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    Surplus Lines Tax Filing Update: Surplus Lines Clearinghouse Issues Bulletin Discontinuing Multistate Platform

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    As we previously reported here, the Non-Admitted Insurance Multi-State Association (“NIMA”) had announced its intentions to dissolve, with a run-off period until September 30, 2017 to allow for endorsements to be filed through the Surplus Lines Clearinghouse (the “Clearinghouse”). Yesterday, the Clearinghouse published a bulletin here providing guidance to surplus lines insurers and brokers with respect to NIMA’s decision to discontinue. In particular, the Clearinghouse has stated that, effective October 1, 2016, all surplus lines transactions involving multistate risks should be reported directly to the home state of the insured and will no longer be processed through the Clearinghouse’s multistate platform. The Clearinghouse has provided the following additional instructions with respect to NIMA jurisdictions:

    1. Puerto Rico – All transactions should be reported directly to the Puerto Rico Office of the Commissioner of Insurance;
    2. South Dakota – All transactions should be report to the South Dakota Division of Insurance via the Clearinghouse single state reporting platform in SLIP;
    3. Utah – All transactions should be reported directly to the Surplus Line Association of Utah; and
    4. Wyoming – All transactions should be reported to the Wyoming Department of Insurance via the Clearinghouse single state reporting platform in SLIP.

    All additional premium, return premium and cancellation endorsements effective prior to October 1, 2016 should still be filed through the Clearinghouse multistate platform through September 30, 2017.

    The Clearinghouse also will accept South Dakota and Wyoming Policies after October 1, 2016; however, all such policies will be reported as single state policies and not through the Clearinghouse’s multistate platform, with 100% of the premium taxed by the home state of the insured.

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