South Dakota Bankruptcy Exemptions


43-31-1 & 43-31-2 & 43-31-5 - Real property, including mobile home if larger than 240 square feet and registered in the State at least 6 months prior to filing bankruptcy, of unlimited value; but cannot exceed 1 acre in a town or 160 acres elsewhere. Sale proceeds are exempt for 1 year after sale up to $30,000 (up to $170,000 if a widow, widower, or over 70 years old and not married). Spouse or child of a deceased owner may also claim exemption. Cannot include gold or silver mine, mill, or smelter.

Personal Property

43-45-2 - All debtors may claim clothing; food and fuel to last 1 year; bible and books up to $200; pictures; church pew; burial plot.

43-45-4 - $4,000 of any personal property; $6,000 if head of family.

47-29-25 - Cemetery association property.


15-20-12 - Earned wages owing 60 days prior to filing for bankruptcy, needed for support.

24-8-10 - Wages of prisoners in work programs.


11 U.S.C. § 522 - Tax exempt retirement accounts; Traditional and Roth IRAs up to $1,095,000 per person.

3-12-115 - Public employees.

9-16-47 - City employees.

43-45-16 - ERISA-qualified benefits up to $1,000,000 of income and distribution.

Public Benefits

23A-28B-24 - Crime victims' compensation.

28-7A-18 - Public assistance.

61-6-28 - Unemployment compensation.

62-4-42 - Workers' compensation.

Tools of Trade

See Personal Property.


43-45-6 - Life insurance proceeds if beneficiary is surviving spouse or child up to $10,000.

58-12-4 - Health benefits up to $20,000; endowment or life insurance policy, proceeds or cash value up to $20,000.

58-12-8 - Annuity contract proceeds up to $250 per month.

58-15-70 - Life insurance proceeds if policy prohibits use to pay creditors.

58-37A-18 - Fraternal benefit society benefits.

Other - Add any applicable Federal Nonbankruptcy Exemptions


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