Debtor Audit Information

Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-8, 119 Stat. 23 (2005), the United States Trustee Program (USTP) is authorized to contract with independent firms to perform audits of individual chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases. The purpose of the audit is to determine the accuracy, veracity, and completeness of petitions, schedules, and other information required to be provided by the debtor under sections 521 and 1322 of title 11.

The USTP is authorized to randomly designate for audit a specified uniform percentage of consumer bankruptcy cases per federal judicial district and to designate cases for exception audit in which the income or expenditures of a debtor deviate from the statistical norm of the district in which the case was filed. By statute, a debtor is required to cooperate with the audit.

Each year, by delegation from the Attorney General, the USTP issues an annual public report on the aggregate results of the audits, including the percentage of cases, by district, in which a material misstatement of income or expenditures is reported. These reports are available on the Reports & Studies page of this Web site.


March 25, 2020

As authorized in section 603(a) of Public Law 109-8, the USTP established procedures for independent audit firms to audit petitions, schedules, and other information in consumer bankruptcy cases. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 586(f), the USTP contracted with independent accounting firms to perform audits in cases designated by the USTP.

Due to ongoing public health concerns associated with COVID-19, effective immediately, the USTP is suspending its designation of new individual chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases subject to audit for an indefinite period.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have established a site with the latest information from the CDC and overarching medical community on COVID-19:


Debtor Audit
Date Subject Other Formats
December 2015 Document Request Form [PDF - 21 KB]
October 2006 SB 256 -- Section 603 Audit Procedures [PDF - 189 KB]
October 2006 Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 190 Debtor Audit Standards [PDF - 60 KB]


Updated March 24, 2020

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