Photo by Donovan Reeves on Unsplash. What if you already owe a prior year (or more) of income tax, regardless whether you expect to owe for 2020? What should you do and not do? What if you owe 2020 income taxes even though the IRS is not taxing $10,200 of unemployment income that year? That was our topic last week. … Read More
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
Filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy gives you a break from income tax collections, precious time to deal with a recent tax you must still pay. We ended the last blog post saying that sometimes a Chapter 7 bankruptcy will stop a wage garnishment only temporarily. One such situation is if the IRS (or state tax agency) is chasing you on … 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
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
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.