Alaska Bankruptcy Exemptions

The Alaska bankruptcy exemptions chart, see below, details the property you can exempt or protect from creditors when you file bankruptcy in Alaska. You may exempt any property that falls into one of the exemptions categories below, up to the dollar amount listed. You will be able to kept this exempted property after you file bankruptcy. Please note that there are certain debts which you will not be able to erase in bankruptcy. (see Non-dischargeable Debts)

An exemption limit applies to any equity you have in the property. Equity is the difference between the value of the property and what is owed on the property. For example, a car valued at $5000 with a loan of $4500 has an equity value of only $500.

If the property is secured by a loan, such as a car or home, and you are current on the payments and the equity is covered by your exemptions, you may elect to keep making payments on the loan and keep this property through the bankruptcy. If all the equity is not covered by your exemptions the trustee may elect to liquidate this asset and distribute the proceeds. Generally, in this case, you would be entitled to the value of your exemption in the asset as a cash payment.

Bankruptcy law allows married couples filing jointly to each claim a full set of exemptions, unless otherwise noted.

To keep non-exempt property, a debtor must generally pay the trustee the value of the non-exempt property.

When you file bankruptcy in Alaska you may also use certain federal exemptions in addition to your Alaska exemptions.




$72,900 in principal residence, whether single or multiple owners, but subject
to certain liens; proceeds also exempt located in Alaska for 6 months.


Disability benefits
Fraternal benefit society benefits
Insurance proceeds for personal injury, to extent wages exempt (bankruptcy judge may authorize a greater amount
Insurance proceeds for wrongful death, to extent wages are exempt.
Life insurance annuity or contract loan value to $10,000
Life insurance proceeds if beneficiary is insured's spouse or dependent, to extent wages exempt
Medical, surgical or hospital benefits


Property of business partnership
Alimony, to the extent wages are exempt
Child support payments made by a collection agency
Liquor licenses
Permits for limited entry into Alaska Fisheries


Judicial employees (only benefits building up)
Teachers (only benefits building up)
ERISA qualified benefits deposited more than 120 days before filing bankruptcy
Public employees (only benefits building up)
Other pensions to extent wages exempt (only payments being received)


Books, musical instruments, clothing, family portraits, household goods & heirlooms to $3,000 total
Building materials
Burial Plot
Health Aids needed
Jewelry to $1000
Motor vehicle to $3,000; vehicle's market value can't exceed $20,000
Personal injury recoveries, to extent wages exempt
Pets to $1,000
Proceeds for lost, damaged or destroyed exempt property
Wrongful death recoveries to extent wages exempt


Adult assistance to the elderly, blind, disabled
Alaska longevity bonus
Crime victims' compensation
Federally exempt public benefits paid or due
General relief assistance
45% of permanent fund dividends
Tuition credits under an advance college tuition payment contract
Unemployment compensation
Worker's Compensation


Implements, books & tools of trade to $2,800


Weekly net earnings to $350; for sole wage earner in a household, $550; if you don't receive weekly, monthly or semi-monthly pay, can claim $1400 in cash or liquid assets paid in any month; for sole wage earner in household, $2,200



For more information on filing bankruptcy in Alaska explore Alaska Bankruptcy Law.