I owe 4k in property taxes. Can I discharge the taxes by filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy? Are these debts considered secured?

Asked 10 months ago - Los Angeles, CA

hello I owe property taxes. I do not want to pay them. Will bankruptcy discharge the debt or will the debt remain with me even if I file? Do I need to find out if the taxes are secured or are property taxes always considered secured debts?

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  1. Carl H Starrett II

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    Answered . The taxes are a lien on your land and has priority over your mortgage. If you don't pay them, the county will eventually sell your home and the new owner will have you evicted.

    First, the firm is a debt relief agency according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. We help people file for bankruptcy.... more
  2. Diane L Gruber

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    Answered . Property taxes are a lien on your house. If you don't pay them, eventually the county will foreclose.

    Be sure to designate "best answer." If you live in Oregon, you may call me for more detailed advice, 503-650-9662.... more
  3. Bruce Givner

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    Answered . Ms. Gruber has given you the correct advice.

  4. John P Corrigan

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    Answered . You don't get to keep the asset and walkaway from the debt with a fresh start if that is your thinking.

    My answer is not intended to be giving legal advice and this topic can be a complex area where the advice of a... more
  5. J. Thomas Smith Ph.D.

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

    Law Offices of J Thomas Smith J.D., Ph.D 11500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77092 713-LAWYER-2 www.... more

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