The Eviction Moratorium and Chapter 13

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Photo by Patrick Perkins on Unsplash. The CDC’s recent temporary eviction moratorium does not forgive any unpaid rent. Chapter 13 lets you catch up on that back rent over time. Our blog post two weeks ago was about a recent federal order temporarily stopping certain residential evictions throughout the country. Check out that blog post to see who is covered … Read More

Chapter 7 and the Eviction Moratorium

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash. The CDC’s recent temporary eviction moratorium adds a new tool around which to plan your bankruptcy filing. Here are some Chapter 7 strategies. Last week’s blog post was about a new federal order temporarily stopping certain residential evictions throughout the country. Please see that blog post about which renters and rental properties are covered, … Read More

Bankruptcy’s Effect on an Income Tax Lien

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Photo by Joshua Sukoff on Unsplash. An income tax lien creates challenges, so try to file bankruptcy to prevent one. Otherwise, bankruptcy can often help deal with a tax lien. This blog post continues a series about the smart timing of your bankruptcy filing. (It was interrupted by two blog posts updating federal unemployment benefits.) The last one in this … Read More

Timing to Avoid Tax Interest and Penalties

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Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash. How you time your bankruptcy case filing can affect whether, or how much, you pay the accrued, or future, income tax interest and penalties. This blog post is in a series about the importance of smart timing of your bankruptcy filing. Today we cover how good bankruptcy timing can prevent you having to pay … Read More

Timing Chapter 13 to Discharge Income Taxes

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Photo by Bekky Bekks on Unsplash. You can discharge income taxes in a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case as you can in a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy.” Here’s how it’s different. Our blog post of three weeks ago introduced the importance of timing your bankruptcy filing right. We gave a list of 15 examples where timing can make a … Read More

Including New Debts in Bankruptcy

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Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash Bankruptcy only includes debts that you owe at the time you file your case, not new debts you incur after filing. So timing is crucial. In last week’s blog post we introduced how to time your bankruptcy filing. We gave a list of 15 examples of timing considerations. Today we start with the first … Read More

If You Have Unpaid Child/Spousal Support

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash If you’re considering bankruptcy, should you pay unpaid child/spousal support in the meantime?  Might depend on whether you do Chapter 7 or 13. Our last three blog posts have been about what you should and should not do before filing bankruptcy. Three weeks ago we focused on keeping your assets, especially any retirement … Read More

Incurring New Debt When Considering Bankruptcy

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Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash Should you be incurring new debt if bankruptcy may be on your horizon? What are the risks and potential consequences if you do? Two weeks ago we listed 5 crucial things you’d benefit from learning about if you’re thinking about bankruptcy: if bankruptcy is indeed the best option for you how Chapter 7, 11, … Read More

Get Bankruptcy Legal Advice

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Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash These are financially very challenging times for many. One of the best decisions you can make is to get free bankruptcy legal advice now. What Businesses Do Before Filing Bankruptcy The following are just a few of the companies which have filed business bankruptcy in the last couple months: Pier 1 Imports CMX Cinemas … Read More

New Mortgage Forbearance Law

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April’s one-month increase in delinquent home mortgages was the largest in U.S. history. The new mortgage forbearance law is a major reason.

New 7-Year Amended Chapter 13 Plans

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash The new coronavirus law temporarily allows amend Chapter 13 plans to extend to a 7-year period instead of the current 5-year maximum.      Last month we described the changes to bankruptcy law made by the coronavirus CARES Act enacted on March 27, 2020. One of those changes is the ability to extend the length … Read More

Student Loan Payments Suspended

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The new COVID-19 law temporarily suspends most, but not all, federal student loan monthly payments, accruing interest, and debt collections.      The 880-page Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) has 4 pages of help for certain student loan borrowers. Section 3513 of CARES. It provides meaningful albeit temporary help, for those who qualify by having the right kind … Read More

New Greatly Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

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A series of new very beneficial unemployment benefits are coming from the massive coronavirus relief law—much more money for many more people.      Our blog post last week was about the emergency $1,200 Economic Impact Payment that’s “rapidly” coming to most American adults. (Plus $500 for each qualifying dependent child.) For updates on this payment since then, see the … Read More

IRS Postpones Tax Deadline to July 15

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The IRS just postponed the April 15 deadline BOTH to file your income tax return and to pay the taxes, for individuals AND businesses.     IRS Income Tax Return Deadline Postponed Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has postponed the deadline to file federal income tax returns by 3 months. This was announced (on Twitter, no less!) on … Read More