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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Vehicle ownership deduction for means test

This is good news for debtors. Debtors are allowed to take the standard ownership deduction on the means test calculation for vehicles that are paid in full.
7th Circuit Cases
Civil - Bankruptcy
Ross-Tousey v. Neary, No. 07-2503 (12/17/08). Appeal, E.D. Wisc. Rev'd and rem'd.

Dist. Ct. erred in finding in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings that debtors who owned cars outright could not take Local Standard transportation ownership deduction for purposes of calculating means test under sec. 707(b)(2)(A)(ii)(I) when determining under Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act whether debtors must repay portion of their debt or whether debtors were entitled to complete discharge of debt. Debtors are entitled to said deduction, but remand was required to determine whether under totality of circumstances, debtors' financial situation demonstrated abuse under section 707(b)(30(B).
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