Pay Income Tax Debts through Chapter 13

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One of the smartest ways to pay your priority income tax debts—ones that can’t be discharged, written off—is through Chapter 13.   Last week we discussed the advantages of paying priority debts through a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case. We referred to recent income taxes as one of the most important kinds of priority debt. Today we show how … Read More

Prevent Income Tax Liens with Chapter 13

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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

Prevent Income Tax Liens with Chapter 7

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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

Protect Your Home from Income Tax Liens

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Bankruptcy can protect your home from income tax liens. In the right situations you pay nothing on the tax, instead of needing to pay it all.     Income Tax Liens Are Dangerous Our last two blog posts were about judgment liens. First was about how filing bankruptcy can sometimes remove, or “avoid,” a judgment lien from your home. Second … Read More

More Ways Bankruptcy Benefits Your Home

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Bankruptcy helps with more than just your mortgage. You can avoid, or deal constructively with, judgment, income tax, support and HOA liens.   Last week we gave you 7 ways that bankruptcy can either save your home now or protect it going forward. Here are the remaining 8 ways (#8 through #15), mostly involving involuntary liens placed on your home … 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: Dealing with a Recorded Income Tax Lien with Chapter 13

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Chapter 13 is better with a recorded tax lien because it protects you permanently from the IRS/state. And saves you big money on that tax.   Last week’s blog post was about dealing with a recorded tax lien by filing a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case.  Usually the IRS’ or state’s recording of a tax lien against you effectively requires … 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