Will a bankrupcy filing stop a property seizure by the county government?

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Will a bankrupcy filing stop a property seizure by the county government?

I owe property taxes from 3 years ago; my home went into foreclosure. However, the county gave me another year to pay the 12k before they seize my house. In spite of all my effort, I am unable to pay the tax due. Consequently, in 2 weeks the sheriff will seize my house.

Asked on December 15, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Michigan

Answers:

Michael Duffy / Duffy Law, LLC

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Generally no, bankruptcy will not discharge tax obligations. Unfortunately if you're unable to pay the amount due or work out a payment plan, the government can tax action against you to collect regardless. However, a successful bankruptcy discharge could potentially eliminate a great deal of the other debt you owe (and you would not necessarily lose your home), allowing you to pay the taxes due. Feel free to contact me to discuss your bankruptcy options.


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