Chapter 13 can prevent income tax liens on dischargeable taxes. But it’s riskier. It takes years, and you may pay some of that tax. Two weeks ago we showed how the filing of a bankruptcy case stops the recording of an income tax lien. A bankruptcy filing imposes the “automatic stay.” That law makes it illegal for the … Read More
Chapter 7 can effectively prevent income tax liens if it’s filed before a tax lien is recorded and the tax qualifies for bankruptcy discharge. Last week’s blog post was about filing bankruptcy to prevent the IRS/state from recording income tax liens on your home. The “automatic stay”—bankruptcy’s broad freeze of creditor collection actions—stops tax lien recordings immediately when you … Read More
If Chapter 7 doesn’t write off enough another debts so you can afford to pay the tax, Chapter 13 gives you much more time and protection from the tax lien. Last week we discussed how Chapter 7 handles a recorded tax lien on a tax that bankruptcy CAN’T discharge. The tax debt already can’t be discharged (legally written off in bankruptcy). … Read More
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
The IRS’ or state’s recording of an income tax lien against you is dangerous. It often forces you to pay a tax that you could have discharged. If you owe income taxes, stopping the IRS or state record a tax lien can be a huge benefit of filing bankruptcy. How much of a benefit turns on details about the … Read More
Do you have a 2nd or 3rd mortgage, owe property taxes, or have an income tax lien on your home? Chapter 13 may be much better than Chapter 7. The last two blog posts were about situations in which a homeowner is current on the mortgage but has other debts on the home. We showed how Chapter 7 “straight … Read More
Use Chapter 13 to defeat the leverage that a recorded tax lien on your home gives the IRS/state. Buy valuable time and flexibility. Stopping Tax Liens by Filing Bankruptcy In our last blog post we showed how Chapter 13 can buy you more time and flexibility than Chapter 7. We showed an example how that’s especially true if you … Read More
The IRS or state recording a tax lien can be very damaging in many ways. Bankruptcy can prevent that damage.