Bankruptcy’s Effect on an Income Tax Lien

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Photo by Joshua Sukoff on Unsplash. An income tax lien creates challenges, so try to file bankruptcy to prevent one. Otherwise, bankruptcy can often help deal with a tax lien. This blog post continues a series about the smart timing of your bankruptcy filing. (It was interrupted by two blog posts updating federal unemployment benefits.) The last one in this … Read More

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

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

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

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

12 Unexpected Benefits of Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy gives you immediate and long-term relief from your creditors. But there are many other unexpected benefits of bankruptcy.      The next 12 blog posts will be about some of the most powerful and surprising benefits of bankruptcy. You’re likely considering bankruptcy because you need financial relief. You need immediate relief from debt collection pressures. You need long-term relief from having to pay … 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