Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions

The chart below contains a summary of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin HomesteadProperty occupied or intended to be occupied by debtor to $75,000; $150,000 for a married couple filing jointly815.20
Wages75% of weekly net income or 30 times the greater of the Federal or state minimum hourly wage. Bankruptcy judge may authorize more for low-income debtors.815.18(3)(h)
AutomobileUp to $4,000; unused portion of $12,000 personal property exemption may be added815.18(3)(g)
Other propertyFederal disability insurance benefits815.18(3)(ds)
Alimony and child support needed for support815.18(3)(c)
Household goods and furnishings, clothing, keepsakes, jewelry, appliances, books, musical instruments, firearms, sporting goods, animals, and other tangible personal property to $12,000 total815.18(3)(d)
Deposit accounts to $5,000815.18(3)(k)
Burial plot, tombstone, coffin815.18(3)(a)
Equipment, inventory, farm products, books, and tools of trade to $15,000 total815.18(3)(b)

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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