Federal Agency: DEA Registration and Reregistration Fees Increased

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Topic Federal Agency: DEA Registration and Reregistration Fees Increased
Background The annual registration fee has been increased for physicians (and others) to $244. However, for administrative convenience for both the collection and the payment, physicians will pay a combined registration fee of $731 every three years. Under the Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is authorized to charge reasonable fees relating to the registration and control of the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, import, and export of controlled substances and listed chemicals. DEA must set fees at a level that ensures the recovery of the full costs of operating the various aspects of its Diversion Control Program. Each year, DEA is required by statute to transfer the first $15 million of fee revenues into the general fund of the Treasury, and the remainder of the fee revenues is deposited into a separate fund of the Treasury called the Diversion Control Fee Account (DCFA). It has been more than five years since the last fee adjustment. DEA proposed a new fee schedule by publication of an NPRM on July 6, 2011. The government adopted the proposed change on March 15, 2012. (Source, 77 Fed. Reg. 15234).
Regulating Body U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Justice
Compliance Date 4/16/2012
Consequences Physicians will pay more to register and reregister for their DEA registration. DEA examined the new fees as a percentage of income for physicians, dentists, and physician's assistants in the practitioner registrant group and as a percentage of revenue for pharmacies, manufacturers, and distributors. This analysis indicates the fee adjustment is expected to have the greatest effect on small businesses in the "practitioner registrant group." However, the registration fee may be a deductible business expense for some registrants.
Next Steps 1) Budget for the increased fee. 2) Check with your tax professional to determine whether you may specifically apply this fee as a deduction to federal taxes.
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