Bankruptcy – Chapter 13

It is complicated enough to understand when taxes can be discharged in a bankruptcy.  But once it is determined that your taxes can be done away with in bankruptcy, another potential hurdle rears its ugly head:  Bankruptcy means testing. Means testing determines what type of bankruptcy you qualify to file – Chapter 7, which eliminates […]

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Deciding whether it is best to submit an offer in compromise or file bankruptcy on your taxes involves thoughtful consideration of many factors.  Those factors include how long each can take, which option will have the lowest settlement payment, which is most likely to be successful, and post-settlement terms (like tax lien releases in bankruptcy […]

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You decide to tell the IRS collection representative what you make, give them your paystubs, and innocently list your monthly living expenses.  You would like a payment plan, and have some idea of what you can afford.  Or you do not think you can afford any payment, and would like the IRS to put your […]

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Chapter 7 is for you if you do not have any money left at the end of the month to repay your creditors.  It is designed to give you a fresh start from honest mistakes you made in your finances – too much credit card debt, medical bills, a failed business and yes, unpaid taxes. […]

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The ability to file a collection due process appeal is probably the most powerful right you have in defending against IRS enforcement by levy or seizure. Due process, in the context of IRS collections, means the right to reach resolution of your case before the IRS can take your property, and the right to have […]

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As a general rule, count on IRS interest and penalties doubling the amount you owe every five years.   Interest is only part of the cause; it is the penalties that really hurt. Interest rates charged by the IRS are not unfair – the federal short-term  rate plus 3%.  This has left IRS interest hovering […]

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