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Indiana Tenancy by Entirety Exemptions

Exemption: Tenancy by the entirety is recognized in Indiana. ICA 32-4-2-1. Any interest that a debtor has in real estate held as a tenant by the entirety is exempt under state law unless the debtor and spouse file a joint petition for relief. ICA 34-55-10-2(b)(5).

Citation: Stat. - Ind. Code Ann. § 34-55-10-2 (c)(5)

Ind. Code Ann. § 34-55-10-2 (c)(5):
34-55-10-2 List of exemptions; limitations

Sec. 2. (a) This section does not apply to judgments obtained before October 1, 1977.

(b) The amount of each exemption under subsection (c) applies until a rule is adopted by the department of financial institutions under section 2.5 of this chapter.

(c) The following property of a debtor domiciled in Indiana is exempt:

(1) Real estate or personal property constituting the personal or family residence of the debtor or a dependent of the debtor, or estates or rights in that real estate or personal property, of not more than fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000)($17,600)*($19,300)**. The exemption under this subdivision is individually available to joint debtors concerning property held by them as tenants by the entireties.
(2) Other real estate or tangible personal property of eight thousand dollars ($8,000)($9,350)*($10,250)**.
(3) Intangible personal property, including choses in action, deposit accounts, and cash (but excluding debts owing and income owing), of three hundred dollars ($300)($350)*($400)**.
(4) Professionally prescribed health aids for the debtor or a dependent of the debtor.
(5) Any interest that the debtor has in real estate held as a tenant by the entireties. The exemption under this subdivision does not apply to a debt for which the debtor and the debtor' s spouse are jointly liable.
(6) An interest, whether vested or not, that the debtor has in a retirement plan or fund to the extent of:
(A) contributions, or portions of contributions, that were made to the retirement plan or fund by or on behalf of the debtor or the debtor's spouse:
(i) which were not subject to federal income taxation to the debtor at the time of the contribution; or
(ii) which are made to an individual retirement account in the manner prescribed by Section 408A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
(B) earnings on contributions made under clause (A) that are not subject to federal income taxation at the time of the levy; and
(C) roll-overs of contributions made under clause (A) that are not subject to federal income taxation at the time of the levy.
(7) Money that is in a medical care savings account established under IC 6- 8-11.
(8) Any interest the debtor has in a qualified tuition program, as defined in Section 529(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, but only to the extent funds in the program are not attributable to:
(A) excess contributions, as described in Section 529(b)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and earnings on the excess contributions;
(B) contributions made by the debtor within one (1) year before the date of the levy or the date a bankruptcy petition is filed by or against the debtor, and earnings on the contributions; or
(C) the excess over five thousand dollars ($5,000) of aggregate contributions made by the debtor for all programs under this subdivision and education
savings accounts under subdivision (9) having the same designated beneficiary:
(i) not later than one (1) year before; and
(ii) not earlier than two (2) years before;
the date of the levy or the date a bankruptcy petition is filed by or against the debtor, and earnings on the aggregate contributions.
(9) Any interest the debtor has in an education savings account, as defined in Section 530(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, but only to the extent funds in the account are not attributable to:
(A) excess contributions, as described in Section 4973(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and earnings on the excess contributions;
(B) contributions made by the debtor within one (1) year before the date of the levy or the date a bankruptcy petition is filed by or against the debtor, and earnings on the contributions; or
(C) the excess over five thousand dollars ($5,000) of aggregate contributions made by the debtor for all accounts under this subdivision and qualified tuition programs under subdivision (8) having the same designated beneficiary:
(i) not later than one (1) year before; and
(ii) not earlier than two (2) years before;
the date of the levy or the date a bankruptcy petition is filed by or against the debtor, and earnings on the excess contributions.
(10) The debtor's interest in a refund or a credit received or to be received under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(d) A bankruptcy proceeding that results in the ownership by the bankruptcy estate of a debtor's interest in property held in a tenancy by the entireties does not result in a severance of the tenancy by the entireties.

(e) Real estate or personal property upon which a debtor has voluntarily granted a lien is not, to the extent of the balance due on the debt secured by the lien:

(1) subject to this chapter; or
(2) exempt from levy or sale on execution or any other final process from a court.
Last Amended: 2012
2012
As added by P.L.1-1998, SEC.51. Amended by P.L.179-2005, SEC.10; P.L.145-2008, SEC.33; P.L.44-2010, SEC.1; P.L.53-2010, SEC.1; P.L.42-2011, SEC.73, eff. April 20, 2011; P.L.160-2012, SEC.65, eff. March 20, 2012.

March 1, 2010
* Amount adjusted for inflation

March 1, 2016
** Amount adjusted for inflation
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