had a compromise which I have paid in full to the trustee, so when I file taxes they said they get a prtion of my refund. How much can they keep?
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Unless you worked out a different deal with the trustee and assuming you are using the calendar year as your tax year, the trustee can keep about 1/4 of your refund (or maybe a little less, depending on the exact day in March you filed). Usually how it works with tax refunds is as follows (assuming your tax year is based on the calendar year, which starts on on January 1): The trustee is entitled to take the portion of your tax refund that accounts for up through the time of year you file. So, if you filed on March 31, 2012 and received a tax refund of $1,200.00 for tax year 2012, the trustee is entitled to take 1/4 (3/12) or $300.00 of your refund. The earlier in the year you file, the more of your tax refund you will get to keep. If you filed bankruptcy later in the year, say November 30, 2012, the trustee will be able to keep 11/12 of your refund or $1,100.00 of the $1,200.00 refund.
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The answer depends on a number of factors. You are not going to get an answer here, and, if you don't have a lawyer, you probably won't know until after the fact. Also, you may be due a portion of your tax refund after the liquidation into your case, and you won't know how much you should get back, or what you need to do to get it back without an attorney.
If you have an attorney, ask your attorney. If you don't have an attorney, you should get one because it may end up costing you more not to have one.
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My colleagues are correct in their sound advice, but i would also add that any deal you cut with the trustee would have to have been approved by the bankruptcy court, so look at those papers as there is almost certainly some mention of the refund as well as what it is you will need to turn over.
Good luck to you!
How much can they keep? The pro-rata share from the day of filing back to the first of the year. In other words, if you filed on day 100 of the year. They get 100/365 of your tax returns.
There is no guarantee the Trustee will actually take the money. It will depend on a number of factors that cannot be known. So it is a crap shoot whether the Trustee will take the money.
Additionally, it depends a lot on the Trustee's policy.
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If you live in Arizona, please contact me for actual advice; this is just speculation. It certainly is not legal advice. I don't have enough information to give actual legal advice. I can only take the limited information presented and provide a idea of what you might do and how it may turn out.