The amount it will cost to go Bankrupt depends on where you live. You will have to pay an application fee before you can submit your application.
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- What does it cost to go Bankrupt?
- How to save the application fee
- Can you borrow to pay for Bankruptcy?
- Sell your car to pay the bankruptcy fee
- What help can you get to pay the fee?
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The cost to go Bankrupt
You will have to pay a fee to go Bankrupt in the UK. How much is the fee and when is it payable? Is it ever possible to reduce the Bankruptcy fee? Can you pay for assistance with your Bankruptcy? To find out more please visit http://beatmydebt.com/bankruptcy/the-cost-to-go-bankrupt
What does it Cost to go Bankrupt?
The cost of bankruptcy in England & Wales is £680 per person. This includes an Application Fee of £130 and a Bankruptcy Deposit of £550.
If you wish you can pay the fee in instalments. This is useful if you can’t pay the full amount straight away.
However, the fee must be paid in full before you are able to submit your application.
The easiest way to make payments is with a credit or debit card via the application website.
The information on this page relates to going bankrupt in England & Wales only. The cost to go Bankrupt in Northern Ireland and Scotland is different.
How to save the Bankruptcy Application Fee
Given that you are already struggling with your debts the cost of bankruptcy may be a significant issue. It is unlikely you have the money you need just lying around.
Given this one option is to save the money. Saving is not easy but a way is to stop making any further payments towards your unsecured debts. You can put the money you save towards the fee.
If you do not pay your debts they may start taking action against you. If this happens you should explain you are going Bankrupt. Ask them to put your account on hold. Most will agree.
Can you Borrow to pay for the cost of Bankruptcy?
There is no reason why you should not borrow money to pay for the cost of bankruptcy. You can use any available credit facility you have to do this such as a credit card or overdraft.
Alternatively a friend or family member might help you out. You might also consider borrowing from a Payday lender.
You may find the idea of borrowing more money to pay for Bankruptcy wrong. However you are allowed to do this. After all the Government’s own website allows you to pay the fee with your credit card.
If you borrow the money to pay for your bankruptcy from friends or family, you can pay them back. But you will have to wait until after you are discharged to do this.
Sell your Car to pay for Bankruptcy
Selling your car to pay for bankruptcy might sound radical. But it may actually be a very sensible option particularly if it is worth more than £1500 – £2000 and would be at risk anyway.
Once you are bankrupt you are allowed to keep a car if you have a reasonable need for it. However its value will normally have to be £1500 -£2000 or less. If it is worth more the Official Receiver may ask you to sell it.
In these circumstances you could sell your car before you go Bankrupt. You can then buy a replacement for less than £1000 which you will be able to keep. The difference can then be used pay your bankruptcy fee.
You must ensure that you sell your vehicle for a fair market price. Any excess cash you have after paying the fee will have to be handed to the Official Receiver.
What help can you get to pay the Bankruptcy Application Fee?
The cost of Bankruptcy cannot be reduced. Everyone who wishes to go bankrupt in England & Wales must pay the same fee regardless of income or financial circumstances.
Having said that if you are suffering real hardship it is possible that you might be able to apply for a grant to cover the cost.
Some charities and companies have Trust Funds to help in this area. The ones currently known to Beat My Debt which do offer grants are as follows:
- EFD Energy Trust
- United Utilities Trust Fund
- British Gas Energy Trust
- The Royal British Legion
- Turn2us – National Hardship Charity
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