2019 IRS Tax Deadline is 7/15!

An excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.” Learn more about IRS tax debt and bankruptcy!

2019 IRS Tax Deadline is 7/15!

With COVID-19, many people may have forgotten about the other 19. That’s your 2019 tax returns! The IRS tax filing deadline is just about 2 weeks away. Filing your tax returns on time is important. Did you know sometimes you can eliminate tax debt with a bankruptcy?

Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s Complete Book on Bankruptcy.It’s too soon for 2019 taxes to be eliminated but if you have older tax debt, call us. We do a FREE consultation to see if bankruptcy could be a solution.

Chapter 33 – Can I Get Rid of Taxes?

Sometimes, if they are income taxes, you filed a truthful return on time, you just owed the tax and could not pay it, and more than 3 years have passed since the return was due (usually April 15 following the tax year), and the taxes have been assessed and more than 240 days have passed…

There are so many different kinds of taxes and the law is so complicated, that the best answer is: sometimes. Bankruptcy is about the only law more powerful than the IRS. Usually, only income taxes can be discharged. Sales or withholding tax cannot.

In order for income taxes to be dischargeable, you must have

  1. filed your return on time, and
  2. the date you filed your return must be more than 3 years ago. (April 15 is due date but can be April 16 or 18 because of weekends some years)

If your return was filed late, you need only wait two years after it was filed to have your income taxes eligible for discharge. If you didn’t file a return, your income taxes are not eligible for discharge.

If your income taxes do not fall under the above time periods, or if you did not file a return, you may be eligible to force a repayment plan on the IRS, if you have sufficient regular income, by proposing a Chapter 13 Debt Repayment Plan. In a Chapter 13, you can pay past due income taxes over as long as 5 years, with no further interest or penalty, in most cases, and the IRS cannot take collection action during the Chapter 13 Plan. Of course, you must pay any future income taxes on time, and you must file any tax returns not previously filed, as a condition of having your Chapter 13 approved.

There are many other kinds of taxes, and special rules apply to all of them. I make no guarantee that any tax is dischargeable, because of the complexity of the rules, and the policy of not making most taxes dischargeable. We list them on the petition, however, notify the IRS and proper governmental entities, and then if the tax is not discharged, it is possible to work out a repayment plan based on your bankruptcy budget which we prepare.

Problem: Donald and Regina filed their 1982 and 1983 returns on time, but didn’t have the money to pay the $4500 tax due on Donald’s part time job, and Regina’s unemployment money. They also owe $9,000 in unsecured credit. Now they are both working full time, but there is an IRS levy taking 80% on Donald’s check.

The Peter Francis Geraci Chapter 7 or 13 Solution: It appears that they can start fresh with no debt by filing a Chapter 7. Or, they can pay their debt over as long as 60 months, and their payment will be about $250 per month, including all costs.

Note: Unpaid income taxes can build up interest and penalties rapidly, so Chapter 13 cases are great for many tax debts.

Trust fund taxes, such as employee withholding amounts that were never paid to the government, are not dischargeable, although they can be paid back in full in a Chapter 13.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Don’t Be Embarrassed, Nervous or Afraid

An excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.”

Don’t Be Embarrassed, Nervous or Afraid

No one talks about money. They talk about everything else, but in America, money is a guilty secret. So the first thing you have to realize is that almost 1 million people a year file bankruptcy. That’s right. It’s real common.

Read more @ https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Geraci Law Offices Open 6/8!

Geraci Law offices are opening NEXT week! Schedule a time to meet with our expert attorneys!

Geraci Law is ready to meet you (safely) in person! Our offices are opening the week of 6/8. If you want to review your options or if you have questions – we’re here for you. Bankruptcy is complicated and you need an expert like Geraci Law attorneys on your side.

Video Meeting

  • We’re available to meet the same day or anytime between 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (central standard time).
  • You only need a smart phone!
  • To schedule a video meeting, you can:

In Person Meeting

  • We are available Monday-Friday – appointments are SCHEDULED to keep you and our staff safe.
  • We have masks, gloves and pens for EVERYONE!
  • You can schedule an person meeting by calling us at 800.401.4010.

 

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Credit Concern? Call Geraci Law!

Banks are cutting access to credit. Are you overwhelmed with bills? Are you worried about debt? Call Geraci Law.

Credit Concern? Call Geraci Law!

Have you noticed your available credit is cut? Did you see an account get closed? Credit card companies are cutting available lines of credit. Over 30 million people applied for unemployment as a result of the pandemic.

With the number of people unemployed, banks consider credit too big of a risk. So if you are late with payments, if you haven’t used the card – odds are the credit line will be cut.

