How Does Filing for Bankruptcy Affect Your Taxes?

Filing for bankruptcy can be a stressful and overwhelming process. One of the common concerns that people have is how filing for bankruptcy will affect their taxes. In this blog post, we will discuss how filing for bankruptcy affects your taxes and what you need to know to ensure that you don't face any surprises.

1. Understanding the types of bankruptcy

Before we dive into how bankruptcy affects your taxes, it's important to understand the different types of bankruptcy. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are the most common types of bankruptcy filed by individuals. Each type of bankruptcy has different implications for your taxes.

2. Discharging tax debts

One of the benefits of filing for bankruptcy is that it can help you discharge certain types of debts, including tax debts. However, not all tax debts are dischargeable. In general, income tax debts that are more than three years old and meet other criteria can be discharged in bankruptcy. However, other types of tax debts, such as payroll taxes, cannot be discharged.

3. Impact on tax refunds

Filing for bankruptcy can also affect your tax refunds. If you file for bankruptcy before receiving your tax refund, the bankruptcy trustee may be able to take the refund to pay off your debts.

4. Reporting bankruptcy on your tax return

Another important consideration is how to report your bankruptcy on your tax return. You will need to report any canceled debts as income on your tax return. However, there are certain exceptions and exclusions that may apply.

5. Seeking professional help

Navigating the tax implications of bankruptcy can be complex, so it's important to seek professional help. A bankruptcy attorney can help you understand your options and navigate the process. Additionally, a tax professional can help you understand how bankruptcy will affect your taxes and ensure that you are reporting everything correctly on your tax return.

If you're considering filing for bankruptcy and need help navigating the process, Attorney Joseph P. Doyle can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.