1 day 2 hours ago

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Filing Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy is a tool.  Any tool can be misused which can cause you serious damage.  Ask the idiot who sticks a screw driver in a live electrical socket.
number oneYOU ARE UNIQUE: Each person has a unique situation, background and goals.  Never take advice from a friend or relative because their situation will NEVER be the same as yours.  After all, you would not take medicine prescribed to your friend, so why would you assume your financial and personal history is the same for bankruptcy purposes?
BANKRUPTCY FRAUD: Bankruptcy is not the same of filling out simple forms.  All bankruptcy cases include at least 70 pages of information, all signed under penalty of perjury.  That means if you lie, hide assets or try to defraud the court or creditors you may find your  “discharge” revoked (this is your bankruptcy protection from creditors) and you referred to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.
MARRIED: If a married person files for bankruptcy protection their spouse is not required to file.  It depends on the circumstances (length of marriage, type of debts, age, etc.) and the law of the state where you live. This is a complicated set of entwining laws and practical issues so make sure to talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney before deciding what works for you and your spouse.
REPAYING FAMILY:  In the 12 to 24 months before filing bankruptcy do not repay any loans your relatives made to you unless you are paying ALL other debts.  This may be “preferential treatment” if you paid your family and did not pay your other creditors.  Your family may be sued by the trustee in order to reclaim those funds.  That will be a very embarrassing Thanksgiving dinner.
SELLING STUFF: Never transfer (sell, trade or gift) any of the things you own, referred to as “assets”, unless they pay you the fair market value of the asset.  Otherwise, the person who got the asset may find they are forced to give the asset to the bankruptcy trustee for liquidation.  This is referred to as “fraudulent conveyance”.  There is a two year look back for these transactions in bankruptcy court, but may be far longer in your state (for instance, Arizona has a four year look back period).
CREDIT REPORT AND PRIVACY: Bankruptcy stays on your credit report for ten years, but it does not mean you have to wait ten years to start rebuilding your credit.  Learning how to rebuild your credit will help you move toward future goals, like buying a home or vehicle.   There is no privacy in bankruptcy – filing bankruptcy means that your personal situation will be open for anyone to read about.
TIMING OF FILING: Sometimes it is not the right time to file for bankruptcy.  It is very important to strategize when, and if, to file.  Issues such as: monies owed to you, debts you have paid, how much you earned in the last six months, are you moving and need to consider a new landlord’s impression, are you changing jobs and a bankruptcy might affect your new hire; the list goes on and on.
YOUR CAR OR HOUSE: Normally you will not lose your home or car just because you file for bankruptcy protection.  It is important that you continue to pay for what ever you want to keep.  But it is also important to know what the bankruptcy trustee may go after.  The trustee has an obligation to liquidate (sell) those items that have value for your creditors, offset by the exemptions used in your bankruptcy.
STOP, I WANT TO GET OFF: You cannot get out of  bankruptcy “just because you want to”. Never use a bankruptcy for the sole purpose of stopping a foreclosure or repossession.  Depending on your unique circumstances you are going to lose your home or car anyway, but now you will have a bankruptcy on your records.  Filing bankruptcy is like jumping off a cliff.  Halfway down you cannot decide to go back to the top of the cliff (that is not how gravity works).  Checking for rocks or sharks before jumping is good planning.  Do the same before filing a bankruptcy.
number one WHY DID YOU FILE BANKRUPTCY? It is very rare for anyone (other than your attorney or mother) to ask why you are filing for bankruptcy protection.  Everyone involved in the bankruptcy system assumes you would not file for bankruptcy unless you need to.  Besides that, your situation is never as bad as what others are suffering through.

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About the Author:
Diane L. Drain is a well known and respected Arizona bankruptcy attorney. She is an expert in both consumer bankruptcy and Arizona foreclosure. Since 1985 she has been a dedicated advocate for her clients and spokesperson for Arizona citizens. As a teacher and retired law professor, Diane believes in offering everyone, not just her clients, advice about the Arizona bankruptcy and foreclosure laws. She is also a mentor to hundreds of Arizona attorneys.
I would be flattered if you connected with me on GOOGLE+
*Important Note from Diane: Everything on this web site is available for educational purposes only, is not intended to provide legal advice nor create an attorney client relationship between you, me, or the author of any article.  Any information in this web site should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from an attorney familiar with your personal circumstances and licensed to practice law in your state.*

