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Can You File Bankruptcy if You Haven't Filed Tax Returns?

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To file bankruptcy, you'll need to have filed your last two years of tax returns if you were employed and required to do so. If you weren't employed or required to file taxes, you don't need to worry about filing tax returns before filing bankruptcy.

Written by Kristin Turner, Harvard Law Grad.  
Updated August 20, 2021


To file bankruptcy, you'll need to have filed your last two years of tax returns if you were employed. If you were unemployed and weren't required to file taxes, you can still file bankruptcy. But if you were employed and were supposed to file but didn't, you'll need to file your taxes before filing bankruptcy.



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