Required documents for Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing

Documents required of all debtors

All petitioners, whether engaged in business or not engaged in business, are required to submit the following documents:

  • Petition.
  • Exhibit C (Property that might cause harm to public health of safety).
  • Statement of Social Security number.
  • [If a corporation] Corporate Resolution authorizing filing the petition.
  • [If a corporation] Corporate Ownership Statement. Required if another corporation owns 10% or more of the corporation’s stock. If none, a statement to that effect must be filed.
  • Statement Describing Compensation Paid to Bankruptcy Petition Preparer [if applicable].
  • Notice to Debtor by Bankruptcy Petition Preparer [if applicable].
  • Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments and Order [if applicable].
  • Application for Waiver of Filing Fee [if applicable].
  • Summary of Schedules.
  • Schedule A—Real Property.
  • Schedule B—Personal Property.
  • Schedule C—Property Claimed as Exempt [if individual].
  • Schedule D—Creditors Holding Secured Claims.
  • Schedule E—Creditors Holding Unsecured Priority Claims.
  • Schedule F—Creditors Holding Unsecured Nonpriority Claims.
  • Schedule G—Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases.
  • Schedule H—Codebtors.
  • Schedule I—Current Income of Individual Debtors [if individual].
  • Schedule J—Current Expenditures of Individual Debtors [if individual].
  • Schedule of Income and Expenditures [corporate and partnership debtors] (specifically designed for debtor).
  • Declaration Concerning Debtor’s Schedules.
  • Statement of Financial Affairs [questions 1-17 for individual debtors; questions 1-18 for sole proprietors; questions 1-25 for corporate and partnership debtors].
  • Attorney’s Compensation Statement.
  • Master Mailing List (Matrix).
  • Statement of Intention [individual debtors].
  • Statement of Military Service, if applicable.
  • Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation.

Additional documents required of individual debtors with primarily consumer debts

Individual debtors with primarily consumer debts must also file the following documents:

  • Statement of Compliance With Credit Counseling Requirement—Exhibit D to Voluntary Petition.
  • Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor Under §342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code describing the chapters and services available from credit counseling agencies, as well as notice of making a false statement to the court.
  • Certificate from an approved credit counseling agency that the debtor received a financial briefing within 180 days of filing bankruptcy (filed with the petition or 14 days thereafter if the certificate was unavailable).
  • If the debtor has no certificate from an approved credit counseling agency, a statement of the reason for the emergency filing and that the certificate will be filed within 14 days of the order for relief.
  • Copy of a debt repayment plan, if any, that the debtor received during the financial briefing.
  • Record of debtor’s interest in an education individual retirement account.
  • Copy of debtor’s federal income tax return that was most recently due before filing (seven days before meeting of creditors). If a creditor would like a copy of the tax return, the creditor must give notice of the request at least 14 days before the meeting of creditors. On request of any party in interest or the court, you must file a copy of any federal tax return filed while the case is pending and for a tax year that ended during the four years before the case was filed, including any amendments to the returns. Note: All federal income tax returns due before the bankruptcy filing must be filed with the IRS. This includes tax returns for the current year of filing. For example, if a petition was filed on February 1, 2011, the tax return for the previous year must have been filed by February 1, 2011, even though it was not technically due until April 15, 2011. The trustee may “hold open” the meeting of creditors until the current tax return is filed. If the debtor is behind in filing his or her tax returns for previous years, the filings must be made current before the meeting of creditors.
  • Photo ID of the debtor if requested by the trustee and evidence of Social Security number.
  • Pay stubs for the 60-day period preceding filing with all but the last four digits of the debtor’s Social Security number redacted [if individual]. These should be filed with the petition or within 14 days thereafter.
  • Certificate of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Financial Management. File one for each debtor within 60 days of the meeting of creditors.

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