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If you file bankruptcy do you owe income tax on the amount of debts that were discharged?

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This is an intriguing question considering that the IRS does consider forgiven debt to be income normally. However, I have never seen the IRS pursue any of my clients for income taxes due to forgiven debt in bankruptcy. I stay as far away from the Tax Code as possible, though the answer may lie in there.Please note that nothing in this posting or in any other posting constitutes legal advice; this is simply my understanding of the facts, which I do not warrant, and I am not suggesting any course of action or inaction to any person.
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