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Can VA disability income be used in calculating income for a bankruptcy filing?
no , because it falls under the federal exempt laws. example income from Social Security Dis. Child support, Rail Road funs etc.
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. The answer here is no, it is not lawful to include disability as income when considering alimony. And as in Florida, in upholding 38 USC 5301, not even if you voluntarily …assign it over. This is, tax free disability compensation which has been waived from a veterans' retired pay. Title 10 USC Sec. 1408; (4) the term "disposable retired pay" means the total monthly retired pay to which a member is entitled less amounts which-- (A) are owed by that member to the United States for previous overpayments of retired pay and for recoupments required by law resulting from entitlement to retired pay; (B) are deducted from the retired pay of such member as a result of forfeitures of retired pay ordered by a court-martial or as a result of a waiver of retired pay required by law in order to receive compensation under Title 5 or Title 38. In Mansell v. Mansell the United States Supreme court addressed the extent to which state courts "may treat as property divisible upon divorce military retirement pay waived by the retiree in order to receive veterans' disability benefits." Mansell 490 U.S. at 583. In Abernethy, the Florida Supreme Court interpreted Mansell as prohibiting military personnel from assigning military disability benefits by settlement agreement and precluding state courts from enforcing such agreements. Abernethy, 699 So. 2d at 236. The Supreme court in Abernethy explained, "[T]he Court [in Mansell] held that the USFSPA [Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act] does not grant state courts the power to treat as divisible property military retirement pay which has been waived to receive veterans' disability benefits." Id. at 239. Haiki True VA, RRD and SSD are not subject to partitioning in the matter of spousal maintenance (alimony). Such benefits are subject to attachment when the issue is a matter of child support or federal and state taxes owed. Last year a bill was passed called the VDPA (Veteran Disability Protection Act) which bars all courts across the U.S from taking disability/compensation as alimony. == Such are the dreams of the everyday disabled veteran. "It is well established that disability benefits are a protected property interest and may not be discontinued without due process of law. See Atkins v. Parker, 472 U.S. 115, 128 (1985); Mathews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319, 332 (1976)" = 38 USC 5301 Nonassignability and exempt status of benefits. "Payments of benefits due or to become due under any law administered by the Secretary shall not be assignable except to the extent specifically authorized by law,.. a beneficiary shall be exempt from taxation, shall be exempt from the claim of creditors, and shall not be liable to attachment, levy or seizure by or under any legal or equitable process whatever, either before or after receipt by the beneficiary. = The question being, how is it, that state court judges can arbitrarily and capriciously award as alimony, with the mere wave of a hand, waive away a portion of a veteran's VA disability rated compensation? Moneys in the form of disability compensation, the disability rights of a veteran, whose disability rating that maybe determined and factored in as critical? Judgment as if all disabilities are exactly the same. A disabled veteran's plead to the judge, "I have a severe serious back injury, I need all of my VA disability compensation." The judge would reply, "Are you a doctor?" = But yet, state court judges, are in reality playing doctor, without medical license or knowledge .. a practice forbidden, providing penalties by law , and border on medical negligence. All without any input, or approval from the Veterans Administration. Overstepping those whose authority it belongs, the dedicated VA medical professionals, in the practice of medicine, re-evaluation, and rehabilitation of the veteran. While at the same time violating federal law, 38 USC 5301, 42 USC 1408, and the 14th Amendment. = Ninth Circuit Says Congress, Not Courts, Have Say Over VA Health Care. VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE v. SHINSEKI December 13, 2011 = Continually, State court judges disregard the law, as reduction in disability compensation cannot be "reduced unless an improvement in the veteran's disability is shown to have occurred." USC 1155 Authority for schedule for rating disabilities. = How are judges allowed the discretion to award as alimony disability compensation based on 'statutory' awards? Which are not predicated directly on the average reduction in earning capacity, but primarily upon consideration of noneconomic factors such as personal inconvenience, social inadaptability, or the profound nature of the disability. The