We intend to keep the house. If the lien cannot be discharged, will the ridiculous penalties accrue until we ultimately sell the house? Regardless of penalties, if the tax bill stays on the house, can it be made a part of the cost to purchase the home when it's eventually sold?
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney
Property taxes are a secured debt. They are secured by your home (the collateral.) You need to make sure you understand that your bankruptcy (Chapter 7) is not going to cure your back property taxes if you intend to keep the home. I would strongly advise you get in touch with a local bankruptcy attorney so they can advise you further.