Unexpected Benefit: An Income Tax Lien on a Nondischargeable Tax

Wasson and ThornhillTax Debts

Hit with an income tax lien on a tax that bankruptcy can’t discharge? Bankruptcy is all the more valuable so that you can afford to pay off that tax.   We’ve been talking about the effect of an income tax lien on an income tax that bankruptcy CAN discharge–legally write off. A tax lien can turn that tax from one you don’t … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Dealing with a Recorded Income Tax Lien with Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

Chapter 13 is better with a recorded tax lien because it protects you permanently from the IRS/state. And saves you big money on that tax.   Last week’s blog post was about dealing with a recorded tax lien by filing a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case.  Usually the IRS’ or state’s recording of a tax lien against you effectively requires … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Dealing with a Recorded Income Tax Lien with Chapter 7

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

If you don’t file bankruptcy fast enough to prevent a recorded tax lien, sometimes filing a Chapter 7 still allows you pay less of that tax.   The last two blog posts have been about the benefits of preventing an income tax lien recording by filing bankruptcy. That’s especially helpful if the tax at issue is an older one that can be … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Stop Collection on an Allegedly Fraudulent Debt

Wasson and ThornhillDischarge of Debts

You’re not likely to be accused of creating a fraudulent debt. But if so, bankruptcy can stop its collection. And resolve the problem.   Most Debts are Discharged (Permanently Written Off) in Bankruptcy The federal Bankruptcy Code has a list of the kinds of debts that filing bankruptcy does not discharge. This list details the conditions under which discharge does … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 13 to Permanently Stop Student Loan Collection

Wasson and ThornhillStudent Loans

Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you permanently stop student loan collection. It gives you more time and flexibility to show “undue hardship.”   The Much Better Chapter 13 “Automatic Stay”   Last time we explained how bankruptcy’s “automatic stay” immediately stops student loan collections against you. But if you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy this protection from collections lasts only the … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 7 to Permanently Stop Student Loan Collections

Wasson and ThornhillStudent Loans

Chapter 7 bankruptcy can temporarily stop student loan collections. Here are several ways it can stop these collections permanently.   Bankruptcy gives you tools to deal with special debts—including those you can’t easily write off. Last week we got into income taxes. Today we discuss student loans, focusing on this special kind of debt in Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy.” Next … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 13 to Permanently Stop Income Tax Collection

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

Bankruptcy can help you permanently stop income tax collection. That’s true even with more recent taxes that cannot be written off.   The Automatic Staying, and the Discharge, of Income Tax Debts Sometimes people are surprised to learn that filing bankruptcy gives you power over income taxes. It does so in two big ways. First, filing bankruptcy stops the IRS … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 13 to Stop Collection of Support Arrearage

Wasson and ThornhillChild & Spousal Support

Neither Chapter 7 nor Chapter 13 stops ongoing child/spousal support payments. But Chapter 13 CAN stop collection of support arrearage.    Most Debts Filing bankruptcy stops—or “stays”—the collection of most debts. (See Section 362(a) of the U.S.  Bankruptcy Code about the “Automatic Stay.”) Then at the end of the bankruptcy case most debts are discharged—legally written off. (Sections 727 and 1328 of the Bankruptcy Code.) At that point … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 13 to Escape a Tax Payment Plan

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

Chapter 7 can sometimes help you deal with unaffordable income tax payment plan. But Chapter 13 is often a better way to escape a tax mess.   Tax Agreement Payments Too High We laid out the problem last week. You’d entered into a monthly payment plan with the IRS or your state because you couldn’t pay what you owed. But … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 7 to Escape a Tax Payment Plan

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

Breaking an IRS/state income tax payment plan usually has very bad consequences. But filing bankruptcy lets you escape a tax payment plan.        Tax Installment Agreement You Can’t Afford It’s a common problem. You owed income taxes a year or two ago when you sent in your tax returns. Money was very tight so you couldn’t just pay it … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Get Back Your Just Repossessed Vehicle

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

File bankruptcy before your lender takes your vehicle. But if you couldn’t, bankruptcy may still get back your just-repossessed vehicle.   When Does a Lender Repossess a Vehicle? When CAN a vehicle lender repossess your vehicle? Just about all vehicle loan contracts let the lender repossess the minute you are late on a payment. There may be a legal grace … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Reinstate Your License Suspended for Unpaid Tickets

Wasson and ThornhillBankruptcy Advice

Bankruptcy may be able to reinstate your license suspended for unpaid traffic tickets. Depends on whether the laws violated are crimes.   We’re deep into a series of blog posts about powerful, less familiar benefits of bankruptcy. One important one is reinstating your suspended driver’s license. Whether bankruptcy can reinstate your license depends a lot on the reason for the … Read More