Nebraska Bankruptcy Exemptions

Updated December 27, 2016

Like all states, Nebraska has its own set of exemptions that you may use when filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. 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. Some states allow debtors to choose between the state exemption system and a set of federal bankruptcy exemptions – but Nebraska is not one of them. In Nebraska, you must use the state exemptions below. In addition to this list, you may also use any applicable amounts in the  federal nonbankruptcy exemptions.

Unless noted otherwise, if a couple is married and filing jointly in Nebraska, each spouse may claim the full amount of each exemption. This is informally called “doubling.”

To learn more about bankruptcy exemptions, including how they work, which state exemption system you should use, and special rules for the homestead exemption, see  Bankruptcy Exemptions – What Can I Keep When I File for Bankruptcy?  

Nebraska Bankruptcy Exemptions

Unless otherwise noted, all law references are to the Nevada  Revised Statutes Annotated.


40-101 - $60,000 of equity in a residential property not to exceed 2 lots in a city or 160 acres elsewhere. Sale proceeds are exempt for 6 months (40-113, 40-116).  

Personal Property

12-517 - Burial plot.

12-605 - Tombs, crypts, lots, niches, and vaults.

25-1556(1), (2), (3), and (5) - Health aids; personal possessions; clothing; furniture, household electronics, personal computers, musical instruments, appliances, and books up to $1,500.

25-1563.02 - Recovery for personal injuries.


25-1558 - For the  head of household, minimum 85% of earned but unpaid weekly earnings or pension payments. For all others, the greater of the following: 30 times the federal minimum hourly wage or 75% of earned but unpaid earnings. Judge may approve more for a  low-income debtor.


11 U.S.C. § 522 -  Tax exempt retirement accounts (including 401(k)s, 403(b)s, profit sharing and money purchase plans, SEP and SIMPLE IRAs, and defined benefit plans).  

11 U.S.C.   §  522(b)(3)(C)(n) - IRAS and Roth IRAs to $1,283,025.

23-2322 - County employees.

25-1559 - Military disability benefits.

25-1563.01 - ERISA-qualified benefits needed for support including IRAs and Roth IRAs.

48-1401 - Public employees' deferred compensation.

79-948 - School employees.

84-1324 - State employees.

Public Benefits

48-149 - Workers' compensation.

48-647 - Unemployment compensation.

68-148 - General assistance to the poor.

68-1013 - Aid to blind, aged, and disabled; public assistance.

25-1553 - Earned income tax credit.

Tools of Trade

25-1556(4) - Tools or equipment up to $2,400, including a motor vehicle use to commute to work. Spouses may double.


44-371 - Life insurance or annuity contract proceeds up to $100,000.


25-1552 - $2,500 of any property except wages.


Add any applicable Federal Nonbankruptcy Exemptions.

Confirming Exemptions

This list includes the majority of bankruptcy exemptions available in Nebraska. However, it may not include all exemptions, and states often create exceptions to specific exemptions. In addition, Nebraska may have changed the amounts since this list was last updated.  Consider checking  with your local bankruptcy court or bankruptcy attorney.

Talk to a Lawyer

Need a lawyer? Start here.

How it Works

  1. Briefly tell us about your case
  2. Provide your contact information
  3. Choose attorneys to contact you

Talk to an attorney.

How It Works

  1. Briefly tell us about your case
  2. Provide your contact information
  3. Choose attorneys to contact you