April 12, 2010

Creditors ask for tax returns in a Bankruptcy?

A Sacramento bankruptcy attorney answers the question: What Should I Do If A Creditors Wants My Tax Return In Bankruptcy?

Answer: Comply, If The Request Is Timely.

A creditor in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy can request your tax return if they file a request with the bankruptcy court more then 7 days before the First Meeting of Creditors. Do not provide your tax return if your close to attending your 341 meeting or after. If the creditor’s request is timely then and the tax return is not given, the creditor can request the court to dismiss the bankruptcy. The court must dismiss unless you can give circumstances that support an inability to comply.

Savy creditors have done this and its best to comply and send the tax return to the requesting creditor. The main purpose is likely to create another hurdle and get an opportunity to dismiss the case. I’ve seen many a bankruptcy attorney get upset and try to fight the request. Its best to just comply and move on.

See Section 521(e)(2)(ii) for the exact language.

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