When Congress passed the ‘new’ bankruptcy law in 2005, it included a provision that Debtors must prepare and file what is called the Means Test. It looks at all of your income from every source except Social Security benefits. If your income exceeds a certain amount (less allowed expenses) a presumption arises and you are not eligible to file a Chapter 7. Income includes unemployment benefits, sale of property, rental income, retirement benefits, bonuses, commissions, and severance pay. Also, if you are attempting to calculate your own Means Test, you must use your Gross Income – not your Net Income.
Just remember ALL INCOME FROM EVERY SOURCE – except Social Security benefits is counted.
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