Real estate taxes are almost like your mortgage, except the government has much more clout. I see the county tax authority foreclose on homes several times a year, and once the sale is completed, at least in my state, you are out of options. If $500/mo is what you can afford to pay and the government turns you down, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy might be your last chance to save the property. While in Chapter 13 you will need to pay the current property taxes as they become due in addition to catching up on the past due amount. If you are reluctant to gamble with the protecting your home, hire an experienced Chapter 13 attorney with good reviews. Hope this perspective helps!
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You can file Chapter 13 and repay the taxes over a five year period which would be well under $500 per month. Seek out a local attorney.
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Chapter 13 could be an option depending on what other debts you have, your income, etc. You will likely be able to confirm a Chapter 13 plan that would take care of the rest tax issues utilizing the $500 a month you can afford (maybe more, maybe less but an affordable amount).
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