Timing to Write Off Income Taxes

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Photo by Manasvita S on Unsplash How do you time your bankruptcy case to write off income taxes? Usually you just need to wait long enough (but there may be other factors). Our blog post of two weeks ago introduced the importance of timing your bankruptcy filing right. We gave a list of 15 examples of timing considerations. Last week … Read More

If You Have Unfiled Tax Returns

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Photo by Olga DeLawrence on Unsplash. You’re considering bankruptcy, and you have some unfiled tax returns for the IRS and/or your state. Should you prepare and file them, and when? Our last two blog posts have been about what you should and should not do before filing bankruptcy. These are important to consider even if you hope to avoid bankruptcy … 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

IRS Postpones Tax Deadline to July 15

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The IRS just postponed the April 15 deadline BOTH to file your income tax return and to pay the taxes, for individuals AND businesses.     IRS Income Tax Return Deadline Postponed Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has postponed the deadline to file federal income tax returns by 3 months. This was announced (on Twitter, no less!) on … Read More

Resolve Your 2018 and Earlier Income Tax Debts through Chapter 13

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Do your 2018 taxes just add to your earlier income tax debts, making it all the more unmanageable? Chapter 13 may be your best solution.   Last week we got into a big advantage of filing a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case in early 2019. Doing so enables you to include 2018 income taxes into your Chapter 13 payment … 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: 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

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 7 to Escape a Tax Payment Plan

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Breaking an IRS/state income tax payment plan usually has very bad consequences. But filing bankruptcy lets you escape a tax payment plan.        Tax Installment Agreement You Can’t Afford It’s a common problem. You owed income taxes a year or two ago when you sent in your tax returns. Money was very tight so you couldn’t just pay it … 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

Timing for Writing Off Income Taxes

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Usually you can discharge–write off–an income tax debt by just waiting long enough. Here’s how to discharge a tax debt under Chapter 7.

The Tax Exceptions

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In spite of you filing bankruptcy, the taxing authorities can still take certain very specific actions as exceptions to the automatic stay.