Steps to Follow if You Missed a Filing Deadline
You missed the filing deadline if:
- You filed your report late, or
- You have not filed your report at this time and the deadline has passed.
You have the option to request a waiver or reduction of an assessed penalty for filing your report late. You can do this by submitting an Affidavit of Defense to your filing authority. The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) considers every Affidvait of Defense submitted to the Commission AFTER the specific report is filed.
STEP 1: Fill out an
Affidavit of Defense (to raise a defense to late filing). To fill
out this affidavit on your computer,
State the name of the report that you filed late and state the due date for that report. Explain the circumstances that prevented you from filing your report on time. Request a waiver or reduction of assessed penalties if this is what you are requesting.
STEP 2: Have your affidavit notarized OR fill out the unsworn declation.
STEP 3: Using one of the two methods below, deliver your completed Affidavit of Defense to the Texas Ethics Commission.
- Email a PDF copy of your completed
Affidavit to email@example.com.
Include your Filer ID, name, AFFD, and report type in the subject line.
Subject Line: "00012345 Jane Doe, AFFD, January 2022 Semiannual late filing"
- Mail a paper copy of your completed form to:
Texas Ethics Commission
P.O. Box 12070
Austin, TX 78711-2070
After TEC receives your Affidavit of Defense and after you have filed the report in question, the Texas Ethics Commission will consider your request. You will be notified of the Commission's decision.