An Income Tax Chapter 13 Plan

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An income tax chapter 13 plan lets you to pay the IRS whatever you can afford, avoid some or all penalties, and stop interest from accruing.   Today we put the facts of last week’s blog post into a Chapter 13 plan, showing how it actually works. You’ll see how Chapter 13 saves you money and avoids stress as you … Read More

Income Tax Penalties and Interest in Chapter 13

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Chapter 13 can save you money with both already accrued and ongoing income tax penalties and interest. So you pay less and finish faster.   Last week we got into the advantages of paying priority income taxes through a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case. Those are the usually-recent income taxes which cannot be written off (“discharged”) in bankruptcy. Today … Read More

More Resolving Mortgage Accounting Disputes

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Chapter 13 gives you a good way to resolve accounting disputes about a lender’s additional fees and charges, and whether you’ve cured the default.   Last week we described a Chapter 13 procedure to force mortgage lenders to resolve mortgage accounting disputes. This procedure focuses on changes to the monthly mortgage payment amount during the case. These are often just … Read More

Resolve Mortgage Accounting Disputes

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It’s often hard to get straight answers from your lender about the right monthly payment amount. Here’s one way to resolve mortgage accounting disputes.   Catching Up on Your Mortgage over Time A Chapter 13 case gives you the power to catch up on your home mortgage(s) over an extended period.  This “adjustment of debts” type of bankruptcy can give … Read More

A Powerful, Affordable, Flexible Way to Catch up on Your Mortgage

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Chapter 13 gives you a powerful, affordable, flexible, safe and successful method to catch up on your missed payment and save your home.   Chapter 7 “Straight Bankruptcy” and Chapter 13 “Adjustment of Debts” The two main consumer bankruptcy options are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.Most Chapter 7 cases only takes a few months—usually 3 to 4 months—from filing to … Read More

Use Chapter 13 to Protect Home Equity

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Chapter 13 gives you a unique, safe, flexible, and practical way to protect home equity that is larger than your homestead exemption.   The Problem of Too Much Home Equity Our last two blog posts were about protecting the equity in your home through the homestead exemption. Two weeks ago was about protecting the current equity; last week about protecting future equity. The blog … Read More

During 2019 You Can Include 2018 Income Tax Debt in Chapter 13

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If you owe 2018 income tax you can now include that tax into a new Chapter 13 case and payment plan.     Have you been considering filing bankruptcy and now also expect to owe income taxes for 2018? If so, the start of 2019 gives you more reason to file a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case. Why? Because … Read More

Which Month You File Chapter 13 Can Cut Years Off Your Case

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If you definitely need a Chapter 13 case, which month you file it can make the difference between your payment plan lasting 3 years or 5.   In two blog posts last month (November 12 and 19) we showed how filing bankruptcy by the end of December 31 might allow you to file a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case instead … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Reject a Vehicle Lease in Chapter 13

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Chapter 7 is the cleanest way to reject a vehicle lease and owe nothing. But if you have other reasons to be in Chapter 13, that works too.   Ending a Vehicle Lease in Chapter 7 Our last blog post was about how a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” can get you out of a vehicle lease. You can “reject” a … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Vehicle Loan Cramdown, Illustrated

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Chapter 13 can often give you the ability to reduce both your monthly payment and the total you pay on your vehicle loan. Here’s how it works.   Cramdown in Chapter 13 Last week we introduced cramdown as an extremely helpful tool for reducing the cost of your vehicle loan. Cramdown can often: Reduce your monthly payments—sometimes significantly. Reduce the … Read More

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

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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