Nov 09, · Nonetheless, many people assume that if their income is relatively high, they cannot file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Often this assumption is incorrect. In fact, I have successfully represented clients with household incomes above $, in Chapter 7 proceedings. For example, if a single parent with two children has net income of $4, in one month, the calculation is: $4, – $3, (the limit for a family of three from the table above) = $1, in surplus income. You are required to pay half of your surplus income to the trustee each month ($ in this example). For tax year , the requirement to file a return for a bankruptcy estate applies only if gross income is at least $12, This amount is equal to the standard deduction for married individuals filing a separate return and is generally adjusted annually.