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What is Tax Discharge?

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What is Tax Discharge?

Tax discharge is the process by which certain types of tax debt are eliminated or wiped clean, providing individuals and businesses with a fresh financial start. It’s like hitting the reset button on your tax obligations. However, not all tax debts are created equal, and not all can be discharged.

Eligibility for Tax Discharge

Tax discharge eligibility is determined by various factors, including the type of tax debt, the timing of the debt, and the taxpayer’s specific circumstances. Generally, the following criteria may make you eligible for tax discharge:

  1. Insolvency: If your total debts exceed the value of your assets when the tax debt was incurred, you might be considered insolvent. In such cases, you could qualify for tax discharge.
  2. Canceled Debt: If you had a debt canceled or forgiven by a creditor, the amount forgiven may be eligible for tax discharge. However, this doesn’t apply to all types of canceled debt.
  3. Bankruptcy: When you declare bankruptcy, certain tax debts may be dischargeable, depending on the type of bankruptcy filed and the specific tax obligations.

Non-Dischargeable Tax Debts

Not all tax debts can be wiped away with tax discharge. Some obligations are considered non-dischargeable, such as:

  • Recent income tax debts (usually within the last three years).
  • Fraudulent tax returns.
  • Deliberate tax evasion.
  • Certain payroll tax debts.

It’s crucial to understand which of your tax debts are dischargeable and which are not before pursuing this option.

Navigating the Tax Discharge Process

Steps to Achieve Tax Discharge

While the tax discharge process can be intricate, these steps will give you a broad overview of what to expect:

  1.  Assess Your Eligibility: Determine if you meet the criteria for tax discharge, considering factors like insolvency, canceled debt, or bankruptcy.
  2. Seek Professional Guidance: Consult with experts like Priority Tax Relief to assess your situation and develop a strategic plan.
  3. Prepare Documentation: Gather all necessary financial documents, including records of your debts and assets.
  4. File the Appropriate Forms: Depending on your situation, you may need to file specific IRS forms to request tax discharge.
  5. Communicate with the IRS: Engage in negotiations with the IRS, presenting your case for tax discharge. The IRS will review your case and determine whether your tax debt is eligible for discharge.
  6. Implement the Discharge: If approved, you can finally enjoy the relief of having your tax debt discharged.


Tax discharge is a valuable tool for those burdened by tax debt, offering the possibility of a fresh start. However, navigating this complex process requires expertise and guidance, which Priority Tax Relief is well-equipped to provide. Remember, not all tax debts can be discharged, so it’s crucial to seek professional assistance to determine your eligibility and explore other available tax relief options. With the right partner by your side, you can take the first step toward financial freedom and a brighter future.

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