How to tell if you have property that is not protected by an exemption

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In a Nutshell

Schedule A/B lists everything you own. Schedule C lists all everything you own that is protected by an exemption. Here is how you can tell what’s protected by an exemption by looking at your Schedule C, complete with an example to illustrate what it means when something is only partially exempt.

Written by Attorney Andrea Wimmer.  
Updated July 22, 2020


Schedule A/B lists everything you own. Schedule C lists all everything you own that is protected by an exemption.

Here is how you can tell what’s protected by an exemption by looking at your Schedule C, using the example below:

Sample Schedule C

The columns labeled as A1 and A2 just repeat what you’ve already listed on your Schedule A/B: your property and its value. 

The column labeled B lists the amount of the claimed exemption and column C lists the specific law that provides for this protection. 

In the example above, the Furniture and the CARES Act Stimulus is fully exempt. You can tell because the number in A2 matches the number in B. The vehicle, on the other hand, has some nonexempt equity. The value of the car is greater than the available exemption. This means that the car is only partially exempt. 

Anything that is listed on your Schedule A/B that does not also appear on your Schedule C is a nonexempt asset



About the author
Attorney Andrea Wimmer

Andrea practiced exclusively as debtors’ counsel in consumer chapter 7 and 13 cases for more than 10 years before joining Upsolve, first as a contributing writer and editor and ultimately joining the team full time in August 2019. While in private practice, Andrea handled all ban... read more

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