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My mom live with me and my husband, she had LBD and Parkinson's. She has quit a few credit card bills that there is no way she can pay. Her only income is her SS check and she owns nothing at all. Her income goes for her meds, depends and other misc. she needs. When I get all that she usually has maybe 30-40 dollars left to her name. What I need to know am I responsible for her bills and can they come after me. I am getting letters from dept collectors to her coming and going. Thanks for any help.

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It is possible to have some IRS taxes discharged in a bankruptcy, but it's too complicated to explain here. I think Chapter 7 doesn't sound like a bad idea. It would also get the levy on her SS released. If she'll owe taxes after the bk, talk to the IRS about a voluntary payment plan. If she owes a relatively small amount that should be doable on your own without paying someone to do it for her. If you do hire someone get an accountant who deals with the IRS in collection matters or an Enrolled Agent (licensed by the IRS). Most wage earners don't owe taxes, it's usually people who are self employed. What happened with her? Would you mind giving an approximation of how much she owes in taxes? You aren't liable for her debts as explained by others. A good bankruptcy attorney could probably solve all of this.
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You asked if you're responsible for her bills and if debt collectors can pursue you. Are or were you on any joint accounts with her, such as the credit cards? Are you a signatory on any of her bank accounts? Are there any assets you hold jointly?

If IRS has levied her SS payments for back taxes, ask the debt counselor is he/she handles IRS levies as well. You might be able to negotiate the amount downward. Attorneys do this for clients and save them from paying the entire amount of the levy.

Ask social services when you call if they can recommend IRS qualified negotiators.
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Maggie, the reason I suggested bankruptcy was to put a stop to all the collections, and the continued accrual of interest on debts that probably can't ever be paid off completely.

An agreement with the creditors could effect a similar result. The debts would be capped, and paydown could begin rather than continuing to accrue interest.

I don't think that a nominal payment would ever pay off the debts, though.

As you pointed out, her mother's credit score isn't that important at this stage of life, so that might also suggest that indicating a willingness to pay is also unimportant.

I'm not challenging your statement; you raise some good points. And I do agree that debt counseling with a qualified individual would provide more insight into the options available so Kiki can be more comfortable about the situation.
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Cancel all credit cards. Call a debt counselor through your county social services. She worked all her life in one place and has NO pension? Have you checked into that? She should have gone from unemployment to pension status.
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The cards are gone now but they have been turned over for collection. She wasn't unemployed she retired, and I did forget the pension check what little check it is. IRS has a levy on her SS check for back taxes also. It is just a mess.
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P.S. VegasLady used to work for the IRS. Perhaps she'll have some suggestions on handling the IRS levy.
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Only thing I am on is her account for her SS check as I am Representative Payee and that account is only for her check to be deposited into. She has no assets any money she had she blew when she lived alone. Her car was paid for but when she couldn't drive anymore she gave it to me and it went in my name but like I said it was already paid for.
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I wouldn't normally even suggest this and am not sure it's possible given her dementia status, but have you considered bankruptcy for her, if you have a durable power of attorney from her? It sounds as though there are insufficient assets to satisfy her debts, and if she has retains comprehension of this, it may contribute to physical and/or mental deterioration.

On the debt issues, it may take some time to determine which are valid, but I assume you're also responding in writing to the debt collectors? If you don't respond pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the debts will be considered valid, even if they aren't.

I don't think IRS debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy, and I'm not sure how much credit cards debts could be due to some legislation that was passed during the Great Recession, but it might be a way out. Just something to consider.
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VegasLady, thanks for clarifying the issues about IRS levies. I was sure you could help.
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I think I will see a debt Counseling. Not worried so much about the IRS as was said they are getting theirs. As for the car my mom gave it to me the same day she made me POA as a gift. She said she couldn't drive and knows I will drive her around. At that time is was in sound mind. I don't understand why she couldn't gift me her car and I would have to pay for it.
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