Vermont State Exemption List

Federal or State Exemptions Allowed

In the state of Vermont you may use either the federal bankruptcy exemptions or the state bankruptcy exemptions.  There may be certain federal supplemental exemptions you can use if you choose the Vermont State Exemptions. All exemptions should be discussed with your Vermont Bankruptcy Attorney.

Vermont has created bankruptcy exemptions to allow you to maintain enough public benefits, wages, personal property and insurance to start over after filing bankruptcy in Vermont. There may be certain residency requirements to use the Vermont state exemption list.

The following table will outline the Vermont State Exemptions. Many of your assets may not have a matching exemption on this list.

Exemptions Exemption Amount Statutes


$75,000. May include outbuildings, rents, issues, and profits. Spouse of deceased owner may claim

Tenancies by the entirety are exempt without limit as to debts of one spouse
(27 V.S.A. § 105)
21 B.R. 736 (D. Ver. 1982)].
Personal Property

Motor vehicles up to $2,500; clothing, goods, furnishings, appliances, books, musical instruments, animals and crops up to $2,500 total; refrigerator, stove, freezer, water heater, heating unit and sewing machines; health aids; bank deposits up to $700; wedding ring; jewelry up to $500; 500 gallons of oil, 5 tons of coal or 10 cords of firewood; 500 gallons of bottled gas; lost future earnings for yourself or a person you depended upon; personal injury and wrongful death recoveries for a person you depended upon; 1 cow, 10 sheep, 10 chickens, 3 swarms of bees, and feed to last 1 winter; 1 yoke of oxen or steers, 2 horses, 2 harnesses, 2 halters, 2 chains, 1 plow and 1 ox yoke; growing crops up to $5,000.

400 of any property; plus $7,000, less any amount claimed for clothing, goods, furnishings, appliances, books, musical instruments, animals, crops, motor vehicle, jewelry, tools of trade and growing crops, of any property.
Wages The greater of the following: 30 times the federal minimum hourly wage or minimum of 75% of disposable weekly earnings. Judge may approve more for low income debtors; all wages if you received welfare during the 2 months prior to filing for bankruptcy. 12-3170

Tax exempt retirement accounts; Traditional and Roth IRAs up to $1,095,000 per person.
State employees.
Self-directed accounts including IRAs and Keoghs as long as contributions were made more than 1 year before filing; other pensions.
Municipal employees.

11 U.S.C. § 522
Public Benefits

Veterans' benefits, Social Security, and crime victims' compensation needed for support.

Workers' compensation.

Unemployment compensation.

General assistance; aid to blind, aged, and disabled.

Tools of Trade

Tools and books of trade up to $5,000.

Alimony and Child Support Alimony and child support needed for support 12-2740

Life insurance proceeds if policy prohibits use to pay creditors.
Life insurance proceeds if insured is not the beneficiary.
Group life or health benefits.
Annuity contract benefits up to $350 per month.
Health benefits up to $200 per month.
Fraternal benefit society benefits.
Not matured life insurance contract (but not credit insurance policy); disability or illness benefits needed for support; life insurance proceeds for a person you depended upon.

For more information call us at 866-210-1722 or fill out the form below.

Contact Us Today

Price Law Group - Bankruptcy Attorney
Call Toll Free: 866.210.1722