You may have heard that taxes are not discharged in bankruptcy. Tax debt, as “priority” debt, gets paid first before other creditors in bankruptcy. However, the Bankruptcy Code includes exceptions depending on the type and timing of the tax, and the bankruptcy chapter filed.Before knowing which taxes qualify for discharge, however, you must first understand which do not qualify under bankruptcy law. There are 7 types of taxes you cannot avoid paying:
- Taxes on a past due return not filed within three years (plus extensions) before filing bankruptcy.
- Taxes assessed within 240 days before filing bankruptcy.