Thursday, October 13, 2011
FAQ #27: What happens to my tax refund when I file bankruptcy?
Your tax refund is what the bankruptcy court would consider an “unliquidated asset”, and is treated by the bankruptcy court like other personal property. Any unissued tax refunds would need to be listed on your bankruptcy schedules as assets, and properly exempted if you want to prevent that property from being seized by the Trustee and applied to pay your creditors. If the tax refund is fully exempt or is abandoned by the trustee, you will not be required to turn it over to the bankruptcy Trustee.