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TALK TO AN EXPERIENCED COLUMBUS OHIO BANKRUPTCY AND TAX ATTORNEY TODAY (614) 523-3106

 

Tax Debts are a Common Issue in Ohio Bankruptcies

 

There are several ways to manage, reduce, and discharge state, local and IRS tax debts. As an experienced Tax Attorney and Ohio Bankruptcy Lawyer, Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr. can help you to determine the best method of debt relief to resolve your tax issues with the IRS as well as additional debt problems.

IRS Tax Debt and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

 

IRS Tax Debt and Ohio Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you qualify to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, your unsecured non-priority debts that are included in the bankruptcy are discharged, thus creating a “fresh start”. IRS and Local tax debts, which are considered unsecured priority, may be dis-chargeable through the bankruptcy if the tax debts meet certain qualifications. In the case that you do not qualify to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or that your tax debts do not meet the qualifications to be discharged in the bankruptcy, as an experienced federal tax attorney, Kenneth Sheppard, Jr. can review alternatives such as an offer in compromise or payment plan, and negotiate with the IRS or other taxing authority to reduce or remove the tax debt.

 

For Income Tax Debts to qualify to be discharged through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, certain requirements must be met:

 

    The tax return filing date is at least 2 years before filing for bankruptcy

    The tax assessment was at least 240 days before filing for bankruptcy

    The filing due date is at least 3 years prior to filing for bankruptcy

    Fraud was not committed in filing of the tax return

    Tax evasion did not occur

 

IRS Tax Debt and Ohio Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

You may choose to file for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy if you don’t qualify to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or if filing for Chapter 13 is more advantageous to your situation. One advantage is that tax debts determined to be priority may be paid back through the life of the Chapter 13 repayment plan. Priority tax debts typically include tax liens, Withholding taxes (FICA, Medicare, & Income taxes owed for employees pay, sales taxes), some employment taxes, certain tax penalties, and erroneous tax refunds.

 

Income Tax debts treated as priority debts for chapter 13 must stand up to the same test as for Chapter 7 bankruptcy:

 

    The tax return filing date is at least 2 years before filing for bankruptcy

    The tax assessment was at least 240 days before filing for bankruptcy

    The filing due date is at least 3 years prior to filing for bankruptcy

    Fraud was not committed in filing of the tax return

    Tax evasion did not occur

 

If you are suffering from overwhelming tax debt, attorney Ken Sheppard can work with you to determine if negotiating with the IRS and the Ohio Department of Taxation, or bankruptcy may be the best solution. Columbus, Ohio Bankruptcy & Tax Attorney Ken Sheppard, Jr. works with individuals and families to relieve local and IRS tax debts, including filing for consumer bankruptcy. Contact our tax relief and bankruptcy filing office in Columbus, Ohio for a free initial consultation.

 

Sheppard Law Offices

The Columbus, Ohio bankruptcy debt relief and taxation law office of Sheppard Law Offices, LPA is conveniently located just inside I-270 off of Cleveland Ave. Our offices provide a short drive from throughout Central Ohio including counties of Franklin, Delaware, Knox, Marion, Licking, & Fairfield. We regularly serve  Debt  & Tax needs of clients from  Columbus, Westerville, Bexley, Dublin, Sunbury, Delaware, Fredericktown, Johnstown, Centerberg, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington, Grandview, Upper Arlington, Clintonville, Groveport, Pickerington, Pataskala, Reynoldsburg, Groveport, Lewis Center, Worthington, Granville, the Short North, Hilliard, Plain City, Grove City, Newark, Mt. Vernon, Canal Winchester, and Lancaster.

Columbus Ohio Office

2600 Tiller Lane, Suite A

Columbus, Ohio 43231

Telephone: (614) 523-3106

Newark, Ohio Office

843 N. 21st Street, Suite 108

Newark, Ohio 43055

Telephone: (740) 345-7138

Akron-Canton Office

Belden Village Tower, 200

Canton, Ohio 44718

Telephone: (330) 409-2876

Mt. Vernon, Ohio Office

11 West Gambier Street

Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

Telephone: (740) 392-0404

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