Completing Bankruptcy Schedule A/B: Property

When filing for Bankruptcy, you'll list all of your property on Schedule A/B of the bankruptcy forms.

By , Attorney ● University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Updated 5/20/2024

Filing bankruptcy can help alleviate heavy debt, but, before you can reap the benefits, you must provide financial information by filling out official bankruptcy forms. On Schedule A/B: Property, you'll list all the property you own as of the date you file for bankruptcy.

This article explains where to find and how to complete Schedule A/B: Property. You can learn about other official forms by reading Completing the Bankruptcy Forms.

Types of Reported Property

You must report everything you own when filing for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court wants a complete picture of your financial situation, including the value of all assets. You'll satisfy this requirement by listing your property on this schedule under the following broad categories:

  • Residence, Building, Land, or Other Real Estate You Own or Have an Interest In
  • Vehicles
  • Personal and Household Items
  • Financial Assets
  • Business-Related Property You Own or Have an Interest In
  • Farm and Commercial Fishing-Related Property You Own or Have an Interest In
  • Any Other Property

Questions about 45 different property types are within these categories, so forgetting to list property shouldn't be an issue. When in doubt, list it.

Residence, Building, Land, or Other Real Estate

This type of property is often called real property—land and things permanently attached to land—and it includes more than just a house. For example, you'll also list unimproved land, vacation cabins, condominiums, duplexes, rental property, business property, mobile home park spaces, agricultural land, airplane hangars, and any other buildings permanently attached to the land.

In this section, you'll include the following information:

  • the address of the property
  • the names of everyone who has an ownership interest in the property
  • the full value of the property (without subtracting mortgages)
  • how you hold title, if you know, and
  • any other information about the property you'd like the court to know about.

You can learn how to protect equity in a residential home in The Homestead Exemption in Bankruptcy.

Vehicles

Almost everyone has a car or two. In the "vehicles" category, you'll include everything with a motor that can transport you somewhere—whether by road, water, or air. This includes cars, vans, trucks, tractors, sport utility vehicles, motorcycles, watercraft, boats and jet skis, aircraft, motorhomes, snowmobiles, ATVs, and recreational vehicles. It also includes all accessories you use along with these vehicles, such as trailers and motorcycle sidecars.

You'll describe each vehicle by including the following information:

  • make, model, year, and mileage
  • a description of the property
  • a list of everyone who has an ownership interest in the property
  • the full value of the property, and
  • the value of the portion you own.

Learn how to protect your vehicle by reading The Motor Vehicle Exemption in Bankruptcy.

Personal and Household Items

These are items you use in your home every day. Below are examples of typical household goods and furnishings organized by the rooms in your home. You'll notice you can group items together when appropriate. Examples include "dishes," "bedding and linens," and "small appliances."

  • Living Room. Couches, armchairs, coffee tables, end tables, entertainment centers, televisions, lamps, telephones, video equipment, and stereo equipment.
  • Bedroom. Twin, double, queen, and king beds, cribs, dressers, nightstands, lamps, bedding, and linens.
  • Kitchen/Dining Room. Tables, chairs, bar stools, refrigerator, dishes, microwave, freezer, tableware, pots and pans, small appliances, and food.
  • Laundry/Patio/Garage. Washer, dryer, vacuum, tools, lawnmower, patio furniture, and spa.

Additionally, you'll disclose information about the electronics, sports and hobby equipment, firearms, clothes, jewelry, pets, and other items you own.

Financial Assets

In this section, you'll list all of your financial assets, including the asset's value and location. Here are the categories outlined in the form:

  • cash
  • deposits of money (your bank accounts)
  • bonds, mutual funds, and publicly traded stocks
  • government or corporate bonds and other negotiable and non-negotiable instruments
  • retirement and pension accounts
  • security deposits and prepayments
  • annuities
  • interests in an education IRA, qualified ABLE program, or qualified state tuition program
  • trusts and equitable or future interests in property
  • patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and other intellectual property
  • licenses, franchises, and other intangibles
  • tax refunds owed to you
  • family support
  • interests in insurance policies
  • interest in property from someone who has died
  • claims against third parties (such as if you have a lawsuit against someone), and
  • any other claims for money you may have against anyone.

Business-Related Property

The court wants to know about the business property if you own a business. If your business is service-oriented, such as an accounting practice, you might only have office equipment and accounts receivable to disclose. A plumber, however, might also have plumbing tools and trucks. If you sell products in a storefront, such as a pet store, you'll also list all of your inventory.

It is more likely that you'll list a business property if you are a sole proprietor or a part of a partnership since you retain a personal interest in the property, as opposed to owning shares of a corporation. In the latter case, the corporation retains the ownership interest in its property, and you don't list it on this schedule.

Find out about small businesses in bankruptcy.

Farm and Commercial Fishing-Related Property

If you own a farm or a commercial fishing operation, you'll list all business-related property in this special section.

Other Property

If your property doesn't fall into one of the above categories, you'll list it towards the end of the form.

Totaling the Value of Your Real Property

At the bottom of Schedule A/B, provide the total value of all of your property.

How to Get Schedule A/B?

You can find the most recent version of Schedule A/B on the U.S. Court's website.

This article provides general information only. Many legal issues are involved and important decisions to make when filing for bankruptcy. You must understand the entire bankruptcy process, learn about the applicable federal and state laws, and determine how those laws will affect your particular situation before you complete the bankruptcy forms.

If you want to file bankruptcy without a lawyer, use a good do-it-yourself book like Nolo's How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy by Attorney Cara O'Neill to ensure you make well-informed decisions about your bankruptcy case.

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