Bankruptcy can be a useful tool to get rid of some types of tax debts. But the key word here is "some." In Chapter 7 bankruptcy you can discharge (eliminate) older income tax debts that meet certain criteria. In Chapter 13 bankruptcy you can also discharge certain types of tax debts. For those you cannot discharge you'll have to pay them in full through your Chapter 13 plan. Check out the articles below for details on how bankruptcy treats tax debts and tax liens.