Bankruptcy Taxation

Two Circuits Now Give Priority Status to Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Penalty

The Affordable Care Act’s ‘individual mandate’ was a tax measured by income, thus giving the IRS a priority tax claim.
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Sixth Circuit BAP Gives Priority Status to Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Penalty

A question may be headed to the Sixth Circuit, where debtors hope to create a circuit split.
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Circuit Split Widens Sovereign Immunity for Section 544(b) Claims

The circuits are now split 2/1 on the waiver of sovereign immunity under Section 544(b) for lawsuits by a trustee based on claims that could have been made by an actual creditor.
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Debtor Can’t Avoid and Preserve a Lien for Tax Penalties for the Debtor’s Benefit

A trustee can avoid and preserve a tax lien for the benefit of unsecured creditors, but a debtor can’t if the debtor hasn’t paid the taxes, the Ninth Circuit says.
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