The means test calculation is another document that must be completed prior to filing for bankruptcy. This test, which was added to the Bankruptcy Code in 2005, calculates whether you are able to afford, or have the “means” to pay your debts. The means test annualizes your income for the past six months and compares it with the median income for your place of residence. The means test also includes your secured debt in determining whether you can afford to pay for your debts. If you fail to pass the means test, you can only file Chapter 7 bankruptcy under very specialized exceptions. The means test has drawn criticism since its inception.
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