Given that it is tax season, the In re Porter, No. 16-11831-BFK (E.D. Vir. 2017) case serves as a timely reminder that taxpayers who have unpaid tax debts and who are expecting sizeable tax refunds may benefit from timing the filing of their bankruptcy cases. Facts & Procedural History The facts and procedural history are […]
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court recently considered whether amounts withheld from wages in excess of the amount of the income tax liability owed is a refund of tax or a refund of wages. The case is In re Crutch, No. 15-44523-cec. (E.D.N.Y. 2017). The case is a reminder to those taxpayers who are considering bankruptcy that […]
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The bankruptcy-tax rules can present a number of opportunities. In Martin v. United States, Case No. 3:13-CV-03130 (C.D. Ill 2017), the court concludes that the taxpayers retained the right to sue the IRS for substantial tax refunds for taxes that were overpaid prior to their bankruptcy, despite having discharged the their debts in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy […]
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Bankruptcy can be a great way to get rid of older tax debts. The bankruptcy process is supposed to provide a fresh start. The In re Christensen, 15-29773, 15-29783 (2016 Bankr. D. Utah), case is an example where the IRS attempted to use the bankruptcy process not to provide a fresh start, but to collect […]
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When a private party violates the law, there are often consequences. This is especially true for the automatic stay that protects individuals in bankruptcy from collections actions during the bankruptcy proceeding. In Hunsaker v. United States, Case No. 6:16-cv-00386-MC, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the IRS’s repeated violations of these laws does […]
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In In Re McGrew, No. 13-00149, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa addressed a dispute as to whether the taxpayer had actually filed her tax return with the IRS. The taxpayer said she did; the IRS said she did not. This is a very common and important issue that taxpayers often […]
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Bankruptcy can be one of the best methods for resolving tax debts. This is particularly true if the taxpayer’s primary assets only consist of retirement accounts and equity in a personal residence. The recent In re Moore, No. 15-42046 (Bankr. E.D. Tex. Jul. 7, 2016), case presents an opportunity to consider the results if the […]
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