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Chapter 7 & Government Mortgage Debt

Will Chapter 7 resolve mortgage debt I owe the government?

I was a co-signer on a split mortgage loan between centrue bank and the USDA which was foreclosed upon in 2008, and Fannie Mae took care of the bank debt, but I now owe $78,000 to USDA on the FmHA loan portion. Can I file bankruptcy on that FmHA loan to get me out of debt?

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  • Examine whether mortgage debt owed to USDA can be included in a Chapter 7 or 13.
  • Review what government debts can and cannot be included in a Chapter 7 or 13.
  • Consult an attorney, to see if bankruptcy is a good choice.

Thank you for your question about bankruptcy and government debt, specifically government loan program debt.

Most Government Debts Can Be Included in Bankruptcy

Many consumers erroneously believe that any debts owed to government agencies are automatically non-dischargeable in bankruptcy. In truth, with the exception of some types of unpaid taxes and government-insured student loan debts, most debts owed to federal, state, or municipal agencies can be discharged under the provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (Title 11, United States Code). Even tax debt often be included, depending on to whom it is owed, how old the tax debt is, the type of tax, and how long ago the tax return was filed.

The most common types of debt owed to the government by individuals are delinquent taxes and defaulted student loans, meaning that many consumers will be forced to pay their government debts and find limited relief, if any, in bankruptcy.

Foreclosure Deficiency Balance Likely Can Be Included in Bankruptcy

In your case, however, the foreclosure deficiency balance which you owe to Farmers Home Administration would likely be dischargeable if you otherwise qualify for discharge in either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

The same statement would hold true for a defaulted Veterans' Administration (VA) mortgage, an unpaid SBA loan, and many other types of government-insured debt, with the previously discussed exception of government insured student loans, which are generally not dischargeable.

Consult With an Attorney

Since I know very little about your overall financial situation, and am not qualified to provide legal advice, I cannot tell you which type of consumer bankruptcy would be best for you, or if you should file for bankruptcy protection at all. I strongly suggest you discuss your options with an experienced bankruptcy attorney licensed in your home state. I encourage you visit resource how to find a qualified attorney to get help with your situation.

See the bankruptcy help page and the Home Affordable Modification Program resources to learn more about each.

I hope this information helps you Find. Learn & Save.



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