If you are RELYING on credit to get you to the next paycheck, it’s not a great long term plan anyhow. Instead consider bankruptcy.

The cash you are spending on minimum payments that is NOT paying off the balances with interest could be the money you have as a safe hold. Create a budget and stick to it but you can’t create a budget until you deal with the past due balances.

Filing for bankruptcy is a FASTER way to handle your debt. Credit counseling, making minimum payments will cost you THOUSANDS in interest and it could take YEARS to pay off the balances. Your credit score still takes a hit and typically will take LONGER to get on the path to rebuilding.

You do NOT need credit cards. Realigning your budget and using a debit card could save you thousands. If you want a credit card, then pay it off every month. Only use the credit card for what you can pay off so you can AVOID interest. That timely payment every month can help you reestablish a payment history.

So if your credit line is cut, if your cards are maxed out, if you are simply overwhelmed by the debt – call us. It’s a free conversation that can change your life for the better.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Unemployed with Debt – What to Do?

If you are unemployed with debt – you should consult an attorney with Geraci Law.

Unemployed with Debt – What to Do?

We are all struggling to figure out existence in this new world. Trying to balance budgets, E-Learning and making sure we have enough hand sanitizer. With the LOSS of income, everything becomes MORE strained.  Not to mention worrying about making the next minimum credit card payment.

Over 33 million Americans are out of work since the start of the pandemic. That number most likely will not decrease but rather increase. When you have debt and you are unemployed – what do you do?

The answer may or may not be bankruptcy. If you have debt – the BEST decision you can make is to call Geraci Law to consult about your financial situation. Our experienced attorneys and staff can help you figure out what to do about the bills. Geraci Law not only has FREE phone consultations, we also have FREE video meetings with our attorneys.

Consider your options. Consider your expenses. Job loss is scary. Filing for bankruptcy with Geraci Law is NOT scary. If we have a solution to your problem, we’ll let you know. If we cannot help you we’ll let you know that too. Talking is important – give us a call at 800 CALL PFG.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

FAQs about Debt & COVID 19

Geraci Law answers questions about debt during COVID 19.

FAQs about Debt & COVID 19

Geraci Law wants to help you answer questions about debt and collections because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.  Reviewing your financial situation with an experienced bankruptcy firm (like Geraci Law) is almost a GREAT idea if you are struggling financially.

Are the bankruptcy courts open?

Yes but there are are no in-person meetings. BUT, we are able to file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions to get the automatic stay protection. The courts are still processing filed petitions. There is no delay in case filing. Oftentimes Geraci Law can file a case the same or next day.

Can bill collectors sue me when courts reopen?

ABSOLUTELY. Governor J.B. Pritzer suspended summons service so creditors cannot serve a garnishment or citation to discover assets. Most collection agencies and finance companies are put on hold during COVID-19. Once the order ends – collectors can start to sue, garnish, and collect. Filing a bankruptcy NOW stops the future collection.

Are Geraci Law offices open?

Yes and no. Yes Geraci Law is open and ready to help. No, the physical locations are not open to protect our staff and clients. We can meet with you via phone or video. It’s the same great service – just virtually. You can schedule online at https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/OfficeLocator. All you need is a smart phone!

Where can I find more information about finances during COVID-19?

Geraci Law wants to be a resource to everyone. A great place to look is at https://www.infotapes.com/Links this includes information about debt, education, job fairs and other important resources.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Estimate Your Stimulus Check!

Use calculator to estimate your stimulus check – consider filing bankruptcy with Geraci Law. We’re open and ready to help. 

Estimate Your Stimulus Check!

Use calculator to estimate your stimulus check – consider filing bankruptcy with Geraci Law. We’re open and ready to help.

Stimulus checks are expected in the next few weeks. You can go online to estimate how much you and your family will receive at https://www.hrblock.com/coronavirus-tax-impact/calculator/.

Think about your debt. Will the money you receive pay off only ONE bill? Will the money only help for ONE month of minimum payments? If the answer is yes, it might be time to consider alternatives.

Bankruptcy could help. Filing for a Chapter 7 will eliminate all unsecured credit, a Chapter 13 will consolidate your debt into ONE monthly payment. So instead of paying thousands a year in interest, you actually PAY the balances. A Chapter 7 could give your family the fresh start it needs. Think about investing in YOUR future.

Geraci Law is here. We’re ready to answer questions and meet you. Geraci Law is able to file cases in as little as ONE day to stop wage garnishments, foreclosures, collection calls and car repossession. We’re here and ready to help!

