While the IRS is sometimes a creditor and all creditors are affected by the bankruptcy filing – most back taxes are not discharged in a bankruptcy. Some taxes can be discharged in bankruptcy and the dischargeability of taxes in bankruptcy is a very complex matter. If you have income taxes that are more than three years old then it might be possible in some cases to discharge these taxes in a bankruptcy. Of course, new taxes will not be discharged in bankruptcy. If you have taxes that you believe might be dischargeable in the bankruptcy then you should seek the services of a bankruptcy professional who is experienced in these matters. It’s a good idea to ask the attorney up front whether or not he or she has any experience in discharging taxes in bankruptcy, because not all bankruptcy attorneys have this knowledge and experience.