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Can bankruptcy help with my tax debt?

Both Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy can offer relief from many types of unsecured and other debt, as well as help to reduce financial pressure from creditors that can reduce the quality of your life in a number of ways. However, bankruptcy's benefits are less certain for taxes than other types of debt. Just about everyone has heard of the saying about death and taxes being the only certain things in life; to a great extent, that saying is true. If you are behind on your taxes, it doesn't mean all hope is necessarily lost, but timing can make a big difference when it comes to how much of your tax debt can be eliminated with a bankruptcy.

In debt? Here's why you shouldn't raid your retirement accounts

Living under a heavy burden of debt can be incredibly stressful. Most people feel strongly about making good on their financial obligations, and will go to great lengths to climb out from under a mountain of debt. While attempting to repay outstanding debts makes sense in many cases, individuals should be mindful of how they approach debt repayment. When faced with large amounts of debt, many people are tempted to turn to their retirement accounts-whether IRA, 401(k), 403(b), 529 or pension--as a means of repaying their financial obligations. However, doing so can be financially devastating, both in the short and long term.

3 reasons to make debt relief part of your New Year's resolution list

Making ends meet is difficult enough. However, there are many people who struggle under an extremely heavy debt load, and getting out from under that financial burden is or should be a top priority. If you or someone you know is in this situation, then perhaps debt relief should be at the top of your New Year's resolutions list. If you are considering debt relief options, the following information may help you make 2017 the year you are finally liberated from an unmanageable debt burden by filing for personal bankruptcy.

3 things to avoid doing when you're preparing to file bankruptcy

Living under a heavy burden of debt is difficult. Many people feel stuck in their financial circumstances, and are unsure of how to dig themselves out of a dire situation. This sentiment is especially common around the holidays. For many in these straits, filing for bankruptcy and getting a "fresh start" may be the best possible course of action. Once the decision is made to seek bankruptcy protection, a huge sense of relief often follows. However, in order to insure your bankruptcy yields the desired results-the elimination of your debts--it is prudent to avoid certain actions before you file. The following tips are offered to assist individuals and families as they prepare to file for bankruptcy.

What you need to know about the Chapter 7 means test

Despite working hard, many people find that there is not enough money to go around at the end of each month. As a result, it is only a matter of time before bills and other financial obligations begin to pile up. If you are in this situation, you may have considered the options available to you, including filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Four reasons not to delay filing bankruptcy

When you are having financial problems, you may feel that there is a stigma attached to filing bankruptcy. As a result, many people try other options first, such as borrowing money on available home equity credit lines, cashing out retirement accounts or even borrowing money from family or friends, before considering bankruptcy. Unfortunately, in reality, doing any of these things instead of filing bankruptcy can come back to haunt you.

Top three myths about bankruptcy debunked

Many people have heard about bankruptcy, but are not exactly certain about what it entails. As a result, many myths about the process and how it affects filers have circulated throughout the years. Consequently, it is important for you to understand how the most persistent rumors are simply not true, so you will not be discouraged from getting the help you need if you find yourself in financial trouble.

3 steps to rehabilitate your credit score after bankruptcy

If you are hopelessly struggling with debt, you may be reluctant to seek the bankruptcy relief that you need, because you are afraid that it will ruin your credit. Although bankruptcy will likely negatively affect your credit score in a significant way, its effect is immediate and temporary. In the long run, you will find this alternative better than doing nothing and letting your financial problems get worse, which can harm your credit score more than bankruptcy could.