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Can bankruptcy stop a property tax sale?

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Can bankruptcy stop a property tax sale?

2013, September 04

Q: Can bankruptcy stop a property tax sale in Illinois?

A: Yes, a bankruptcy will stop a property tax sale IF it is filed before the tax sale. The automatic stay provisions would stop the tax sale and allow you time to pay the taxes over time in the event that a Chapter 13 is filed. If a Chapter 7 is filed, it would buy you time as well. Thus, so long as the bankruptcy is filed before the tax sale, it would stop the sale.

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