Double Up On Exemptions

overlapping shapesNow’s the sweet spot for bankruptcy exemption planning: before April 15th.

Up until April 15th, a debtor can contribute to an IRA for last year and this year.

Double your pleasure, double your fun.

For an individual under 50, that’s $10,500 that can be sheltered from creditors, thanks to §522(n).  Five thousand dollars for 2012, and five thousand five hundred dollars for 2013.

Double that if the debtor is married and the spouse is eligible for an IRA.

Over 50

If the debtor is over 50, the total contribution for two years is $12,500:  $6000 for 2012, $6500 for 2013.

The exceptions and nuances are found in the IRS summary of retirement contribution limits.

Don’t overlook the double contribution window at the first of the year.


Bankruptcy planning for non exempt cash.

Watch out for the impact of pre bankruptcy spend-down on the means test 

 Image courtesy of Mike Cogh and Flickr.

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  1. http://Mathew%20Alden says

    What happens if the debtor get an extension, does the April 15th deadline change?
    After April 15th (and no extension) is the debtor limited to only the current tax year?