Can You Discharge an IRS Debt?

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We're often asked if one can discharge IRS debt. The answer is yes, but certain criteria must be met. A year ago, we had a client that owned #200,000 in back taxes. And, we were able to discharge $170,000 of that debt because of the 3-year, 2-year and 240-day rules.

The Bankruptcy Code sets specific time periods that determine if you can discharge your taxes, commonly known as the 3-year, 2-year and 240-day rules (the "3-2-240").

Under these rules, you can discharge income taxes that were due three years before you filed for bankruptcy as long as it's been at least two years since you filed the tax forms and 240 days since the taxes were assessed.

There are some exceptions, though, and these rules don't apply to other types of taxes such as property taxes. So, to discharge back income taxes, be aware that you must meet the requirements of all three rules.

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