FAQ: Bankruptcy

I owed somebody money and they wrote it off. Do I have to pay tax on the amount of money that they discharged?

Well, the answer to that question is maybe. It depends on a few different circumstances. The income that you’re worried about is called discharge of indebtedness income, and under the Internal Revenue Code, that’s considered income to you, which can be taxed. Under the right circumstances though, you can get out from under that obligation. […]

Is my paycheck income, or is it an asset?

The answer to this question might surprise you. Because most paychecks are delivered into the employee’s hand a week after the end of the payment period, between the end of that period and the time the employee actually receives the paycheck that income to be received actually represents an account receivable for the employee. As […]


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