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Post chapter 13 tax obligation

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I filed chapter 13 last year. In this, I included 2001 & 2002 tax obligations. However, I now have a 2003 tax liability. What do I do? Obviously, my chapter 13 plan is tight. Will the IRS allow a payment plan when I am already in bankruptcy and owe for the previous 2 years? I have changed my withholding and several other things so that I will not owe for 2004. Its just the day before the filing deadline, I dont know if I should just file my return with nothing? send a letter? What?
Submitted: 12 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  ElrondCT replied 12 years ago.
You should always file your return on time, even if you don't have enough money to pay. The penalties for not filing are on top of those for not paying.

Send in as much as you can, and the IRS will bill you for the rest, with an extra fee for being late, of course. However, the interest they charge is based on how much is unpaid, so the more you pay, the smaller the extra bill. They're probably more likely to accept a payment plan if you show that you're trying to pay what you owe. For more details specific to your situation, you'd need to ask them, but of course this week you're likely to wait on the line a while to reach anyone.

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