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U.S. Bankruptcy Code - Exemptions
Section 522(d) as amended 1999
With cost of living inflation adjustments as of December 2009

The following property may be exempted under subsection (b)(1) of this section:

  1. The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed $20,200 in value, in real property or personal property that the debtor or a dependent of the debtor uses as a residence, in a cooperative that owns property that the debtor or a dependent of the debtor uses as a residence, or in a burial plot for the debtor or a dependent of the debtor.
  2. The debtor's interest, not to exceed $3,225 in value, in one motor vehicle.
  3. The debtor's interest, not to exceed $525 in value in any particular item or $10,775 in aggregate value, in household furnishings, household goods, wearing apparel, appliances, books, animals, crops, or musical instruments, that are held primarily for the personal, family, or household use of the debtor or a dependent of the debtor.
  4. The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed $1,350 in value, in jewelry held primarily for the personal, family, or household use of the debtor or a dependent of the debtor.
  5. The debtor's aggregate interest in any property, not to exceed in value $1,075 plus up to $10,125 of any unused amount of the exemption provided under paragraph (1) of this subsection.
  6. The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed $2,025 in value, in any implements, professional books, or tools, of the trade of the debtor or the trade of a dependent of the debtor.
  7. Any un-matured life insurance contract owned by the debtor, other than a credit life insurance contract.
  8. The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed in value $10,775 less any amount of property of the estate transferred in the manner specified in section 542(d) of this title, in any accrued dividend or interest under, or loan value of, any un-matured life insurance contract owned by the debtor under which the insured is the debtor or an individual of whom the debtor is a dependent.
  9. The debtor's right to receive -
    1. a social security benefit, unemployment compensation, or a local public assistance benefit;
    2. a veterans' benefit;
    3. a disability, illness, or unemployment benefit;
    4. alimony, support, or separate maintenance, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor;
    5. a payment under a stock bonus, pension, profit-sharing, annuity, or similar plan or contract on account of illness, disability, death, age, or length of service, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor, unless -
      1. such plan or contract was established by or under the auspices of an insider that employed the debtor at the time the debtor's rights under such plan or contract arose;
      2. such payment is on account of age or length of service; and
      3. such plan or contract does not qualify under section 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), 408, or 409 (FOOTNOTE 1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), 408, or 409). (FOOTNOTE 1) See References in Text note below.


  10. The debtor's right to receive, or property that is traceable to -
    1. an award under a crime victim's reparation law;
    2. a payment on account of the wrongful death of an individual of whom the debtor was a dependent, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor;
    3. a payment under a life insurance contract that insured the life of an individual of whom the debtor was a dependent on the date of such individual's death, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor;
    4. a payment, not to exceed $15,000, on account of personal bodily injury, not including pain and suffering or compensation for actual pecuniary loss, of the debtor or an individual of whom the debtor is a dependent; or
    5. a payment in compensation of loss of future earnings of the debtor or an individual of whom the debtor is or was a dependent, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor.


Related Bankruptcy Exemptions Links:
A table of states offering these Federal bankruptcy exemptions.
A list of state only bankruptcy exemptions.

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