We owe back taxes including workers comp & unemployment taxes and also federal & state taxes. So far as personal debt other than taxes there is a bad check turned over to the attorney general from 2008. We don't know if bankruptcy is a way to go with this issue or not. Thanks for any input on this issue.
I recommend that you consult with a qualified bankruptcy attorney. He/she will be able to look at everything (debts, income, assets) and be able to make the correct determination. Bankruptcy is a procedure involving many moving parts and it is in our best interest to get proper counseling.
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You really need to have a consultation (most offer a free one) with a local attorney to see if these debts can be discharged. Use the find a lawyer tool here on AVVO. S/he will need to see all your paperwork in order to make a determination on your options. Good Luck!
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You need a consultation with an experience bankruptcy attorney to reviews your debts to see what is dischargeable and which debts might survive. Chapter 7 involves the possible forced sal of assets while Chapter 13 and Chapter 12 involve payment plans. There probably is a good banklruptcy option for you, but any answer other than "get an attorney" wouldn't be much more than a guess.
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The question is not really whether you "can" file bankruptcy but whether it will do you any good. The types of debts you describe sound like they are non-dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It is also fairly clear that you are or have been operating a business. Even though the taxes aren't likely to be dischargeable in Chapter 7, you may be able to spread out the payment of those debts over a period of years in Chapter 13. If the business is still operating, it might be a candidate for Chapter 11 wherein you could also spread the re-payment of non-dischargeable obligations. Non-bankruptcy options include an offer in compromise or an installment payment agreement with the taxing authorities. You most certainly need to consult with an attorney experienced in dealing with financially distressed businesses.
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