2016 Revisions of Dollar Amounts in the Bankruptcy Code Released

The Judicial Conference of the United States has published the 2016 dollar amount changes to the US Bankruptcy Code, as required by 11 USC 104(a). These changes take effect on April 1, 2016 and are effective for three years. The full announcement is below, with a chart of the updated amounts. The official announcement is also available in PDF format.


Notice is hereby given that the dollar amounts are increased in the sections in title 11 and title 28, United States Code, as set out in the following chart. These increases do not apply to cases commenced before the effective date of the adjustments, April 1, 2016. Seven Official Bankruptcy Forms, (106C, 107, 122A-2, 122C-2, 201, 207, and 410) and two Director’s Forms (2000 and 2830), also will be amended to reflect these adjusted dollar amounts.

Affected sections of Title 28 U.S.C. and the Bankruptcy Code Dollar amount to be adjusted New (adjusted) dollar amount1
1 The New (Adjusted) Dollar Amounts reflect a 3.016 percent increase, rounded to the nearest $25.
28 U.S.C.
Section 1409(b)—a trustee may commence a proceeding arising in or related to a case to recover
(1)—money judgment of or property worth less than $1,250 $1,300.
(2)—a consumer debt less than $18,675 $19,250.
(3)—a non consumer debt against a non insider less than $12,475 $12,850.
11 U.S.C.
Section 101(3)—definition of assisted person $186,825 $192,450.
Section 101(18)—definition of family farmer $4,031,575 (each time it appears) $4,153,150 (each time it appears).
Section 101(19A)—definition of family fisherman $1,868,200 (each time it appears) $1,924,550 (each time it appears).
Section 101(51D)—definition of small business debtor $2,490,925 (each time it appears) $2,566,050 (each time it appears).
Section 109(e)—debt limits for individual filing bankruptcy under chapter 13 $383,175 (each time it appears) $394,725 (each time it appears)
$1,149,525 (each time it appears) $1,184,200 (each time it appears).
Section 303(b)—minimum aggregate claims needed for the commencement of an involuntary chapter 7 or 11 petition
(1)—in paragraph (1) $15,325 $15,775.
(2)—in paragraph (2) $15,325 $15,775.
Section 507(a)—priority expenses and claims
(1)—in paragraph (4) $12,475 $12,850.
(2)—in paragraph (5)(B)(i) $12,475 $12,850.
(3)—in paragraph (6)(B) $6,150 $6,325.
(4)—in paragraph (7) $2,775 $2,850.
Section 522(d)—value of property exemptions allowed to the debtor
(1)—in paragraph (1) $22,975 $23,675.
(2)—in paragraph (2) $3,675 $3,775.
(3)—in paragraph (3) $575 $12,250 $600. $12,625.
(4)—in paragraph (4) $1,550 $1,600.
(5)—in paragraph (5) $1,225 $11,500 $1,250. $11,850.
(6)—in paragraph (6) $2,300 $2,375.
(7)—in paragraph (8) $12,250 $12,625.
(8)—in paragraph (11)(D) $22,975 $23,675.
Section 522(f)(3)—exception to lien avoidance under certain state laws $6,225 $6,425.
Section 522(f)(4)—items excluded from definition of household goods for lien avoidance purposes $650 (each time it appears) $675 (each time it appears).
Section 522(n)—maximum aggregate value of assets in individual retirement accounts exempted $1,245,475 $1,283,025.
Section 522(p)—qualified homestead exemption $155,675 $160,375.
Section 522(q)—state homestead exemption $155,675 $160,375.
Section 523(a)(2)(C)—exceptions to discharge
(1)—in paragraph (i)(I)—consumer debts for luxury goods or services incurred < 90 days before filing owed to a single creditor in the aggregate $650 $675.
(2)—in paragraph (i)(II)—cash advances incurred < 70 days before filing in the aggregate $925 $950.
Section 541(b)—property of the estate exclusions
(1)—in paragraph (5)(C)—education IRA funds in the aggregate $6,225 $6,425.
(2)—in paragraph (6)(C)—pre-purchased tuition credits in the aggregate $6,225 $6,425.
Section 547(c)(9)—preferences, trustee may not avoid a transfer if, in a case filed by a debtor whose debts are not primarily consumer debts, the aggregate value of property is less than $6,225 $6,425.
Section 707(b)—dismissal of a chapter 7 case or conversion to chapter 11 or 13 (means test)
(1)—in paragraph (2)(A)(i)(I) $7,475 $7,700.
(2)—in paragraph (2)(A)(i)(II) $12,475 $12,850.
(3)—in paragraph (2)(A)(ii)(IV) $1,875 $1,925.
(4)—in paragraph (2)(B)(iv)(I) $7,475 $7,700.
(5)—in paragraph (2)(B)(iv)(II) $12,475 $12,850.
(6)—in paragraph (5)(B) $1,250 $1,300.
(7)—in paragraph (6)(C) $675 $700.
(8)—in paragraph (7)(A)(iii) $675 $700.
Section 1322(d)—contents of chapter 13 plan, monthly income $675 (each time it appears) $700 (each time it appears).
Section 1325(b)—chapter 13 confirmation of plan, disposable income $675 (each time it appears) $700 (each time it appears).
Section 1326(b)(3)—payments to former chapter 7 trustee $25 $25.
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