The Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) was signed into law on August 23rd, 2019, and went into effect on February 19, 2020. For small businesses struggling with debts, this act could help them file for bankruptcy relief without the loss of their business in liquidation and without having to incur the extreme costs of a typical Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy case. The rules of the SBRA make it much less expensive for small businesses to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If you’re considering filing a case as an individual or small business, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help you file for Chapter 13, Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief in Jackson, MN and the surrounding area.
The SBRA provides subchapter rules to Chapter 11 that essentially lower the total cost of filing for businesses with debt loads equal to or less than $2,725,625.00 (excepting debts to affiliated parties or business insiders). Before this act, Chapter 11 business debt reorganization bankruptcy was considered so costly that most small businesses weren’t able to afford it.
Since the enactment of the SBRA, many small businesses now have the ability to file Chapter 11 and keep their company operations running rather than filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and having their businesses liquidated.
The first and foremost way the SBRA reduces costs of Chapter 11 for small businesses is by eliminating all fees except the initial filing fee. Other ways that costs are reduced include the following:
- The court assigns a trustee to the small business case. This trustee acts similarly to a trustee in a Chapter 13 (reorganization bankruptcy for individuals) and helps keep the business on track for repayment throughout the case.
- There is no appointed committee of creditors, and this eliminates costs of creditors’ legal professionals that the filer could be partially responsible for.
- The repayment plan confirmation process is streamlined because the court will not require a disclosure statement that provides repayment details to creditors. This prevents possible contested hearings and extensions of the case that could add additional costs.
- Finally, the SRBA reduces strict confirmation requirements for repayment plans. Plans will be approved as long as they don’t discriminate against specific creditors and the repayment amounts are reasonable with respect to projected monthly business income and projected monthly business expenses and the current debts of the business. This quick confirmation process prevents drawn out, costly back-and-forth interactions between creditors and the business filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief.
This brief overview of the changes made to Chapter 11 bankruptcy through the Small Business Reorganization Act is just a general look into the new law. To learn more on how the SBRA may affect your ability to file, you can view all the details on congress.gov.
For more information about filing for Chapter 13, Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Jackson, MN as an individual or as a business, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today or firstname.lastname@example.org.