purpose of the statutory award for loss or loss of use of a creative organ is to account for psychological factors. = "Clear and substantial" major damage to federal interests occurs when state court judges make lasting decisions, that seriously impact disabled veterans' rated compensation and complicate Veterans Administration goals, and responsibilities. Upsetting, and overruling VA medical compensation decisions, which involve many hours of work that VA medical professionals have invested in the medical care, control, follow-up, and rehabilitation of disabled veterans. All this happens with VA complicity, when a state court, arbitrarily is allowed to take away a veterans VA disability compensation in third party alimony awards in violation of….. 38 USC 5301. 42 USC § 407 - Assignment of benefits, carries similar language. = Where is it written, the VA authority, when a state judge can arbitrarily overrule the VA, the VA medical doctors and other medical professionals' that determine a veterans' medical rating compensation? His future now without the compensation that was by law assured? Tax payer monies mandated by Congress purposely, as veterans service compensation for injuries received, life altering as they are, now being diverted purposely by state courts to healthy third parties in many cases, in a determined and engaging violation of the law. To allow what has been happening, was it the intent of Congress that state court judges substitute their judgment for the judgment of VA doctors and medical professionals? I don't think so! = Perhaps, state legislators will or have proposed legislation such as Massachusetts, West Virginia, California, as well as other states, due to the changing realities of family life, either proposed or passed that 'permanent current alimony' obligations be eliminated in alimony reform legislation? Legislation having broad appeal, proposed, and as happened, passed into law without thought or consideration of the disabled veteran wanting, under similar circumstances. = To this day, there is no eagerness of state legislators to extend this, or any proposal to eliminate veterans disability compensation awards from alimony, despite the law, or any reform measures. The laws protecting disability compensation are very clear. What is needed is reform in the court system, and legislative re-thinking, that for whatever reason, due process and property rights do not apply to disabled veterans? This is something disabled veterans', despite all efforts at law, over many years have tried to accomplish. Brushed aside for more important things. = The law is clear as to a veteran's rights and a state court judge's improper judicial authority in denying protections that are guaranteed. = However, any proposed legislation is discriminatory which completely ignores ALIMONY REFORM for disabled veterans. It is obvious, a pattern of unintentional discrimination is evident against disabled veterans. = Disabled veteran's have had the exact same alimony issue as everybody else. However, correcting clearly improper and illegal court rulings imposed on disabled veteran's is the issue, as much as it is any reform proposal. = I hope state legislators will honor them, with clarifying legislation supporting the property rights of the disabled veteran, setting an example for the rest of the nation. =
This question has been discussed many times here..and there seems to be no hard and fast rule. Certainly, it depends on several things. Most importantly, is what perio…d the overpayment reflected in the refund really relates to. For example, say it is a refund for a year and you filed BK in Dec of that year. Basically, all of the tax you paid in was from pre-petition...had you had the correct amount withheld (or by estimated payment, hence no refund of overpayment being made), presumably (and rightfully) that additional amount would have been available to pay those creditors. Consider, you could have had more (even 100%) withheld and deposited in your account with the Government, that shouldn't mean you get to essentially just withdraw it now. (Had you put it in a bank account you wouldn't expect to). On the other hand, if you file the BK in January, then virtually all the overpayment is due to earnings post petition...which are actually yours and not part of the bankruptcy. Viewed this way, I think the actions make some sense. Add in any complications, like you don't make earnings evenly through the period...and it's a question needing a reasonable solution you may need to propose to the trustee.
It depends on certain conditions. If you have a job, or if you have another earner in the family. Up to 85% of your Social Security can be taxed. If, however, SSDI is your o…nly income, then you don't have to file. Optionally, you send in a 1040EZ. On line 1 write $0 for wages, salaries, and tips. Add $0 on all lines to claim moneys. After the second year, the IRS normally sends a letter to the effect that you don't have to file until your income changes.
