What Is The Cost of Bankruptcy?

Will the cost of being bankrupt be more than I can pay?

The answer depends on how much you own and earn, and your family size.

How much you own

You will lose all your money and possessions, except for the assets that are exempt in your province. For the assets you can keep, see bankruptcy exemptions.

How much you earn and your family size

You will lose part of any earnings which are considered “surplus income”– that is, anything over a limit set by legislature. The limit depends on your family size. When you see your trustee, bring your latest pay stubs, to allow the trustee to estimate how much you must pay based on surplus income.

Costs of the bankruptcy process

Bankruptcy involves administrative costs, including court fees, mailing costs, and government-set fees for filing. You will be required to pay the trustee for the administration of your estate.

Other costs

Taxes work differently in a bankruptcy, and your trustee will give you any details that apply to you. For example, any HST credits or tax refunds that would normally come to you while bankrupt will be lost to your bankrupt estate.

You will also lose any “windfalls” you receive or become entitled to while bankrupt. “Windfalls” are amounts you get by luck, such as inheritance or lottery winnings.

Cost of bankruptcy in your case

More than you can pay? You will need a Licensed Insolvency Trustee to determine exactly how much it will cost you to go bankrupt in Canada and what alternatives to bankruptcy would make sense in your case. Contact a Canada Licensed Insolvency Trustee today.