Bankruptcy vs IVA

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Much like an IVA, bankruptcy is another option for dealing with your debts but is often looked upon as a ‘last resort’. For some people bankruptcy may be the ideal solution for their debts and circumstances, for others an IVA may be more suitable.

In summary if you haven’t got any high value assets, live in rented accommodation and don’t have an affected occupation then bankruptcy could be your best option.
If you are a homeowner and do not want to lose your home; your occupation is excluded from bankruptcy and you have assets you want to protect then an IVA may be more suitable for your situation.

Is it publicly advertisedDetails of your IVA can be found on the insolvency register on the internetBankruptcy orders are advertised in your local paper and the London Gazette
Can i still run my business?Yes, you can still run your business as a company director and can keep your professional status (Accountant, solicitor, police officer etc)You can still continue to trade as self employed, but not as a limited company, certain occupations are also affected (accountant, lawyer, company director)
Can i keep my assets?Yes, you can exclude some assets from your IVA ProposalAny high valued asset will be sold by the trustee to raise capital to pay back to your creditors
Can i keep my bank account?Yes, although some facilities may be removed in some circumstancesYour accounts will be frozen at time of bankruptcy, it is down to the discretion of the bank whether to let you have your account back, you will still have a bank account during bankruptcy.
Do i have to go to court? No, your insolvency practitioner will attend the creditors meeting on your behalf, you do need to be available via telephone at the time of your creditors meetingYou will need to go to your local court to hand in your bankruptcy petition and statement of affairs, you need to attend in person to swear an affidavit to state the details in your petition are true and correct
Will i be debt free?Yes after you have completed your IVA any outstanding amount will be wiped offYes once bankrupt all of your unsecured debts will be wiped off
How long does it takeIVA is usually active for around 5 yearsYou can be discharged from bankruptcy automatically in 12 months
How much does it costYou will be required to make a monthly repayments for 60 monthsIf you have disposable income left at the end of the month, you could be subject to an income payment agreement (IPA). IPA requires you to pay a monthly repayment over 36 months.

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