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Can Filing Bankruptcy Wipe Out Your IRS Tax Debt?

Life happens! Divorce. Job loss. Serious illness. These are life events that can cause financial hardship and force good honest folks to file for bankruptcy. Those who have struggled with an endless stream of expenses that never end often owe income taxes that just will not let them be.

Taxes are a part of life. This is true after bankruptcy. Before filing your income tax returns when there has been a bankruptcy, it’s important to know things. Many people have either partial or incorrect information whether and how bankruptcy could help.

The following information may help you get a few things straight and find the best choice for you:

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Are You Eligible For An Offer In Compromise?

You just heard or saw a commercial that promises, “If you owe the IRS $10,000 or more we can settle your tax debt!” Don’t fall for it. Even when you hear the announcer say “Yes, no problem! We can settle your tax debt no questions asked.” If you called and you’re on the phone with a sales person, listen to your instincts and hang up right away!

An Offer In Compromise (OIC) is what is being hinted at in these commercials. An Offer In Compromise allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It may be a legitimate option if you can’t pay your full tax liability, or when doing so creates financial hardship. However, there are many things that must be considered and questions that any respectable professional will ask prior to saying they can settle your IRS Tax debt for less than the full amount of the debt. Read more

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