Answer I do not think so, VA disability is not taxable. I get a 1099-R each year showing my military retirement income but nothing to show my VA disability. …
Yes, but it may be very difficult for you to determine your own eligibility for a Chapter 7 filing. Attorneys have automated software programs to assist them with this q…uestion. Part of the bankruptcy filing paperwork is a form commonly known as the "Chapter 7 Means Test". It is actually about 4 different "tests" grafted together into one form, in a format where you only take the subsequent tests if you "flunk" the previous one. If you "flunk" all of them, you have to check a box on the first page that informs the Court and the Trustee that your Chapter 7 filing is "presumptively abusive" of the bankruptcy code, and the Trustee then has an affirmative duty to seek the dismissal of your case, or its conversion to a Chapter 13 case. This is not to say you are home free once you "pass" the Means Test. Your case can still be dismissed if it is later determined to be abusive of the code despite passing the Means Test. The first test is fairly simple. You just list your gross income. If you are filing jointly with your spouse, you must list both gross incomes. If your gross income is less than the state average for a household of your size, you pass, and you don't have to fill out the rest of the form. I am only familiar with the average annual income levels for Michigan, and, off the top of my head, its about $43,000 for a household of one, and about $51,000 for a household of two, with similar incremental increases for larger households. If you flunk the gross income test, you move on to the next one, which allows you to deduct from gross income your payroll taxes and average living expenses for your region of the country. This might be a little tough to do, although the data exists out there somewhere, maybe on the IRS web site. If you can claim enough deductions in this second test, you might just qualify. The third test allows you do deduct your mortgage payments and car payments, so if you have larger than average car payments and house payments, you might just pass that one. Finally, they have a fourth test which basically tries to figure out if forcing you into a Chapter 13 bankruptcy would yield enough money for your general unsecured creditors to make the time and trouble of a Chapter 13 case worthwhile. You can certainly find a copy of the Means Test form online and plug in some numbers to get an inkling about whether you qualify. So, there is no simple answer to your question. There is no bright-line cut-off point. In my practice it is not unusual for a suburban family of four with two late-model cars and a big house to qualify with a household income of $100,000.
no it dose not, its is concidered a non taxable income, much like social security disabilty income
Yes it does. Any form of income counts towards calculating your means test. Social Security incomes do not count as income. I just visited my lawyer today. The only question …we had was if my VA Disability would count, because there is nothing in the books that show one way or the other about VA disability. It specifically states that SSDI does not apply or count towards your income with filing Chapter 7/13. Although they are going to check, they are positive that disability income of any sort does not apply towards your income. IF you are:a veteran, ANDyou are disabled (as defined in 38 U.S.C. §3741(1)),The term "disabled veteran" means (A) a veteran who is entitled to compensation under laws administered by the Secretary for a disability rated at 30 percent or more, or (B) a veteran whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in line of duty. ANDyour indebtedness occurred primarily during a period in which you were: on active duty (as defined in 10 U.S.C. §101(d)(1)), orThe term "active duty" means full-time duty in the active military service of the United States. Such term includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, and attendance, while in the active military service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned. Such term does not include full-time National Guard duty.performing a homeland defense activity (as defined in 32 U.S.C. §901(1)), Title 32. National Guard / Chapter 9. Homeland Defense Activities / § 901. Definitions: In this chapter: (1) The term "homeland defense activity" means an activity undertaken for the military protection of the territory or domestic population of the United States, or of infrastructure or other assets of the United States determined by the Secretary of Defense as being critical to national security, from a threat or aggression against the United States. THEN you are exempt from the means test.
If you have a job or have any type of income, yes.
Can your VA Disability income be used in calculating total income for a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing?
yes ,under Florida law. ------------------------- That is incorrect, VA Disability benefits are not considered income and are protected under U.S. Code, Title 38, §5301(a)
i got 2 children under the age of 16 and me and my girlfriend has unearned income can we still file? im on unemployment and she draws ssi
The income approach is used to estimate the market value of income producing properties such as office buildings, warehouses etc.
MY tercher told me ,that has 3 method to calculate. 1.income method -total all money earn by factors of production ( wage,rent ,interest,profit) 2.output metho…d - total value of all output produced in the economy(value added for manufactured goods) 3.expenditure method (total of capital asserts) all money on goods and servise +adiction to stock+(import spending-export spending)+(subsidies-taxes) the earned income of workers added together then subtracted from investors profit .
Depending on some things, like when the tax was paid and when the BK was filed, the refund is like any other asset and available to creditors. The trustee or court would… take it and pay it to creditors according to their standing in the case.
Can I use my son's social security to pay my bills I've raised my my 3 child on my disability income from the VA for years. I'm in dept.?
