If you have any personal liability for the debts, such as personally guaranteeing the debt as a cosigner or some other fashion, then bankruptcy would be the more sensible option. Even if you are completely judgement proof (in other words have no assets
to collect) if they lender writes off the debt, that will be treated as taxable income by the IRS
. So, for example, if you are in the 25% tax bracket, that $69k forgiven loan becomes a $17k tax bill. If, however, the loan is discharged in bankruptcy, the forgiven debt is not taxable.
On the other hand, if the creditor has no recourse on the debt outside of the corporation, and the corporation closes its doors, then the bankruptcy protection
should not be necessary. But be careful, if you have removed assets from the corporation prior to it being dissolved, the creditor might come after you for those assets. For that reason, bankruptcy is always a good form of safety from such suits.
I hope this helps!
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