First, let’s discuss taxes that are not dischargeable. If sale or payroll taxes are owed, they will not be discharged in a personal chapter 7 bankruptcy. Those taxes are collected by the business/taxpayer for the benefit of the state or federal government. Individuals collect such taxes as a “fiduciary”. A fiduciary is a person or business with the power and obligation to act for another under circumstances which require total trust, good faith and honesty.