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6 days 24 min ago

As we’ve been writing about and problem solving in our practice, ride–hailing apps like Uberand Lyft are continuing to negatively impact taxi trips, revenue and “underwater” medallion owners.  And now these apps are leading to declines at one of taxis’ last strongholds-New York City airports.  The Wall Street Journal reportson a new analysis of Taxi and Limousine Commission data by Bruce Schaller, which found that “taxis’ share of pickups compared with app-based services at the airports has fallen from almost 100% in [June 2013] to 58% at LaGuardia and 53% at JFK [in June 2018],” even as demand for airport transportation grew. 
Unfortunately, this is further unwelcome news for taxi medallion owners and will continue to suppress or reduce the value of NYC taxi medallions and compound the problem for owners of “underwater taxi medallions” (medallions whose value is less than the bank debt secured by those medallions). Owners of underwater taxi medallions are encouraged to speak with and meet Jim Shenwick.

1 week 2 days ago

Our law firm specializes in representing taxi medallion owners whose medallions are “underwater” (meaning that the loan secured and collateralized by the medallion is greater than the value of the medallion) in workouts with banks and creditors and in bankruptcy filings.  We have noticed a trend recently where many medallion owners who own underwater taxi medallions have transferred their house or primary residence to a trust for no money or other consideration for the transfer.  There appear to be two reasons for these transfers or conveyances: (1) estate planning (where the owner of the house wants future appreciation of the property to benefit a family member or third party); or (2) the property owner (who also owns the underwater medallion) believes that by conveying the house to a trust, he or she is putting the house outside of the reach of the bank or creditor, who will not be able to foreclose on the house if there is a default on the medallion loan and litigation.
In our experience, after meeting with and speaking to many medallion owner clients, we have determined that most of these transfers are not done for estate planning purposes, but to put the family house outside of the reach of the bank or other creditors (the second reason). 
A couple of observations need to be made with respect to the transfer of a house to a trust from a debtor/creditor and/or bankruptcy perspective.  If an individual borrows money from a bank, and their liabilities (monies owed to third parties) exceed their assets (property which they own), which is generally the fact pattern for an individual who wants an underwater taxi medallion, the transfer of the family house to a trust for no consideration (money or property) is a fraudulent conveyance. The statute of limitations (or look back period) is six years under the New York State Civil Practice Law and Rules and two years under the Bankruptcy Code.  In a fraudulent conveyance action, the bank or other creditor can commence an action in New York State courts to reverse the conveyance of the family house from the trust back to the individual, and there are many reported cases where creditors have commenced these actions and prevailed (seeUnited States v. Evseroff). Accordingly, a homeowner who makes this type of the transfer may have incurred legal fees and paid real estate transfer taxes and fees to accomplish nothing from a workout or bankruptcy perspective!
In fact, besides accomplishing nothing and incurring legal fees and real estate transfer taxes and fees, the medallion owner/homeowner may actually end up in a worse position than the medallion owner that did not make the transfer, for two reasons: (1) if the trust owns a house and not an individual (who owns the underwater medallion), then the individual cannot claim the New York State homestead exemption which is currently $165,550 per spouse ($331,100 for a married couple) in the New York metropolitan area; and (2) a creditor may object to the discharge of their debt because of the fraudulent conveyance of the house to the trust (see Husky Int’l Elecs., Inc. v. Ritz).
The New York State homestead exemption provides protection to New York State residents, to wit the first $165,550 in equity in a primary residence, after the payment or satisfaction of a consensual mortgage, is property of or belongs to the homeowner and is not subject to the reach of a creditor or a bank.  Additionally, the Bankruptcy Code provides that if a debtor made a fraudulent conveyance transfer prior to the date of the bankruptcy filing, this may be grounds to dismiss their bankruptcy case or deny them a discharge of certain debts.
While there are techniques and approaches to undo or mitigate the damage done by these transfers or conveyances, it is better to not do them in the first place. We have however represented many individuals in mitigating the effects of these types of transfers.Prior to engaging in a workout with a bank or creditor, an individual or a debtor should and can engage in “asset protection planning” under New York State and federal bankruptcy law, but fraudulently conveying the family house to a trust to put the house outside of the reach of a creditor or a bank, does not work and is not valid asset protection planning.
Our experience has shown that nervous or stressed out homeowners who own underwater taxi medallions may be doing themselves more harm than good by hastily conveying their house or other valuable assets to trusts or third parties for no consideration.  We would advise medallion owners to consult with competent, experienced attorneys or lawyers before engaging in such actions.  In fact, engaging in correct and meaningful asset protection planning can often times result in a successful workout with a bank or a successful discharge of debt in a bankruptcy filing.  

