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Can You File Taxes Owed With Bankruptcy?

By Dona Roma

Getting into debt with taxes is not a nice thing, and can become a very difficult situation to be in.You may ask the invertible question can you file taxes owed with bankruptcy. And yes you can do so depending on what type of taxes it is you owe.

To see a good lawyer that knows how bankruptcy works should be first on your agenda. Filing for bankruptcy and getting your taxes filed are an uphill task and even some lawyers may have a battle doing this. Trying to do this alone will not work. Al the things you need to know like which chapter you may file for when you decide to file for bankruptcy, and if the taxes you are in debt for can be discharged will be known by a lawyer specializing in this area.

To know whether the tax debt you have is general unsecured or priority taxes is very important since even when you file for bankruptcy, taxes that is priority taxes will not be discharged and the debt will be yours to repay and it will be the full amount owed.

The amount of tax that can be discharged also depends on the chapter on which you decide to file bankruptcy, for instance if you file a chapter 13 case usually you will have to pay a percentage between zero and one hundred back to unsecured creditors.

The taxes filed for, had to be filed 2 years earlier than when you filed for a bankruptcy case, tax evasion an fraudulent returns filed will also be picked up and your case will not be successful. The returns put in by you must have been done out of your own will.

If you have debt with other tax types like sales taxes it is also a possibility to have these discharged when you take the option of filing for bankruptcy, with that said, get in the meanings of a lawyer that has a background in this field.

In general personal taxes will be discharged, in the case that the taxes are at a minimum three years old. Your taxes must have been assessed two hundred and forty days prior to you filing for a bankruptcy case and in the event that you have voluntarily filed your taxes two years ago.

If you file for a chapter seven case you will be able to get a certain years tax debt discharged, whereas should you file for a chapter thirteen case, that is almost like a payment plan you will have to pay a certain amount back to the people you owe it to.

If you are thinking of trying to discharge Payroll taxes, it will not help because this type of tax is never discharged. Also know that even when some taxes has been discharged you may still have other taxes may still be on your tax bill, let your lawyer make sure of this when filing for Bankruptcy.

Do not let anyone tell you you can not get rid of tax debt go and see a capable lawyer. Can you file taxes owed with bankruptcy, your lawyer will be able to tell you.

Bankruptcy is an extremely complex process,if you need help through the process, hire a Toronto bankruptcy trustee

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