Reminder to Attorneys - please remind your clients to pay their post petition property taxes if they are not escrowed through their Chapter 13 Plan.
TAX RETURN AND REFUNDS REQUIREMENTS LETTER
Copy of the letter for Tax Return And Refund Requirements
****IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING TAX RETURNS****
Please insure that when you provide a copy of tax returns and all W2/1099 forms to our office that you black-out the following:
First 5 digits of debtors' social security number
Entire name & entire social security number of children
Banking account numbers and routing numbers
The Debtor(s) have claimed the “State Exemptions" pursuant to 11 USC § 522(b)(2) and MCLA 600.5451(1)(o) in regard to certain real and personal property owned by the Debtor(s) and his/her spouse as tenants by the entireties. Under Michigan law, however, such property may not be exempt as to creditors who hold a joint claim against the Debtor(s) and his/her spouse. As a result, legitimate Joint Creditors may receive a larger dividend than creditors who have only an individual claim against the Debtor.
Creditors are advised that they have until the bar date set forth in the “Notice of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case, Meeting of the Creditors and Deadlines” (deadline to file Proof of Claim) to file a Proof of Claim in this Bankruptcy proceeding which must be clearly marked as a “JOINT CLAIM” if you hold a joint claim against the Debtor(s) and his/her spouse or are otherwise entitled to a joint judgment against them. Such claims must attach any supporting documentation to support the joint claim and should be filed according to the instructions on the Proof of Claim form you receive from the court. Failure to file a joint claim or individual claim by the aforementioned deadline will result in no dividend being paid to you. If you have any questions regarding the above you should contact your attorney.
CASES CONVERTING FROM CHAPTER 13 TO CHAPTER 7
When a Chapter 13 Case converts to Chapter 7 and the debtor's attorney files an Application for Fees they should either mail, fax or email the Chapter 13 Trustee a copy because they will not receive notice of the application electronically.
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