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Self-employment net income exempt: Dziedzic

In re Dziedzic 08-14061 (Decision March 24, 2009; Judge Bucki, Buffalo): Personal services income exemption for self-employed applies to net income only. Debtor, a self-employed chiropractor, asserted a 90% personal services exemption for services rendered 60 days prior to filing, pursuant to NY CPLR Sect. 5205(d). According to debtor's schedules, only 18.2% of gross business revenue represented personal income, the rest was for overhead. Debtor had $5,625.49 in the bank when the case was filed, plus $100 cash. $2,500 was exempt cash and the debtor did not claim an exemption for another $2,079.38. Of the balance of $1,146.11, the debtor claimed 90% exempt. The court agreed with the trustee that only 90% of 18.2% of this money was exempt, as only 18.2% was actual "earnings" as that word is used in the exemption statute, CPLR 5205(d).

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