The Bankruptcy Means Test

Learn about the bankruptcy means test. It plays a role in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Although Chapter 7 is the most popular type of bankruptcy for consumers, not everyone is eligible to receive Chapter 7 relief. The biggest barrier to qualify for Chapter 7 relief was added to the bankruptcy code in 2005 -- this is the means test. The means test looks at your income and expenses and kicks you out of Chapter 7 if the numbers don't fit within certain guidelines.   

(There are other qualification requirements for Chapter 7. Visit our Eligibility for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy topic area to learn about them.)

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