Lately, I have done a fair amount of lecturing to CPAs and others about debt settlement, illustrating the techniques used for handling debt with this bankruptcy alternative. For a description of the relative advantages in comparison t0 Chapter 13 bankruptcy, I have composed a summary:Chapter 13 compared to Debt Settlement.
Of course, some will worry about tax issues in debt settlement, as well they should. The good news is that an insolvent debtor can escape taxation on debt forgiveness, using the IRS insolvency rules. Want to calculate if you qualify? Use the Insolvency Worksheet.
If you are a professional who wants the best information, I would suggest IRS Pub 4681 , which details the rules in depth. Also, the IRS website on this topic is useful: Debt Forgiveness IRS websites . In any event, those loaded up with consumer debt should consider debt settlement as a useful alternative to Chapter 13 bankruptcy, or other debt workout alternatives.