Bankruptcy Discharges Income Tax Debts (Some of Them)

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Bankruptcy discharges income tax debts. They just need to meet some conditions, mostly based on when they were due and whether and when filed.   Bankruptcy DOES Write Off Income Taxes There are certain very special debts that bankruptcy never discharges (writes off). Child and spousal support is a good example. See Sections 523(a)(5) and 101(14A) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Income taxes are … Read More

Get Rid of More Income Tax Debts through Bankruptcy in 2019

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Discharge more income tax debts through smart timing. You may be able to do so by filing your bankruptcy after certain dates of 2019.   The right timing of the filing of a bankruptcy case can make a tremendous difference. Our last 8 blog posts have all been about smart timing. If you need to use the bankruptcy laws to … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: An Income Tax Lien on a Nondischargeable Tax

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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: 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

Dealing with Multiple Years of Income Tax Debts through Chapter 7

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If you owe some income tax which qualifies for discharge and some that doesn’t, can Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” help you?   Tax Liens under Chapter 7  Last week we showed how Chapter 7 can sometimes permanently prevent an income tax lien from hitting your home. It does that by stopping the recording of the tax lien, and then discharging … Read More

Chapter 7 May Forever Stop a Tax Lien on Your Home

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Filing a Chapter 7 case stops a tax lien recording on your home, and so may stop that tax from turning into one you must pay.   Our last blog post was about how filing a Chapter 7 case buys you time with debts on your home. It’s worth expanding on one of those Chapter 7 benefits, one that can … Read More