Looks like the answer is yes, but don't rely on my answer because I don't know what else is going on with your situation.
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Yes, you can typically discharge taxes after a certain amount of time in bankruptcy but not always. The specifics are important, so you should use a bankruptcy attorney who can take the time to research case aw and set you up properly.
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There are very specific rules on the types of taxes that can be discharged and the exact "age" requirements. In general, there are 5 rules you must satisfy in order to discharge income taxes in a chapter 7: the most recent due date for the filing of the return is over 3 years old; the tax return was filed more than 2 years ago; the assessment is over 240 days old; the tax return must not have been fraudulent; and the taxpayer cannot be guilty of a willful attempt to defeat or evade the tax.
There are other sub-issues here that an experienced bankruptcy will have to advise you on, such as when the three year period is calculated, when the 2 year period starts, when taxes are "assessed", what the legal definition of "filed" is, are you current on the filing of all other returns, etc. In short, this can be a confusing area even for bankruptcy attorneys--there are whole seminars for bankruptcy attorneys on the dischargeability of taxes in bankruptcy.
You should check with an experienced bankruptcy attorney in your area to confirm the status of the taxes and whether they would in fact be discharged in a chapter 7 case.
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