Recent headlines noted that March 2022 saw a 33.5% increase in bankruptcy filings over February. This could suggest the coming swell in bankruptcy cases anticipated since the start of the COVID pandemic. However, bankruptcy professionals recognize that consumer filings always spike in March (see chart). This phenomenon is usually attributed to the tendency to avoid filing in January and February so folks can receive and spend tax refunds, thereby avoiding the requirement to turn them over to the bankruptcy trustee. An additional factor is that by March, holiday bills and tax liabilities are coming due, and folks may . . .
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