TPA members are reminded that PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, must be filed by Sept. 30 with the post office where newspapers are mailed. In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.
The filing and publication of this form is a requirement for maintaining periodicals mailing privileges. Dailies must publish a completed copy of this form in their newspaper by Oct. 10, and non-dailies by Oct. 31.
The ability to claim electronic subscribers is incorporated into the form. There are specific requirements as to what defines a paid electronic subscriber. A print subscriber that is given free access to your electronic version is not a paid electronic subscriber. A paid electronic subscriber must pay a separate subscription rate that you have established for electronic subscribers.
A copy of the form is available for download on the TPA website at https://www.texaspress.com/sites/default/files/PS3526_form_interactive_0....
According to the National Newspaper Association, USPS is encouraging PS 3526 submissions online using the Business Customer Gateway.
"Even if you are not filing your mailing statements electronically, getting familiar with the BCG is probably a good idea," NNA Postal Chair Matt Paxton said. "It is conceivable that in the future, to get the lowest rates, you will be required to submit your Form 3541 Statement of Mailing electronically, pay electronically with an Enterprise Payment System account, and participate in the Full Service Intelligent Mail Barcode program."