Taxes, Student Loans & Family Support Debt in Bankruptcy

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In bankruptcy, unsecured debts are grouped into "priority" and "non-priority" debts. Priority debts are typically not dischargeable in bankruptcy. This means if you have primarily tax debts, student loan debt or debt from unpaid family support obligations (child and spousal support), bankruptcy may not be of much help because all of these debts are priority unsecured debts.

In rare few cases, these debts can be discharged or reduced, but the rules are strict and they apply to few bankruptcy filers.

Browse the information below to learn more about how tax debt, student loans, family support and other priority unsecured debts are treated in a bankruptcy case.