Can I get rid of taxes?

00:03 my name is Robert Geller and I’m with
00:05 the Law Offices of Robert M Geller PA
00:07 there are two other lawyers with our
00:09 firm
00:09 and today I want to talk to you about
00:13 how or whether you can get rid of
00:15 certain taxes through filing bankruptcy
00:17 and the short answer to that question is
00:21 yes No maybe so so what am I talking
00:26 about here well let’s first talk about
00:28 payroll taxes and trust fund or trust
00:31 fund taxes so generally when you collect
00:35 a tax from somebody else who pays it
00:38 like people pay sales tax or your
00:41 employees work and they have to pay
00:44 certain federal withholding tax which
00:45 you have to turn over to the government
00:48 and you’re supposed to collect that tax
00:50 and turn it over to the government and
00:53 for whatever reason you didn’t turn that
00:56 over to the government those taxes are
00:59 not dischargeable in bankruptcy and I
01:02 don’t think bankruptcy is going to help
01:04 you generally so where is the yes answer
01:08 to what is dischargeable in bankruptcy
01:10 and that lies with certain income tax so
01:14 certain income tax is dischargeable
01:16 bankruptcy many people are surprised
01:18 when they come in my office to learn
01:19 that and so you asked what types of
01:22 income tax is destructable bankruptcy
01:24 well there are certain criteria to that
01:27 I let me kind of give you the general
01:30 criteria first of all the tax returns
01:34 have to be filed at least two years
01:38 prior to the time the bankruptcy has
01:41 been filed the second criteria and these
01:44 are just general criteria there are some
01:46 others is that the return has to be do
01:50 more than three years prior to filing
01:54 bankruptcy so we are now into September
02:00 of 2017 if you’d filed your tax return
02:08 for 2013 it would have been due in April
02:12 of 2014 if you followed it timely and
02:18 you didn’t get any extensions then your
02:21 taxes for 2013 would be dischargeable
02:25 because the due date was April of 2014
02:29 and then the final criteria is you must
02:33 not be assessed that tax within 240 days
02:37 of filing bankruptcy so that if the
02:40 government came in week before you filed
02:42 the bankruptcy and said you owed more
02:44 tax that would not be potentially
02:47 dischargeable in bankruptcy and let me
02:49 just add a caveat to that that there are
02:52 some other exceptions that make that tax
02:55 not dischargeable it would be a good
02:57 idea to come in and speak to a qualified
03:00 bankruptcy attorney about whether those
03:03 taxes are dischargeable some other
03:05 things that are dischargeable in
03:07 bankruptcy would be certain penalties
03:09 related to the income tax so that’s
03:13 something again you can discuss with an
03:15 attorney when you come in the office if
03:19 you need more information about
03:20 bankruptcy feel free to click on the
03:22 link will be glad to provide you that
03:24 information I’m Robert Keller and I look
03:28 forward to helping you build a bridge to
03:30 a brighter future
03:32 [Music]

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