Your household income is an important element in determining whether you are eligible for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and calculating the payment amount and duration of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy repayment plan.
The bankruptcy means test compares your income to the median income for the same-size household in your state. If you make less than the median, you’re presumed to qualify for a Chapter 7 or you are eligible for a Chapter 13 plan that ends after 3 years of payments. If you make more than the median income, you may need to file a Chapter 13 which lasts 5 years. However, in some instances you may still be able to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy notwithstanding your above-median income, which is why you should always speak to an experienced bankruptcy lawyer to help you understand your options.
The following chart is effective for bankruptcy cases filed on or after May 15, 2021. The median income changes periodically, and the current figures can always be found here.