Statement of Ownership deadline just around the corner: File by Sept. 29 then publish subsequently

October 1 is the deadline for paid distribution newspapers to file the Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation form (PS Form 3526) with your postmaster. Since Oct.1 falls on a Sunday this year, plan to submit your form by the close of business on Sept. 29.

Remember that paid electronic subscriptions may be included as circulation in postal statements. A paid subscriber, electronic or print, may only be counted once. A print subscriber with free access to the electronic version of your paper cannot be counted as a paid e-Subscriber. To be considered a paid electronic subscriber, the subscriber must pay more than a nominal rate for the subscription.

After filing, you must publish your statement according to the following timetable, depending on frequency of publication:

  • Publications issued more frequently than weekly should publish no later than Oct. 10. This applies to dailies, semi-weeklies and three-times-per-week publications.
  • Publications issued weekly, or less frequently, but not less than monthly, publish by Oct. 31. This applies to weeklies.
  • All other publications publish in the first issue after Oct. 1. This applies to infrequent publications such as quarterlies, bi-monthlies, etc.

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