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Written by attorney Frederick E. Walker | Feb 1, 2014

Can Income Taxes be Discharged in Bankruptcy

There is a common misconception that income taxes are never dischargeable in bankruptcy. In fact, you can discharge your back federal, state, and local income taxes in Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 11. Penalties and interest are also dischargeable. Determining which back taxes are dischargeable

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Quick Note: If the back taxes are an issue, it may be necessary to order an IRS “account transcript” (sometimes called a “literal transcript”) for the tax years in question. The account transcript typically includes the assessment date. Note that this is not the same as a “tax return transcript”. You can order an account transcript from the IRS over the phone or online, or using IRS Form 4506T.

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