United States Code
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Priority of Government claims
A claim of the United States Government shall be paid first when—
a person indebted to the Government is insolvent and—
the debtor without enough property to pay all debts makes a voluntary assignment of property;
property of the debtor, if absent, is attached; or
an act of bankruptcy is committed; or
the estate of a deceased debtor, in the custody of the executor or administrator, is not enough to pay all debts of the debtor.
This subsection does not apply to a case under title 11.
A representative of a person or an estate (except a trustee acting under title 11) paying any part of a debt of the person or estate before paying a claim of the Government is liable to the extent of the payment for unpaid claims of the Government.
(Pub. L. 97–258,
Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 972.)
cite as: 31 USC 3713