The simple answer is to call the Social Security Administration's Customer Service phone line. I've always found them very helpful and you can rely on their answer.
Just filed? Just like always, except one would expect that it would be something the administrator will want, along with confirming the status of the account with the IR…S. The business last filing should be after it dissolves.
The simple answer to this question yes and no. Can a judge do anything they want with judicial immunity? The answer is yes. It's up to the lawyers to present the law and convi…nce the judge. If they fail to do that the court can and has in many cases made improper rulings. Is VA Compensation supposed to be used by the court to do child support? No. Is VA Compensation the same as disability? No, this mistake is common because a disability is an eligibility requirement. If you are hit by a car, the insurance company will pay the medical and costs to fix your car in restitution for the accident. It is also not a benefit. You wouldn't call a military funeral a benefit. Benefits are things like reduced camping fees. VA Compensation is restitution. Is it legal to use VA Compensation for Spousal Support? No, both the cases of Mansell v Mansell and Rose v Rose demonstrate it was excluded for spousal support. However you have to go back to the Tennessee Court of Appeal to see they overruled the lower court on the spousal support. The Supreme Court applauded and agreed to their interpretation on page 481 at 625. Justice O'Connor provided a dissenting opinion to this matter but prefaced this opinion by stating the other 7 justices disdain her opinion. When the US Congress responded to the case with the Department of Veterans Affairs Act of 1988 they made no change to the section 3101 she identified when it was made 5301. It has gone unchanged since 1988. In not so subtle words, telling her Congress disdains the opinion as well. Is it legal for the COURT to use VA Compensation for Child Support? Tricky answer. Prior to the Rose v Rose case of 1987 the Veterans Administration was failing to do its job by spitting the payments when a dependent was not living with the veteran. This is what the Rose v Rose case was about. The US Supreme Court ruled under the existing language of 38 USC 211 the states had the "deep moral" responsibility of assuming this federal authority. The Federal Government had just enacted the Child Support Enforcement Act taking Authority over the establishment and enforcement of Child Support. This act dictates policy and oversees the programs administrated by the states. The basic understanding here is the states were essentially required to act in the failure of the Veterans Administration. From 1975 to 1987 the answer is yes. From 1988 to present the answer is no. The US Congress responded to this case by firing the Veterans Administration. They enacted the Department of Veterans Affairs Act of 1988 and completely rewrote Title 38 in its entirety. 38 USC § 211 - 1987 "The decisions rendered by the Administrator on any question of law or fact under any law administered by the Veterans' Administration providing benefits for veterans." 38 USC § 511 - 1988 "The Secretary shall decide all questions of law and fact necessary to a decision by the Secretary under a law that affects the provision of benefits by the Secretary to veterans or the dependents or survivors of veterans. Subject to subsection (b)(Appeals Processes), the decision of the Secretary as to any such question shall be final and conclusive and may not be reviewed by any other official or by any court, whether by an action in the nature of mandamus or otherwise." This response of Congress declared Sole Authority for the new department and obligates the USDVA to divide the compensation through apportionment for dependents. Is it legal for the Department of Veterans Affairs to divide VA Compensation? Yes, the new USDVA is now currently paying on over 30,000 cases of apportionment for those that properly follow the legal process. The correct course of law is not to go to court to divide the VA Compensation. That would be like asking them to split up a food stamp card. You would go back to the Food Stamp office and update your information and get separate card. For VA Apportionment it is very similar and legally called an Apportionment. When a person separates from a Veteran, they need to go to a Veteran Services office and request help completing VA Form 21-4138. A spouse can apply for benefit apportionment for themselves until a divorce is complete and any children in their custody. During the divorce you are still the spouse and a dependent. Once a final divorce decree is made, only children will remain as dependents. The parent or guardian needs to have the State Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) complete a copy of vba-21-4138. The OCSE should complete the form. They need to specifically state how much child support is awarded based on NOT including any payments under Title 38. They also need to specifically identify a monetary amount for the "NEED" of the child. This can be either the state standard or based on special needs as long as documentation is provided. The USDVA needs this to see the exact amount needed to fill the gap. Any conditions of abuse or other factors of the child's life should be included with documentation. These will also be taken into consideration.