Revisions to the Official Bankruptcy Forms, Effective December 1, 2013

Several of the official bankruptcy forms have changed, effective December 1, 2013. The forms can still be found at www.uscourts.gov/FormsAndFees/Forms/BankruptcyForms.aspx. For the most part, the forms ask for the same information as the previous versions.

The revised forms are meant to be easier to fill out, and in that vein, contain more detailed instructions on what information to include in each line, which totals to subtract from other totals, and what not to include.

If you are using the instructions in How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to fill out the forms, you’ll see that the instructions for each line item no longer match up exactly to the lines on the forms. For example, the new Schedule I asks you to list gross income on line 2, and the previous version asked you to list it on line 1. Pull up the new version of Schedule I and fill it out, using How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to get details and background on each information request. You’ll find that the new forms make it easier to include the correct information in the right spots.

There is one new line item on Schedule I that is not covered in the book – instructions on how to fill this out are included below.

Revised Official Forms

Schedule I: Your Income

  • Line 11 asks you to list any contributions you receive from someone else (other than your spouse) which help pay for household expenses. For example, if your roommate gives you $100 per month to help defray your food bill, you should list that here. Don’t include such contributions if you have listed only your share of the expenses on Schedule J. For example, if you and your roommate split the grocery bill each month, but you listed only your share of the grocery bill on Schedule J, you don’t include your roommate’s contribution on Schedule I.

Schedule J: Your Expenses

Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments

Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived

Summary (Summary of Schedules)