1 week 2 days ago

When you file either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you are allowed to declare certain property as “exempt.” Exempt property does not count as an asset for bankruptcy calculations. This is why you will not have to give up household items like your clothes, kitchen utensils and furniture when you file bankruptcy.Exemption analysis can be one of the more confusing parts about filing bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Code says that every state has the option of creating its own list of exemptions or state legislatures can defer and use a list of exemptions set out in the Bankruptcy Code.The Georgia legislature has chosen to “opt out” of the federal scheme and the Georgia legislature has passed a list of exemptions which can be found at the Official Code of Georgia, section 44-13-100.With limited exceptions for people who have recently moved to Georgia, bankruptcy filers who live in Georgia must use the Georgia exemption statute in their bankruptcy filings. So, even though the bankruptcy laws are issued by the United States Congress, Georgia bankruptcy filers use Georgia state law when it comes to identifying property that they can protect in their bankruptcy petitions.Exemption Information on the Internet Often IncorrectIf you have been researching bankruptcy on the Internet, you can easily get confused because blogs and websites produced by non-Georgia lawyers will reference exemptions that don’t apply to Georgia filers. Further, the Georgia legislature has been updating (and increasing) the exemptions available to Georgia filers and many websites published by national legal publishers are not updated. Currently, for example, a very prominent and well respected legal publisher whose site appears at the top of Google’s rankings shows an version of Georgia’s exemptions statute that is outdated by more than 5 years and completely inaccurate.Because the Georgia legislature does change the exemption statute every year or two you should be very careful about accepting as true anything you see on the Internet about exempt property in Georgia. I am writing this article at the beginning of 2018 and I intend to keep it updated but if I was researching bankruptcy I would confirm anything I read with an experienced personal bankruptcy lawyer.What Property Can You Protect When You File Bankruptcy Using the Georgia Exemption StatuteCurrently, as of January, 2018, the Georgia exemption statute lists several categories of property that you can protect when you file bankruptcy, including:

  • $21,500 of equity in real estate
  • $5,000 of equity in motor vehicles
  • $5,000 of equity in household goods (with no one item worth more than $300)
  • $500 of equity in jewelry
  • $1,500 of equity in tools of the trade
  • $2,000 of equity in cash value of an insurance policy
  • 100% of the value of an IRA, 401(k) or pension
  • 100% value of Social Security benefits
  • $1,200 of value in any property, plus up to $10,000 of unused real estate exemption [this is the “wildcard” provision]
  • the state includes a few more categories that apply in limited circumstances – you can read the actual statute here.

If you are married and file jointly with your spouse, you may double the exemption amounts.How Do Exemptions Work in Your Bankruptcy Filing?When you declare property as bankruptcy, that property does not exist for bankruptcy purposes and neither the trustee or creditors can assert any claims on it.In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, one of the jobs assigned to the trustee is to marshal your assets, sell them and distribute the proceeds to your creditors based on a priority system set out in the Code. When you declare your assets as exempt, the trustee cannot grab your assets.Let’s say, for example, that you own, free and clear, a car worth $16,500 and a truck worth $16,500. You file Chapter 7 and declare the car exempt:
($5,000) motor vehicle exemption
($10,000) unused real estate wildcard
($1,500) wildcard
$0 equity available for the trustee to liquidateYou will notice that the law allows us to “stack” your exemptions – in the example above, I was able to add the motor vehicle exemption to the wildcard exemption to protect all the equity in the car.However, there is no exemption remaining to protect the truck – it is considered non-exempt equity. So in this case, the trustee would ask you to turn the truck over to his/her office, sell it and distribute the proceeds to creditors. In the alternative, you could approach the trustee and offer to “buy the estate’s interest” in the truck with funds borrowed from a relative or friend.As a practical matter, most Chapter 7 cases are “no asset” cases, meaning that everything the debtor owns is exempt.In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your non-exempt equity is one factor to determine how much you pay in your Chapter 13 plan. Unsecured creditors in Chapter 13 have to receive at least as much as they would in a Chapter 7 liquidation.Your Wildcard Exemption Can Save You ThousandsAs you can see, the wildcard exemption can make a huge difference in either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. For an individual, we have up to $11,500 of exemption to apply to any property, and for a joint filing we have $23,000 to apply to any property.The wildcard can be added to any other exemption (as shown in the example above) or it can be used for cash. Many times, the wildcard exemption can make the difference between choosing Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13, or it can reduce by thousands what you have to pay back in your Chapter 13.Since $10,000 (or $20,000 in a joint filing) of the wildcard available to you arises from your real estate exemption, it is worth your while to spend a little time coming up with an accurate real estate valuation. In general, I am looking for the lowest real estate valuation that I can defend.I recommend to my clients that they call a local real estate agent for a “drive by” valuation that takes into account any needed repairs. I also look at (many trustees use this site to estimate valuation) and if the drive by appraisal is significantly lower than Zillow I many recommend a more in-depth drive by appraisal or perhaps a more formal appraisal.If you are considering filing personal bankruptcy in the Atlanta or north Georgia area and you need advice about how to maximize your use of bankruptcy exemptions, please reach out to me – I’d be happy to walk you through the calculations.The post How the Georgia “Wildcard” Exemption Can Save You Thousands When You File Bankruptcy appeared first on theBKBlog.

