Month: October 2018

Filing for bankruptcy can eliminate many types of outstanding debt, including credit card balances and medical bills; but what about loans for big-ticket items like a car, house, or furniture?  A vehicle loan, a home mortgage, and a payment plan for merchandise may also be some of the loans with a bankruptcy that are dischargeable, depending upon your goals and individual circumstances. Unsecured v. Secured Loans There are two types of common loans dealt with in bankruptcy court: secured and unsecured credit. A secured loan is backed by a debtor’s obligation to return property that […]

Bankruptcy “dismissal” sounds a lot like bankruptcy “discharge,” but these two terms have very different meanings. It is important to understand this and to ensure you end up on the right side of the court ruling. A dismissal may mean you lose bankruptcy protection and remain accountable for debts you had expected to be discharged. Bankruptcy Dismissal vs. Discharge After a successful bankruptcy filing, discharge means the terms have been satisfied and all debts are considered settled — this is the outcome you are working toward when you file for bankruptcy. At the point of […]

Federal law requires employers to withhold income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from employee wages. When a company experiences financial distress, payments for these payroll or “trust fund” taxes may be temporarily postponed or deliberately ignored. It is important for any business owner to understand that willful failure to pay employee taxes can bring a costly lawsuit from the IRS. A recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision along these lines is noteworthy.  Issued in July, 2018, the judge’s decision stresses the importance of ensuring that your company’s taxes remain current and confirms that a […]