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What Is Regulation S-T?

Regulation S-T outlines rules and procedures pertaining to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system, by which domestic registrants, foreign private issuers and foreign governments must submit reports, schedules, forms and other filings electronically to the SEC. This includes registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 as well as registration statements, reports and other disclosures under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 

The intent of Regulation S-T is to drive the use of the SEC’s EDGAR system as a means of receiving, storing, processing and sharing information more effectively and efficiently. Regulation S-T isn’t intended to replace current paper rules, but acts as a supplement. 

Small entities may be exempt from filing electronically if they can prove it is a temporary or continuing hardship. Filers that gain an exemption from submitting key information electronically—under Rule 202 of Regulation S-T—must file on paper based on the existing provisions laid out by the SEC.

How Can Merrill Help?

With nearly 50 years of global regulatory experience, and as one of the first companies to actively engage with the XBRL filing program, Merrill is uniquely qualified to help filers worldwide successfully navigate ever-changing global compliance requirements. With Merrill, you can manage regulatory disclosures with absolute security, precision and accuracy.

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