I am claiming bankruptcy but my wife is not can they take her half of the third stimulus cuz that went into a joint account?
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I copied this from an email I received from a respected colleague who was quoting form a National Consumer Law Center bulletin;
"Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, div. FF, tit. 10, § 1001(a) adds a new Bankruptcy Code § 541(b)(11) to the list of exclusions from property of the bankruptcy estate. It provides that “recovery rebates made under section 6428 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986” are not property of the estate. The stimulus payments under the Consolidated Appropriations Act were authorized under new section 6428A of the Internal Revenue Code.
The ARPA stimulus payments are provided using this language: “Subchapter B of chapter 65 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after section 6428A the following new section ... In the case of an eligible individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by subtitle A for the first taxable year beginning in 2021 an amount equal to the 2021 rebate amount determined for such taxable year.” See ARPA § 9601(a). The ARPA stimulus payments are therefore authorized under IRC § 6428B. This means that consumers who receive an ARPA stimulus payment may file bankruptcy without having to use a wildcard or other exemption to protect the funds from possible recovery by the bankruptcy trustee. "
Based on this language, both your and your wife's stimulus payments should be safe from the claims of a bankruptcy trustee.
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