Means Test Figures Changing Again

26 Sep Means Test Figures Changing Again

The income figures used for determining bankruptcy eligibility are changing again November 1, 2010. The numbers come from the Census Bureau, which reports median family income by state. The U.S. Trustee takes that data and updates the bankruptcy means test.

The U.S. Trustee expects to post modified revised means test charts to its website on October 12, 2010. The new figures will apply to bankruptcy petitions filed on or after November 1, 2010.

Consumer debtors who have income less than the median family income for their state pass the bankruptcy means test and are eligible to file either chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. They do not have to fill out the eight-page long form.

Here is more reading about the bankruptcy means test:

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projected disposable income in chapter 13 bankruptcy is not strictly mechanical

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two vehicle deductions allowed on means test for single debtor

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Jill Michaux has helped Kansas consumers with debt problems for three decades. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only bankruptcy specialists, board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. She help start the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
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