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

Unexpected Benefit: Dealing with a Recorded Income Tax Lien with Chapter 7

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If you don’t file bankruptcy fast enough to prevent a recorded tax lien, sometimes filing a Chapter 7 still allows you pay less of that tax.   The last two blog posts have been about the benefits of preventing an income tax lien recording by filing bankruptcy. That’s especially helpful if the tax at issue is an older one that can be … Read More

Chapter 7 is Quick. Chapter 13 Buys More Time.

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Both kinds of bankruptcy can use time to your advantage. Chapter 7’s advantage is it’s quick. Chapter 13 is it buys you much more time.   A Key Distinction-Treatment of Time We’re starting a series of blog posts about the practical differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Before getting down into the details let’s look at a difference … Read More

Defeating a Recorded Tax Lien with Chapter 13

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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