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A common misconception in the world of tax resolution is that Tax Debts are not dischargable in bankruptcy. This is not true. However, it is also not simple.

The determination about whether or not tax debt can be discharged (or liens stripped) in a bankruptcy is not one that you should try and determine on your own, and - if you hire a bankruptcy attorney who is not familiar with the ins-and-outs of the tax code and the bankruptcy code, things could get ugly.

There are three BASIC considerations when determining whether or not a tax debt is going to be dischargable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy:

  1. Was the tax return due more than 3 years ago (plus extensions)?
  2. Was the tax return filed by the taxpayer more than 2 years ago?
  3. Was the tax assessed more than 240 days ago?

But seriously, these considerations are BASIC. Several other issues come into play. Consult a professional.

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Not a Sales Pitch

It has been a while since the demise of large national tax resolution firms like Tax Masters, JK Harris, and Roni Deutch, and the landscape of the Tax Resolution field has changed substantially. But in some ways it has remained very much the same.


Firms like Tax Masters went to financial markets and raised capital for advertising, and invested heavily in television commercials and sales staff to "close deals" without making sure that they were adequately staffed to take on the work that was required.

Now, most Tax Resolution firms are often smaller, more regional, and easier to manage.

Big television ad-buys and marketing initiatives are still a common feature of the "Tax Resolution Industry," however, but the sales-force is merely outsourced.

Most heavily advertised Tax Resolution brands are nothing more than referral service! And those referrals are dolled out based on how much a given "Firm" has paid the advertiser.

When you book a meeting or phone call through our site, you will speak directly with an actual tax attorney the first time you speak with anyone. We don't employ sales-people or sales firms.

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