I need to file my federal tax returns so that I can file Chapter 7. I haven't filed in years. How far back do I have to file my

how far back can i file my taxes

Schenectady, NY | February 25, 2012 10:22pm

I am a self- employed sole-practitioner contractor. I don't get 1099's, but have a business bank account. Its been a terrible few years, and I can't put off Chapter 7 anymore. But I've heard I need to have all my taxes filed before filing bankruptcy. Is that true? I haven't filed since 1997. Do I have to do all my taxes and file ALL those years? Or do I need to file for only the last 7 years? Or last 4?

Kathryn Ursula TokarskaWalter C Oney JrCurtis Lamar Harrington Jr

Posted February 25, 2012 10:48pm

File all of them.


It starts the statute of limitations as to all of them.

Although you may not be able to discharge tax debt in one step this time, you may want to try again in 8 years and if those returns are not filed, the years will stay open.

also, you have to be the SFR in those years. What if the SFR's are not filed, but will be. That will most

certainly be triggered by a couple of more recent filings.

SFR will preclude in most cases your discharging the debt for those years.

FILE ALL OF THEM. Even if you BK now, you will start designating tax payments on most recent years. to keep early tax years eligible for discharge next time around.

Further, if you can wait 2 years, you may be able to wipe out a lot of debt.


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