If you are a person that has filed bankruptcy, a debtor’s attorney or a U.S. Trustee with questions about an open bankruptcy you may contact the IRS’ Centralized Insolvency Operations Unit, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., EST, at 1-800-973-0424.
For individuals, the most common type of bankruptcy is a Chapter 13. Before you consider filing a Chapter 13 here are some things you should know:
- You must file all required tax returns for tax periods ending within four years of your bankruptcy filing.
- During your bankruptcy you must continue to file, or get an extension of time to file, all required returns.
- During your bankruptcy case you should pay all current taxes as they come due.
- Failure to file returns and/or pay current taxes during your bankruptcy may result in your case being dismissed.
Partnerships and corporations file bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. Individuals may also file under Chapter 7 or Chapter 11. For additional tax information on bankruptcy, refer to Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide and Publication 5082, What You Should Know about Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and Delinquent Returns (PDF).