By: Trev E. Peterson

            No, debtors in Chapter 13 cases do not have to include the COVID-19 stimulus payments received from the federal government in income payable to the Chapter 13 trustee under a Chapter 13 plan. Congress specifically excluded the COVID-19 stimulus payments from the definition of income in computing debtors’ disposable net income. So if you are currently making payments in a Chapter 13 case, the stimulus payment you have received or will receive is not income and does not have to be turned over to the Chapter 13 trustee.

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