2 weeks 7 hours ago

Provided below is sales data from the sale of 19 taxi medallions as reported by the TLC for December 2017. The foreclosure sales prices for the four medallion sales (two at $750,000, one at $400,000 and one at $210,000) may be inflated because banks “credit bid” at those foreclosure sales (they bid up to the amount of their loan balances); therefore, they may not accurately reflect the fair market value of a taxi medallion. Similarly, the estate sales for $160,000 and no consideration may be too low a value because these sales reflect a sale by the estate of a taxi medallion owner who died, and those “desperate sellers” are selling for tax purposes or to quickly dispose of a depreciating asset.  Factoring out the foreclosure and estate sales, the fair market value of a medallion based on December sales data appears to be $185,000-$200,000.  Medallion owners with “underwater” medallions (where the loan balance exceeds the value of the medallion) should contact Jim Shenwick to discuss their options under the law. Price Type of Sale Number of Medallions $210,000
1 $210,000 Foreclosure 1 $800,000
3 $750,000 Foreclosure 2 $400,000 Foreclosure 1 $313,958.06 50% 1 $225,000
1 $200,000
1 $180,000
1 $180,000
1 $160,000 Estate 1 $158,000
1 $155,000
1 $0 Estate 1 $0 Estate 1 $0 Individual to LLC 1

2 weeks 6 days ago

By Winnie Hu

The sputtering traffic in Manhattan has long been blamed on cars and delivery
trucks pouring onto the streets from the rest of the city and beyond.

Since at least the 1970s, New York City officials have proposed various toll
systems to deter drivers from coming over bridges or piling into the busiest

But today, the traffic landscape in the city has undergone a remarkable shift —
the problem is not just the congestion coming in, but the congestion that is already
here. An explosion of ride-hailing app services has transformed the way that people
get around the city and is choking the streets. Midtown traffic crawls at an average of
4.7 miles per hour from 6.5 miles per hour five years ago.

“You’ll see an entire row of Lyft, Uber and Juno drivers on the streets waiting to
pick people up,” said Chanse Gierbolini, 27, a baker in Lower Manhattan. “It seems
like everybody’s driving the same black sedan — they’re everywhere.”

About 103,000 for-hire vehicles operate in the city, more than double the
roughly 47,000 in 2013, according to the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Of those,
68,000 are affiliated with ride-hailing app companies, including 65,000 with Uber.alone,
though they may also provide rides for others. In contrast, yellow taxis are capped by
city law at just under 13,600.

Now a new report finds that ride-hailing cars are often driving on the city’s busiest
streets with no passengers — in effect, creating congestion without any benefits. The
report by Bruce Schaller, a former city transportation official, found that more than a
third of ride-hailing cars and yellow taxis are empty at any given time during
weekdays in Manhattan’s main business district.

The ride-hailing cars average 11 minutes of unoccupied time — compared with
eight minutes for yellow taxis — in between dropping off one passenger and picking
up another, according to the report.

The ride-hailing services have drawn scrutiny as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
formulates a congestion pricing plan that would not only reduce traffic, but also raise
money to modernize the city’s subways. A state task force, called Fix NYC, is looking
at measures including a new per-ride fee on all for-hire vehicles in Manhattan, which
would be paid by passengers, according to those familiar with the discussions. Mr.
Cuomo is expected to announce a congestion pricing plan, which must be approved
by the State Legislature, as soon as January.

“The governor has been clear we need to reduce gridlock, cut emissions and
fund mass transit,’’ said Peter Ajemian, a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, “which is why
he empaneled Fix NYC to explore all options.”

