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What to Expect When Filing for Bankruptcy

The decision to file for bankruptcy is not an easy one. The stigma, the damage to your credit and the loss of certain assets can be a struggle. However, filing for bankruptcy is often the best option to reset your finances and move forward into the future without the burden of mounting debt. For individuals considering bankruptcy for the first-time, here is some important information that will prepare you for the process. The Difference Between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves liquidating assets in order to discharge most or all of your debt. If you opt for Chapter 7, then you may be able to keep some of your assets. However, you will most likely have to give up the majority of your non-exempt assets. On the other hand, Chapter 13 bankruptcy involves creating a payment plan to pay creditors over a period of time. Chapter…
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What Should I Do Before Filing for Bankruptcy?

There is a lot to consider if you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy. The first determination you should make is that bankruptcy is the best way for you to deal with your financial problems. Bankruptcy is an incredibly valuable tool to help you dig yourself out of a financial hole, but every case is different. As such, you will want to go through your finances with someone who is familiar with the field of bankruptcy – your attorney. Before you file, there are some things you have to do first. Within the 180 days prior to your bankruptcy filing, you must receive budget and credit counseling from an approved credit counseling agency. During this counseling, you and your counselor will go over all possible options for your finances and budgeting. Once you complete the counseling, you will receive a certificate stating that you received the counseling. You need this…
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What Taxes Do I Still Owe After Bankruptcy?

A common motivation people have for filing bankruptcy is that it will wipe out their tax debts. While some debts are discharged during bankruptcy, not all are. It depends, in part, on whether you filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Let’s take a deeper look at the taxes in bankruptcy you still owe. Taxes You Still Owe After Bankruptcy Chapter 7 bankruptcy – You can discharge tax debts in Chapter 7 bankruptcy so long as they meet the following requirements. Income-based taxes. The only kind of debt that is dischargeable in Chapter 7 is that of federal or state income taxes. Due greater than three years ago. The taxes must be for a tax return that was due at least three years before you filed for bankruptcy. Filed at least two years ago. You must have filed the tax return two years or more prior to filing for bankruptcy. Assessed…
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