Use the information on this page for planning an Indiana Bankruptcy. Start out by referencing both this chart and the Kentucky chart on exemptions. However, you cannot use the Federal exemptions in Indiana. Instead, you must reference the smaller state exemptions for Indiana. Also, ensure that you spend your tax refund before filing. Then, proceed to keep a low amount of money in your bank account on the date of filing. In fact, in Indiana, you must also ensure that the intangible property is only $350. This is because Debtors who file cannot keep more than $350 in tax refunds and bank account assets.

Blank amounts in the individual or jointly owned column mean the exemption is normally unlimited. Social security and retirement benefits are examples of benefits the trustee cannot normally take. Also, note that Federal Exemptions adjust at least annually with the cost of living.

Below, is the Federal chart on exemptions. Directly below is the Indiana chart. Please note, Indiana bankruptcy exemptions do not increase often or automatically.

Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions Chart

Property Value

What the property brings on a quick sale.

Minus Amt Owed

Deduct the part the bank or car lot owns. The remainder is your equity and what part you own.


Your equity and what you own in the property. Only use an exemption if you need it.

Minus Your Exemption

If you own some part of the property your exemption is how much you can keep (Increase in parenthesis.)

Amount to Trustee

If you have more property than what you can keep you will owe this amount to the trustee in Chapter 7. In Chapter 13, your case must pay the equal of this column.

This is a worksheet.  Exemptions are for 2020 and may have increased. The first row is an example.
Home $148,000Mortgages and other liens $70,000Equity
Minus your exemption (2 x $25,150) per person on deed $50,300 for your personal residence Otherwise reduce by 50% as a wildcardThe excess above exemption and amount a Chapter 13 would have to repay.

$30,650 or what creditors would receive, which is slightly less.

Personal Injury case($25,150)
Household goods($13,400)
Bank account or Tax refund(Wildcard=$1.325 plus ½ of the unused Homestead)
Any Chapter 13 repayment must equal the amount due to the trustee in Chapter 7!


Indiana Bankruptcy Exemptions Chart

Exemption Description


Jointly Owned

1Beneficiaries Life or Annuity Proceeds ICA §27-2-5-1(b)
2Earnings ICA §24-4.5-5-105(2)(a)75%75%
3Fraternal Benefit Society ICA §27-11-6-3
4Health Aids ICA §34-55-10-2(c)(4)
5Homestead ICA §34-55-10-2(c)(1) 17,600.00 35,200.00$17,600.00$35,200.00
6Insurance – Life & Accident ICA §27-8-3-23(b)
7Insurance – Life Proceeds ICA §27-1-12-14(e)
8Insurance – Life Proceeds – Group ICA §27-1-12-29(b)
9Intangible Personal Property ICA §34-55-10-2(c)(3)$350.00$700.00
10Medical Care Savings Accounts ICA §34-55-10-2(c)(7)
11Other Real Estate or Tangible Personal Prop. ICA §34-55-10-2(c)(2)$9,350$18,700
12Partnership Property ICA §23-4-1-25(2)(c)
13Pension – Firemen ICA §36-8-7-22
14Pension – Police ICA §36-8-6-14(c), §36-8-7.5-19
15Pension – Teachers CIA § 5-10.4-5-14(a)
16Property of Housing Authority ICA §36-7-18-34
17Public Employees Retirement ICA § 5-10.3-8-9
18Qualified Tuition Program ICA § 34-55-10-2(c)(8)(C)$5,000$10,000
19Real Estate (Tenant by Entirety) ICA §34-55-10-2(c)(5)
20Refund under IRS code § 32 ICA § 34-55-10-2(c)(10)
21Retirement Plan ICA §34-55-10-2(c)(6)
22Uniforms, Arms, and Military Property ICA §10-2-6-3
23Widows Allowance ICA §34-55-7-9
24Workman Compensation ICA §22-3-2-17

Resources for Bankruptcy

Louisville Kentucky Bankruptcy Forms

Bankruptcy Manual

Other Related Information

Kentucky Bankruptcy Exemptions Keep Your Property!

How to Qualify for Chapter 7

How to Keep Tax Refunds in Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy

If you are thinking about filing bankruptcy, don’t delay because timing is crucial. I am here to help you. So, contact my office right away to start the conversation. Nick C. Thompson, Bankruptcy Lawyer: 502-625-0905.