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was the last to try a congestion pricing plan, in 2008.
His plan, which would have exacted an $8 fee for entering Midtown and Lower
Manhattan, died in the State Assembly.

Across the nation, a handful of cities have imposed per-ride fees. Seattle, which
began regulating ride-hailing services in 2014, charges two fees totaling 24 cents per
ride to cover the costs of regulating and licensing operators and to support
wheelchair-accessible cars. Portland, Ore., began charging passengers a fee of 50
cents per ride in 2016 to pay for safety inspections of cars and other regulatory costs.

In Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel contends the ride-hailing services have
cost his city millions in lost taxes and fees, the city introduced a 20-cent-per ride
fee in 2014 and raised that to 50 cents the following year. The fee will rise to 65
cents next year, and then to 70 cents in 2019 — with the additional increases
dedicated solely to modernizing the transit system, city officials said.

New York City is considering a new fee on for-hire vehicles at a time when the
state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in dire need of money to
overhaul the city’s decrepit subway system. Advocates say it would be easier to push
through the State Legislature than tolls on the East River bridges and already has a
precedent: a 50-cent surcharge on cab rides that goes to the transportation
authority. The ride-hailing services are not subject to that surcharge, but collect state
and local sales taxes on each ride.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has criticized Uber’s rapid expansion for exacerbating
traffic, but his administration backed down from a proposed cap on Uber cars in
2015. The mayor, who opposes congestion pricing, has announced his own plan to
reduce traffic, including banning some truck deliveries and stepping up enforcement
of traffic rules.

In the meantime, there is no escape from gridlocked streets. Jennifer Brown, 46,
an architect, was recently trapped in a cab on Fifth Avenue near 72nd Street en route
to an appointment. After going two blocks in 20 minutes, she finally jumped out to
walk to a subway station. “I was late, so it was anxiety inducing,” she said.

Alexis Licairac, 47, a law firm clerk in Lower Manhattan, said it takes him about
two hours to get to work by bus from his home in the Bronx. “It’s absolutely
horrible,” he said. “When I see how bad the congestion is in the city, I think if there’s
a disaster, we’d never get out.”

Sam Schwartz, a former city traffic commissioner who is on the state task force,
said that a new ride fee could compel some passengers to seek cheaper alternatives,
including subways and buses. He said that growing car congestion has hurt the city
economy at all levels, from making it harder to get to work to increasing delivery
costs for stores and restaurants.

Alix Anfang, an Uber spokeswoman, said simply adding a fee would not address
an already unfair fee system in which Uber riders pay more in sales tax than taxi
riders pay with the 50-cent M.T.A. fee. The minimum fare for an individual Uber
ride in New York City is $8, which amounts to a sales tax of 71 cents. She said the
system is especially a burden on riders outside Manhattan, who have fewer subway
and bus options.

This week, Uber started a campaign calling for a comprehensive approach to
congestion pricing, which could include a per-ride fee in Manhattan among other

“The existing ride-hailing tax unfairly burdens outer borough New Yorkers who pay
far more in taxes per trip than Manhattan taxi riders,” Ms. Anfang said, “which is
why Uber believes a new transit tax system should fully fund mass transit by setting
fees based on how crowded the roads are, not the type of vehicle people are traveling

Campbell Matthews, a Lyft spokeswoman, said the company has focused on
increasing occupancy in cars on the road and reducing individual car ownership.
“We are supportive of holistic efforts to address congestion in New York to ensure
that all transit options available to New Yorkers are convenient and affordable,” she

Drivers for ride-hailing services and cabs said they would oppose a new ride fee,
arguing that they, too, are hurt by congestion and that such a fee would unfairly
single them out when there were other causes, such as construction, garbage pickups
and truck deliveries.

Mohammed Zzaman, who drives for Uber, Lyft and Juno, said he made fewer
pickups and less money during his “hell month” in December, when holiday crowds
descend on the city and it takes twice as long to cross Midtown.

George Vountouvas, 60, an Uber driver, said he started at 4:30 a.m. because
“there’s no congestion, no traffic at that time.”

Nino Hervias, a taxi owner and spokesman for the Taxi Medallion Owner Driver
Association, said the hefty prices for taxi medallions should already include access to
Manhattan streets, though he supported a new fee for ride-hailing cars.

