Hall v. U.S.: Chapter 12 Debtors Liable for Post-Petition Taxes

By Nicholas A. Mirkay, Professor of Law, Creighton University School of Law

In a 5-4 decision issued on May 14, 2012,[1] the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal income taxes resulting from the post-petition sale or other disposition of farm assets are not “incurred by the estate” under section 503(b) of the Bankruptcy Code (all “section” references are to the Bankruptcy Code unless otherwise indicated) and, thus, are neither collectible nor dischargeable in a Chapter 12 plan.  Because the Chapter 12 estate is . . .

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