Treating all tax debt arising from untimely ﬁled tax returns as nondischargeable per se is fundamentally wrong. Otherwise, the IRS itself would not reject the one-day-late rule and criticize it for being “overly harsh.” There are circumstances when taxpayers should be able to discharge debt from untimely returns.
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7th Circuit Decision Might Impact State Property Tax Sales
A recent decision by the Seventh Circuit, purchasers of real property through tax sales conducted by certai...
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