The prime rate of interest increased a quarter of a point to 4% effective March 16, 2017. Read on for information on how this affects chapter 13 plans in the EDKY, and what other interest rates are applicable to secured claims.
Frequently, debtors who seek bankruptcy relief under chapter 13 have not yet filed some of their tax returns with the IRS or state taxing authority. Section 1308 of the Bankruptcy Code gives chapter 13 debtors an opportunity to get those returns filed so they can deal with their tax debts in the chapter 13 case, but there are deadlines to be met and consequences for failure to comply. Until all tax returns for the previous four years are filed, the plan cannot be confirmed, and if the returns are not timely filed, the debtor’s case could be dismissed. [More]
Property taxes on real estate in Kentucky constitute a statutory lien on the property. Under state law (KRS Chapter 134), the lien has priority over any other debt on the property. If the property were to be sold, property tax claimants are paid ahead of any mortgages or other liens. How should delinquent property tax claims be treated in a chapter 13 case? Practitioners first need to understand what happens to delinquent property taxes under state law.
Here is some practical information for debtors’ attorneys from the session on chapter 13 tax issues at the 2016 NACTT seminar.
The interest rate on secured IRS claims increased to 4%, effective with cases confirmed on or after April 1, 2016.