On the surface, my initial consult had a tax problem: years of unpaid income taxes. The salary was on the upper end of what I usually see.
It was only after we talked at length that the story came out: the client had a mentally ill child and had drained retirement savings to pay for hospitalization for the child.
The client’s health insurance had a low limit on coverage for mental health; the only way to pay for treatment was to dip into retirement savings, generating a tax obligation.
The bankruptcy schedules will show tax debt. The underlying story will show that our health care system can be fatal to your economic health.