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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Office of Tom Vaughn, Chapter 13 Trustee, will not conduct in-person section 341 meetings of creditors at 55 E. Monroe, Suite 3850, Chicago, IL 60603. All meetings of creditors scheduled from Mar 16 to April 30, 2020, have been continued and will be conducted virtually via video conference. Debtor attorneys will receive Electronic Filing Notices of the continued meeting from the Bankruptcy Court with the date and time of the meeting and should contact their clients with the rescheduled meeting date and instructions on how to access the video conference.

Specific instructions will be available on the Tom Vaughn Trustee website after April 22, 2020.

Official forms:

If you have any other questions please contact the staff attorney listed above who is responsible for that case as determined by the judge assigned to it.

Please be mindful that there is a heightened emphasis to agree to matters in advance of court in order to minimize everyone's potential exposure to the coronavirus through social contacts by reducing our time in court.

Monthly disbursements will remain unchanged and continue to take place on the last business day of the month.

Judge Cox will be hearing her March 16, 23 and 30th 2020 calls in room 2525 at 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this time period.

  WARNING: The trustee’s office will NEVER
call you REQUESTING personal information
or DEMANDING you to make a payment.
All of our correspondence will be done
through US Mail or via electronic means such
as e-mail.
If you receive a suspicious telephone call
or e-mail, you should contact your attorney
Office Hours:    9:00am to 5:00pm
Correspondence    55 East Monroe St., Suite 3850
Address:    Chicago, IL   60603
Payment    Tom Vaughn, Trustee
Address:    P.O. Box 588
     Memphis, TN 38101-0588
Phone Number:    (312) 294-5900
 Fax Number:    (312) 341-7168
   January 1, 2020
Tax Return Policy
   Trustee will no longer recommend plans that require debtors to turnover tax refunds each year to trustee. Instead, where it is anticipated that debtor will receive a refund in excess of $1,200 trustee will expect to see the refund pro rated on Schedule I. If it is not pro rated, then trustee will expect to see plan payments increased by the pro rated amount of the refund.

Debtors who are not proposing 100% repayment to unsecured creditors shall be required to turnover copies of their federal income tax returns each year to trustee. The language below is to be inserted in Part 2.3 of the plan on the last line after checking the box.
   Debtor(s) shall submit a copy of their federal income tax return
to the Trustee each year, beginning with the tax return for the tax year in which this case was filed, no later than April 20th.
Attorney Email: Staff Attorneys are currently assigned
to the following judges:
  Judge Cassling
Nora Matranga
  Judge Schmetterer
Ben Kahn
  Judge Doyle
Leodis McCray
  Judge Cox
Mark Wheeler
  Please listen carefully as our menu options have recently changed. Please call 312-294-5900 if you need to speak directly to any staff attorney.
  Filing Instructions
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning 9/1/2019, we will no longer accept taxes and related items via email. All documents submitted to the Trustee will need to be submitted via our portal. To access the portal, you will need a login and password which can be requested by sending an email to . You will receive a confirmation email which includes a link to the portal.

If you are a debtor attorney requesting a login, please include the law firm’s name and one of your case number when making your request. If you are a Pro-Se debtor requesting a login, please include your case number and state that you are representing yourself. Debtors, please submit your documents to your attorney.

Please note that the Trustee will only accept the following documents via the portal:
(Tap Here to view instructions for Tax Uploads)
  • 341 Pre Confirmation Taxes (combine taxes)
  • Pay Stubs
  • DSO Declaration
  • Post Confirmation Annual Taxes

Questions or concerns for the Trustee can be e-mailed to:
(No Attachments Please)






More than 1 returned item may result in you being blocked from the e-Pay system
Pay by Phone  
Number: (877)-495-7971

Effective February 21, 2019 Chapter 13 Inquiry will migrate
to the NDC.

Debtor Attorneys: Please send a request at NDCInquiry@tvch13.net with your law firm name and case number to setup your account at NDC.

Creditors: Please visit NDC to get setup with login.

Debtor Access
Please sign up with NDC for access to your case information by clicking here:


Chapter 13 Inquiry

Other Links

United States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Illinois
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