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Geraci Law is Here to Help

Geraci Law thanks ALL essential workers for helping everyone. If you need help, Geraci Law is here for you.

Geraci Law is Here to Help

Geraci Law wants to thank all the medical workers, grocery workers, and everyone out there working to support the country during COVID-19. We understand it’s tough and we appreciate everything you are doing.

Despite many people losing jobs, losing hours, the collection efforts do not stop. Collection agencies are still calling although they probably should not be, there are still lawsuits being filed against people who are struggling. That’s where Geraci Law can help. Filing for bankruptcy can STOP the collection actions from the creditors.

Creditor lobby groups fought against a bill proposed in Congress to STOP collection agencies from reporting late or missed payments to the three credit bureaus. The bill did NOT pass. The CARES Act did pass. There are guidelines written out by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urging banks to work with consumers. Read more at the New York Post here. An excerpt from the letter written by US Chamber of Commerce and other associations that represent banks and creditors said,

As you consider options to protect consumers from harm, please be aware that blanket suppression of all adverse information in credit reports could disrupt consumer access to credit in the future.

Sometimes we all need a little bit of help. As of now, the help is not coming from Congress and help is not guaranteed from your creditors and banks. Geraci Law is here for you. Bankruptcy could be the solution to your problem.

If you are struggling with payments, worried about your job, worried about catching coronavirus and missing work – we’re here for you. Geraci Law IS open and meeting via video. We make debt relief simple because no one needs extra stress right now.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Debt Worry? Call Geraci Law.

If you are worried – call Geraci Law. Our experts will help you create a plan that HELPS your budget and debt.

Debt Worry? Call Geraci Law.

Because of the market crash in 2008, interest rates on consumer debt like personal loans and credit cards were historically low. The result was consumers having MORE debt with less interest. When everyone was working full-time, the household budget was fine. The income was there to make the minimum payments plus some more on the debt. Geraci Law was there for consumers in 2008 and we’re still here to help.

Now with COVID-19 and employment uncertainty, a missed payment could snowball into a big debt problem. Even if work resumes tomorrow – what if the market isn’t there? What if there’s no job to return to? What if the virus stimulus package only covers ONE MONTH of payments but does not solve the debt problem. Geraci Law may have your solution.

Geraci Law is here to help consumers realign budgets. We help people just like you worried about minimum payments and just making it. Eliminating YOUR debt helps YOUR future instead of the banks.

You can take what you are spending in minimum payments and start a savings account. You can take the money you are putting towards debt settlement or debt management programs and put it toward a down payment on a home or retirement. Bankruptcy with Geraci Law helps you get back on financial track.

Stop wasting your hard-earned dollars on uncontrollable debt.

Think about your future.

Think about your job’s future.

If you are worried, call us. Geraci Law can help you figure out a plan that works for you.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Need a Car? File for Bankruptcy.

Need a car? Consider filing a bankruptcy FIRST with Geraci Law.

Need a Car? File for Bankruptcy.

Do you have bad credit and want a car loan? Good luck. Consider filing bankruptcy with Geraci Law BEFORE applying for a new car loan to deal with your other debt first – maybe including car repossession balances.

Some banks and dealerships prey on people with bad credit. You are pressured to buy something you cannot afford with a promise to “refinance later” or a trade in. If you return the car to the financer, you may find yourself with a lawsuit for the deficiency. If you STILL have the car, you might be paying for something that needs thousands in repair or that you are overpaying for.

So what to do? Bankruptcy with Geraci Law might be your best option. Think about your car loan. Think about your answers to the following questions.

–              Do I have a warranty on the car?

–              Is my interest rate over 20%?

–              Does the car pass emissions?

–              How much maintenance or work needs to be put into the car?

–              Is the car older than my kids?

–              Is my car loan more than 5 years?

You are probably OVERSPENDING on your car or your vehicle is NOT worth keeping when there are alternatives.

Car dealerships will promise you the world. They want to you to buy a car TODAY with the promise of refinancing after timely payments for a few months. Good luck.

That “refinance” the dealership is talking about—is likely NEVER to happen. Cars depreciate the moment you drive them off the lot. Most people do not build equity with timely payments– if your payment is high it’s most likely because your interest rate is high. Most timely payments are simply going to the interest on the loan NOT the principal.

If you turn the car in because you cannot afford it – you may owe a deficiency balance. The financer will sell the car and attempt to collect on the difference. You could be sued, garnished, have assets frozen – STOP these actions with a bankruptcy! Filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 with Geraci Law can stop or prevent collections from your creditors.

After eliminating or consolidating your debt, you can apply for a car loan. You will be in a BETTER position to do so because you have NO other debt.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.