Can I Use Bankruptcy to Discharge Tax Debts?

File bankruptcy to settle your tax debts

While some tax debts can be discharged through bankruptcy liquidation, there are exceptions. Section 523 of the Bankruptcy Code identifies three debts you must repay: 1. Unfiled tax returns. If you did not file a tax return for the year the debt is assessed, you cannot obtain a discharge. If you filed late tax returns, you must wait two years before you can seek a discharge. 2. Priority tax claims. If the tax debt is a Section 507 priority claim, it cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. Priority claims must be paid in full. They include: A tax required to be …

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What Type of Bankruptcy Is Best For Tax Debts?

satisfy tax debts with bankruptcy

Chapter 13 is the go-to bankruptcy for taxpayers who owe IRS debts that cannot be discharged in chapter 7. But before you file that petition, you should know: All priority debts must be paid in full. They cannot be reduced or discharged in bankruptcy. Not sure if your debt gets priority status? Read our article Tax Debts you Cannot Discharge in Bankruptcy. If your debts are not priority, you may have options: You can repay them through a chapter 13 plan or an IRS installment agreement. If paid through chapter 13, you will save money as you won’t pay any interest or …

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