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Important Notices
Connecticut Housing and Utilities Standards Change 5/1/2024

Note: Effective May 15, 2024, the Housing and Utilities Standards for Connecticut shall be broken down by planning regions rather than counties, to reflect the Census Bureau’s use of the State of Connecticut’s nine Regional Councils of Government, or Planning Regions, as the county equivalent for purposes of the statistical data that informs the Housing and Utilities Standards.  For more information, visit the United States Census Bureau Website, found here, or the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Website, which has a map of the Planning Regions and Regional Councils of Government, as well as a chart of the 169 municipalities in alphabetical order and the corresponding planning region and council of government.

Updated Administrative Expense Multipliers & IRS Data 5/1/2024

The Administrative Expense Multipliers and IRS’s National Standards for Allowable Living Expenses and Local Standards for Transportation and Housing and Utilities Expenses accessible through this page have been updated. The revised multipliers and standards will apply to cases filed on or after May 15, 2024.

Updated Census Bureau Median Income Data 3/15/2024

The Census Bureau's Median Family Income Data accessible through this page has been updated. The U.S. Trustee Program will apply the updated data to cases filed on or after April 1, 2024.

National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2023

The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2023 (H.R. 3315) enacted on December 19, 2023 extends for an additional four years the existing exemption from the means test for qualifying reservists and National Guard debtors who are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.  See 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2)(D)(i). A debtor may only claim the exemption if his/her case is filed while on active duty or while performing a homeland defense activity, or within the 540-day period immediately following the conclusion of active duty or the performance of a homeland defense activity.  See 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2)(D)(ii).

The exemption applies to cases commenced during the nineteen years after December 19, 2008, the effective date of the law that created the exemption.  See Pub. L. No. 110-438, § 4, 122 Stat. 5002 (2008), as amended by Pub. L. No. 112-64, § 2, 125 Stat. 766 (2011), as further amended by Pub. L. No. 114-107, § 2, 129 Stat. 2223 (2015), as further amended by Pub. L. No. 116-53, § 2, 133 Stat. 1078 (2019).

Recent Developments

USTP Position on Legal Issues Arising Under the HAVEN Act of 2019 – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers [PDF- 47 KB]