On April 1, 2021, the Median Family Income used in the Means Test Calculation to determine your eligibility to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case will change in Texas. The median family income figures are periodically adjusted and published by the Census Bureau. To determine whether you qualify to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, you will need to pass the “Means Test.” The Means Test compares your income to the median income of a similar household size in Texas.

As of the most recent update, the following figures will apply for Bankruptcy cases filed in Houston, Texas as of April 1, 2020:

  • Family of 1: $52,953
  • Family of 2: $71,287
  • Family of 3: $77,110
  • Family of 4: $89,196
  • For families that have more than 4 people, add $9,000 for each additional family member.

You can look up the most up to date figures for the Median Family Income used for the Bankruptcy Means Test by visiting the United States Department of Justice website.

Don’t get discouraged if you earn more than the median income for your family size as you may still be able to qualify to file a Chapter 7 case. While the Means Test initially looks at gross income, the test also takes into consideration certain expenses and payments for secured debts. Even if you are above median income, you may still qualify to file Chapter 7.

A Bankruptcy Attorney can help you see if you qualify for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy by completing a Means Test for your individual situation. If you have questions about the Means Test or would like to see if you qualify to file Chapter 7, contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.