When you file for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, there may be a chance you could end up owing taxes over the three to five years that you are in the bankruptcy. If you do happen to owe taxes while in a chapter 13 bankruptcy, the IRS or State that you owe may file a proof of claim. This is a legal document that states how much you owe a creditor. Depending on the amount you owe, the bankruptcy Trustee may need to increase your payments. The amount that the payments would increase depends on how much you owe.
In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, taxes owed are paid back in full. Depending on what you end up owing, your payments could end up needing to be increased to ensure you pay back everything owed in taxes before your bankruptcy is closed. Your attorney and the Trustee will typically work this out and let you know what the payments will end up being.
To ensure the greatest chance of success in your Chapter 13 bankruptcy you should be sure you try to fix your deductions so you are breaking even each year. Ideally, you don’t want to get a large refund each year (the Trustee could take this if you do) and you don’t want to owe each year because that could cause your monthly payments to increase to an amount more than you can afford within your Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
So what’s the bottom line? Fix your deductions so you don’t continually owe more in taxes over the course of your bankruptcy. If you do owe, contact your attorney and they can work with the Chapter 13 Trustee and the taxing agency to try to ensure you can stay within your Chapter 13 bankruptcy.