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In Apple's 2019 Form 10-K filing on EDGAR, I see this:

AAPL 2019 Form 10-K filing information on EDGAR

What is the difference between "Filing Date" and "Accepted" date?

In some filings, the "Filing Date" and "Accepted" date are the same, while in others, the dates are different.

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  • For the examples where the dates are the same, what are the times? Are they during "working hours"? My first thought is that if the (presumably electronic) document arrives late in the day (6:12pm in your example) it is "Filed" on the next (working?) day. But that's just a guess.
    – TripeHound
    Nov 12 at 10:23
  • 1) Your image doesn't match your link as I reach Coca-cola as the SEC Accession No doesn't match. 2) See:How can I understand EDGAR Timestamps? from sec.gov/os/webmaster-faq and possibly sec.gov/info/edgar/pdsdissemspec051310.pdf Nov 14 at 9:40
  • @MorrisonChang I have fixed the link.
    – Flux
    Nov 14 at 11:22
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The filing date is when the information was uploaded onto the EDGAR system.

After that, per this document:

https://www.sec.gov/info/edgar/pdsdissemspec051310.pdf

there is a "rigorous series of syntactic and semantic validation rules" that the submission is run through. If it passes, then the submission is reassembled with header tags, and disseminated throughout the system.

That acceptance and dissemination process usually takes less than two minutes.

Another aspect of your question - the filing date field doesn't include time information, only the date itself.

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