States Trustee System Fund established by section 589a of title 28.
There is established a fund in the Treasury of the United States, to be known as the “Chapter 7 Trustee Fund”, which shall be administered by the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
Deposits into the Chapter 7 Trustee Fund under section 589a(f)(1)(C) of title 28 shall be available until expended for the purposes described in paragraph (3).
For fiscal years 2021 through 2026, the Chapter 7 Trustee Fund shall be available to pay the trustee serving in a case that is filed under chapter 7 or a case that is converted to a chapter 7 case in the most recent fiscal year (referred to in this subsection as a “chapter 7 case”) the amount described in paragraph (4) for the chapter 7 case in which the trustee has rendered services.
The amount described in this paragraph shall be the lesser of—
The payment received by a trustee under paragraph (3) shall be paid in addition to the amount paid under subsection (b).
Not later than
September 30, 2021, the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall promulgate regulations for the administration of this subsection.
(Pub. L. 95–598,
Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2564; Pub. L. 98–353, title III, §§ 433, 434, July 10, 1984, 98 Stat. 370; Pub. L. 99–554, title II, §§ 211, 257(f), Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3099, 3114; Pub. L. 103–394, title I, § 117, title II, § 224(b), Oct. 22, 1994, 108 Stat. 4119, 4130; Pub. L. 109–8, title II, § 232(b), title IV, §§ 407, 415, title XI, § 1104(b), Apr. 20, 2005, 119 Stat. 74, 106, 107, 192; Pub. L. 116–325, § 3(c), Jan. 12, 2021, 134 Stat. 5087; Pub. L. 117–43, div. A, § 131, Sept. 30, 2021, 135 Stat. 351.)
cite as: 11 USC 330