Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Exemptions

The chart below contains a summary of Pennsylvania state bankruptcy exemptions and other relevant statutory laws.
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Note: Federal bankruptcy exemptions are available.
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Personal exemptions allowed by Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Law

Note: Under the 2005 bankruptcy law, almost all types of tax-exempt retirement accounts are exempt in bankruptcy whether state or Federal exemptions are used. Exemptions for 401(k)s, 403(b)s, profit-sharing and money purchase plans, and defined benefit plans include the entire account amounts. However, with traditional and Roth IRAs, the exemption is limited to a total value of $1,171,650 per person for all accounts held by the debtor (not per account). The total value amount is adjusted every three years for inflation. The relevant statutes: 11 U.S.C. §522(d)(12) for Federal bankruptcy exemptions; 11 U.S.C. §522(b)(3)(C) for state bankruptcy exemptions.

Pennsylvania HomesteadNone
WagesEarned but unpaid wages42-8127
Other propertyAccident or disability benefits42-8124(c)(7)
Property of business partnership15-8342
Bibles and schoolbooks42-8124(a)(2)
Seamstress’s sewing machine42-8124(a)(3)
Wildcard$300 of any property, including cash, real property, securities, or proceeds from sale of exempt property42-8123

Note: While this reference information is current as of October 2010, it may not reflect the most up-to-date exemption figures on official state of Pennsylvania bankruptcy court statutes.

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