January 23, 2017
Like all states, Minnesota has its own set of bankruptcy exemptions that you may use when filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case. Exemptions determine what property (such as a home, car, instrument, retirement account, etc.) you may keep in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and how much you must pay to certain creditors in Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
In Minnesota, you may use either the Minnesota state exemptions (listed below) or the federal bankruptcy exemptions (you can find these in Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions). You cannot mix and match from each list. If you choose to use the Minnesota state exemptions, you may also use any applicable amounts in the federal nonbankruptcy exemptions.
Unless noted otherwise, if a couple is married and filing jointly in Minnesota, each spouse may claim the full amount of each exemption. This is informally called “doubling.”
Unless otherwise noted, all law references are to the Minnesota Statutes (Minn. Stat.).
510.01 & 510.02 & 550.37 - $390,000 for a home and the land it is situated ($975,000 if used primarily for agriculture up to 160 acres). Spouses may not double. Manufactured homes up to an unlimited value.
550.37 - Motor vehicle up to $4,600 ($46,000 if modified for disability); clothing, food, utensils, and watches; furniture, appliances, radio, TV, and photographs, up to $10,350 total; books; burial plot; church pew or seat; proceeds for damaged or destroyed exempt property; personal injury and wrongful death recoveries; wedding rings up to $2,817.50.
550.37 - The greater of following: 40 times the federal minimum hourly wage or minimum of 75% of weekly disposable wages.
353.15 - Public employees.
352.15(1) - State employees.
352B.071 - Highway patrol.
176.175(2) - Workers' compensation.
268.192(2) - Unemployment compensation.
550.37 - Public assistance.
550.38 - Veterans' benefits.
611A.60 - Crime victims' compensation.
Tools of Trade
550.37 - Tools, library, furniture, machines, instruments, implements and stock in trade up to $11,500 total; Farm machines, implements, livestock, produce and crops of farmers. (Total cannot exceed $13,000.) Teaching materials of a university, college, public school or public institution teacher of unlimited value and not subject to $13,000 limit.
64B.18 - Fraternal benefit society benefits.
550.37 - Life insurance proceeds if beneficiary is spouse or child, up to $46,000 plus additional $11,500 per dependent; unmatured life insurance contract dividends, interest, loan, cash, or surrender value if insured is the debtor or someone the debtor depends upon up to $9,200; police, fire, or beneficiary association benefits.
550.39 - Disability proceeds.
550.37 - Earnings of a minor child.
Add any applicable Federal Nonbankruptcy Exemptions.
This list includes the majority of bankruptcy exemptions available in Minnesota. However, it may not include all exemptions, and states often create exceptions to specific exemptions. In addition, Minnesota may have changed the amounts since this list was last updated. Consider checking with your local bankruptcy court or an attorney.