Gonzales v. Social Security Administration
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE by Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen. Show Cause Response due by 2/26/2021. (am)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
ARTHUR MARTIN GONZALES,
CIV No. 21-0111 KBM
Commissioner of Social Security Administration,
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed in Forma
Pauperis with Financial Affidavit Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915 (Doc. 2), filed February 11,
The Court may authorize the commencement of any suit without prepayment of
fees by a person if he: (1) submits an affidavit that includes a statement of all assets he
possesses and (2) is unable to pay such fees. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). In determining
whether a movant is unable to pay within the meaning of Section 1915, the Tenth Circuit
has indicated that “[o]ne need not be absolutely destitute to proceed IFP.” Lewis v. Ctr.
Mkt., 378 F. App’x 780, 785 (10th Cir. 2010) (unpublished). Nevertheless, a motion to
proceed IFP may properly be denied if the movant can pay the required fees and still
support and provide necessities for himself and any dependents. Id.
In his affidavit, Plaintiff states that: (i) his monthly income is $5,300; and (ii) his
monthly household expenses are approximately $3,775. See Doc. 2. Thus, it appears
that Plaintiff may be able to pay the $400.00 filing fee for instituting a new case, because
his monthly income and cash exceed his monthly expenses. See Brewer v. City of
Overland Park Police Dep’t, 24 F. App’x 977, 979 (10th Cir. 2002) (litigant whose monthly
income exceeded his monthly expenses by a few hundred dollars appeared to have
sufficient income to pay filing fees and thus was not entitled to IFP status) (unpublished).
The undersigned, as a United States Magistrate Judge, lacks the authority to deny
a Motion for IFP. As such, this matter must be transferred to a District Judge if such a
denial is required.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff must either pay the applicable filing
fee or show cause in a written document to be filed with the Court no later than Friday,
February 26, 2021, why this case should not be transferred to a District Judge for his or
her consideration of Plaintiff’s Motion for IFP. If Plaintiff fails to file any response or pay
the filing fee, the matter will be reassigned to a District Judge.
HONORABLE KAREN B. MOLZEN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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