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

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

Coronavirus Law Changes to Consumer Bankruptcy

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New $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief law makes modest but potentially important temporary changes to both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 law.   If you’re thinking about filing a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case, the new CARES law may help, at least slightly. If instead you’re thinking about a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case, the new law helps in more … Read More

Avoiding the Disadvantages of a 5-Year Chapter 13 Case

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There are financial, credit record, risk, and emotional disadvantages to a 5-year Chapter 13 case that you might avoid through smart timing.   Our last two blog posts were about how the last 6 calendar months of income of a person filing a Chapter 13 case can determine whether his or her Chapter 13 payment plan lasts only 3 years … 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

Finishing a Chapter 13 Case Successfully

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Although a Chapter 13 case lasts so much longer than a Chapter 7 one, it often has huge advantages. But you have to complete it successfully.     Once your Chapter 13 payment plan gets approved at the “confirmation hearing,” your case is on its way. Now you have to comply with that plan to get the advantages that Chapter … Read More

Smart Timing Can Make Your Chapter 13 Case Shorter

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Smart timing of your Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case can sometimes allow you to finish your payment plan faster and save lots of money.   Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Two days ago we showed the importance of timing in the filing of a Chapter 7 case. The timing can affect whether you can qualify to be in a … Read More