While Uber, Lyft and Via have expanded their services outside Manhattan, Mr.
Schaller found that for-hire vehicles continued to crowd into Manhattan’s main
business district. There were an average of 10,500 yellow cabs and vehicles working
for ride-hailing apps from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., or more than double the 5,100 vehicles in
2013. “It’s very easy to get a ride when you want one, but once you get in the car,
you’re stuck in traffic,” he said.

Mr. Schaller has called for reducing the unoccupied time for ride-hailing cars
and yellow taxis in addition to other efforts to reduce congestion, such as a new ride
fee or toll system. He noted that Uber already uses technology at the airports to
“rematch” cars dropping off passengers with new pickups to reduce congestion — a
practice that could be expanded to city streets.

Many riders said something had to be done about congestion, but were wary of
another fee. “We already pay taxes — what more do they want from us?” said Evelyn
Jimenez, 38, a dental assistant who already spends at least $15 a day on Uber.

But Mr. Gierbolini, the baker, said that he would be willing to pay a little more
since he still depends on the subway to get to work. He spends $25 a week on Lyft,
but only when he is not under pressure to be someplace on time.

“There’s almost no reliable way to get anywhere on time other than walking,” he

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3 weeks 20 hours ago

Four Collection Companies Hired to Collect Old IRS Tax Debts

The IRS indicates it will give taxpayers and their representative written notice that the accounts are being transferred to the private collection agencies. The agencies are to send a second, separate letter to the taxpayer and their representative confirming this transfer.
taxPrivate collection agencies can identify themselves as contractors of the IRS collecting taxes. But, employees of these collection agencies must follow provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, including being courteous and respect taxpayer rights.
The IRS warns that the private collection agencies will not ask for payment on a prepaid debit, iTunes or gift card (as has been happening with the scams).  Instead, taxpayers will be informed about electronic payment options for taxpayers on Your Tax Bill. Payment by check should be payable to the U.S. Treasury and sent directly to IRS, not the private collection agency.
Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts
The IRS will continue to keep taxpayers informed about scams and provide tips for protecting themselves. The IRS encourages taxpayers to visit for information including the “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” page.
Private Collection Agencies Selected:
The IRS will assign cases to these private collection agencies:

  • CBE
    P.O. Box 2217
    Waterloo, IA 50704
  • ConServe
    P.O. Box 307
    Fairport, NY 14450-0307
  • Performant
    P.O. Box 9045
    Pleasanton CA 94566-9045
  • Pioneer
    PO Box 500
    Horseheads, NY 14845

NOTE: If the taxpayer does not want to work with the assigned private collection agency to settle their overdue tax account, they must submit a request in writing to the private collection agency.

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About the Author:
Diane L. Drain is a well known and respected Arizona bankruptcy attorney. She is an expert in both consumer bankruptcy and Arizona foreclosure. Since 1985 she has been a dedicated advocate for her clients and spokesperson for Arizona citizens. As a teacher and retired law professor, Diane believes in offering everyone, not just her clients, advice about the Arizona bankruptcy and foreclosure laws. She is also a mentor to hundreds of Arizona attorneys.
I would be flattered if you connected with me on GOOGLE+
*Important Note from Diane: Everything on this web site is available for educational purposes only, is not intended to provide legal advice nor create an attorney client relationship between you, me, or the author of any article.  Any information in this web site should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from an attorney familiar with your personal circumstances and licensed to practice law in your state.*

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3 weeks 1 day ago

ProPublica just posted a fascinating piece on bankruptcy fraud in the Central District of California (which includes Los Angeles).  It's the latest article in their important series "Too Broke for Bankruptcy: How Bankruptcy Fails Those Who Need It Most."

3 weeks 6 days ago

As you may know if you’ve been keeping up with our work, we’ve been focusing on the trials and tribulations of NYC taxi medallion owners.  Now HotAir reports (based on a CBS San Francisco story) that San Francisco taxi medallion owners are facing the same issues of “underwater” medallions due to competition with Uber and Lyft, with its own unique local angle.  It’s far from a San Francisco treat for medallion owners.

4 weeks 9 hours ago

It happens often:  Somebody has a debt and/or tax problem that’s been bothering them for  a while.  They know they should do something about it, but they find excuses.  The most typical excuse:  I can’t afford to pay for legal services.
Right now may be the time to get the situation fixed.  Many of our clients finance legal services from the tax refund they get this time of year.
And particularly, if you’re getting garnished, may as well keep it out of the hands of a creditor you’re going to discharge anyway, stop the garnishment and put that money to good use fixing that problem once and for all.
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