The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) released statistics showing a 9.9 percent drop in bankruptcy filings in 2015. During the 12-month period, January through December, 844,495 cases were filed in federal bankruptcy courts. This is down from 936,795 bankruptcy cases filed in 2014.
This is the lowest number of bankruptcy filings within a 12-month period since 2007. Last year was the fifth consecutive year that bankruptcy filings have fallen.
Business and non-business bankruptcy filings dropped in 2015. The total business bankruptcy filings were down from 26,983 in 2014 to 24,735 in 2015. The total non-business bankruptcy filings were 819,760, down from 909,812 the previous year.
Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings dropped in 2015. Chapter 7 filings are the proceedings in which a debtor’s nonexempt assets are liquidated and the proceeds are distributed to creditors. Chapter 13 filings allow individuals to receive regular income to obtain debt relief while retaining their property by proposing a plan that uses future income to repay a portion of their debts over a three to five year period.
Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 filings both increased slightly from 2014. Chapter 11 filings are for businesses or individuals whose debts exceed the statutory thresholds for Chapter 13. Chapter 12 filings are for family farmers or fisherman.
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