Announcement to Bankruptcy Practitioners re Changes to Schedules I and J

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Information for Bankruptcy Practitioners:
 
Changes to national bankruptcy forms B6I (Schedule I: Your Income) and B6J (Schedule J: Your Expenses) will take effect on December 1, 2013.
 
Schedules I and J:
 
New check boxes will be added to Schedules I and J for the debtor to indicate that the schedule supplements the initial filing of the form. The option to submit supplements to these schedules is a method for capturing additional information regarding a debtor's post-petition income and expenses as of a specific date (e.g., prior to chapter 13 confirmation hearing) for purposes of analysis or potential modification. Events will be added to the electronic filing system to allow the filing of these schedules as supplements when necessary.
 
Schedules I and J are still required to be filed as part of the original schedules and statements under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(1). Also, the "amendment" check box should still be used when the purpose is to correct information on the original filing of the form.
 
Schedule J Only:
 
New lines 1, 2, and 3 on revised Schedule J request information about the debtor's household. Line 1 requires joint debtors who maintain separate households to file separate Schedule J forms. A check box has been added to the caption to identify such filings. Line 2 requires information about each dependent.
 
If Debtor 2 (also known as the joint debtor) maintains a separate household, s/he will be required to file a separate Schedule J and check the appropriate box on the modified form. When the box is checked, attorney filers should follow the form instructions and ensure that total expenses on Form B6 - Summary of Schedules and the Schedule J for Debtor 1 include the amounts for both Debtor 1 and Debtor 2. Debtor 2's Schedule J form should be included with the petition when schedules are filed.
 
Please refer to Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms on the federal judiciary's national web site for complete information regarding these changes.