Make sure the IRS
and state are correct with their dates, if these are for taxes due in 2000 and you filed the bkcy in 2004-7 you would fit into the the three year rule also. If the bankruptcy attorney was not aware of the 240 day rule, you can sue him for malpractice, but make sure that the filing was incorrect and not file prior.
The 240-day rule. The assessment date for the taxes must be greater than 240 days prior to the date the bankruptcy petition
three-year rule. The due date for the return, including the due date after filed extensions, must be more than three years prior to the bankruptcy petition. Do not forget that due dates falling on Saturday or Sundays are actually extended to the following Monday.
The two-year rule. You must have filed the tax return more than two years prior to the bankruptcy petition. Returns filed by the IRS on your behalf do not qualify. There is one “gotcha” relating to the two-year-rule. The IRS has three years to audit and correct a return after the return has been filed. Thus, it is possible to discharge taxes on a return only to have the IRS assess additional taxes on account of corrections the IRS makes to the returN.
The 240-day rule. The assessment date for the taxes must be greater than 240 days prior to the date the bankruptcy petition is filed.
Tolling of the 240-day rule. In the case of an offer in compromise, an additional 30 days plus the duration of the offer is added to the 240-day rule. If a bankruptcy is filed during the pendency of the 240-day rule, or if the bankruptcy is filed prior to the assessment but the automatic stay
coincides with the 240-day time period, then the time 240- day period is tolled for the duration of the bankruptcy.