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Help from Mortgage Debt Relief Act 2010

Article by Ask Bill Mortgage debt relief act 2010 or the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act 2010 may be thought of as an extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act 2007 which would provide relief to taxpayers whose debts were forgiven from 2007 to 2012. This Act was passed so as to help home owners whose homes were sold or foreclosed when the home prices dropped. The result was that the homes were worth less than the principal of the mortgage. The resultant loss incurred due to foreclosure or short sell would be considered as forgiven debt which would in turn be treated as income and hence taxable. The debtor who was finding it extremely difficult to pay off his debt now was to take a double hit in terms … Read entire article »

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The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007

Article by Hanri Parker President Bush signed into effect on December 20th of 2007 the Mortgage Forgiveness Act of 2007. The debt forgiveness act through mortgages applies to transactions taken place in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Finding out further information is what a person must have to make an informed decision and to see if the act applies and works for the individual. There is specific information that can be attain through the Internet at http://www.irs.gov, by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or by visiting a local IRS office. Many people confuse the act with general debt relief, but this is incorrect since this act deals primarily with mortgages. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act provides assistance to struggling homeowners by not taxing the debts forgiven or cancelled through either buying, building … Read entire article »

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The Four Options the Bank has When There is a Foreclosure Deficiency

One of the most common questions that a homeowner looking for help with their pending foreclosure asks is – what will the bank do to me if there is a defiency owed? Before I answer that question let me first discuss what I mean by deficiency. When your property is distressed and is facing foreclosure there is often a deficiency owed your lender/bank after a short sale, foreclosure auction, deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure, etc. In other words the bank only receives back an amount less (i.e. deficient) than what they lent you. That difference of what they were paid back and what you borrowed from them is the “deficiency”. The bank has a number of options to deal with the deficiency you owe them. I want to point out here that the method you use … Read entire article »

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Home Foreclosure and Debt Cancellation FAQ’s

Article by Chris Sims Debt reduced through mortgage restructuring, as well as mortgage debt forgiven in connection with a foreclosure, qualify for this relief. This provision applies to debt forgiven in 2007, 2008 or 2009. Up to $ 2 million of forgiven debt is eligible for this exclusion ($ 1 million if married filing separately). The exclusion doesn’t apply if the discharge is due to services performed for the lender or any other reason not directly related to a decline in the home’s value or the taxpayer’s financial condition. The amount excluded reduces the taxpayer’s cost basis in the home. More information on claiming this exclusion will be available soon. The questions and answers, below, are based on the law prior to the passage of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007. 1. What … Read entire article »

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There is Tax Relief for Taxpayers Facing Foreclosure

Article by Karin Velez The economy has hit taxpayers pretty hard over the last few years and many have had to negotiate with lenders to reduce their debts. In many cases, these lenders have allowed taxpayers to settle their debt for much less than what was owed. However, any cancelled debt over $ 600 may create a tax bill to the taxpayers. This includes mortgage forgiveness in the case of foreclosure or short sale. Generally any time you have a foreclosure or a cancelled debt you are hit with a second hardship – a tax bill. Lenders who have forgiven a debt issue a Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt, which shows both the taxpayer and the IRS the amount that was forgiven. The IRS considers this to be taxable “other” income since … Read entire article »

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IRS Insolvency Worksheet

Keeping a record of one’s total liabilities and assets in the IRS insolvency worksheet is important in proving that insolvency exists prior to cancellation of debt in one’s income. Debt Insolvency offers a complete guide on how to deal with insolvency and bankruptcy problems through well researched information and helpful links regularly updated for the user’s benefit. Cancelled debt is considered an income when a liability is forgiven. This is usually added as miscellaneous income on a person’s tax return and is therefore taxable. There are ways to exclude forgiven debt from taxable income and one measure involves discharging the liability in a bankruptcy. A person can qualify for exclusion of forgiven debt as income by proving an insolvency status before the cancellation of debt. An insolvency worksheet IRS needs to be … Read entire article »

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Form 982 Short Sale

A lot of people nowadays are being sent 1099-C to settle individual debts or debt consolidation. Upon receiving this form, make sure qualification is adequate in case one applies for IRS Form 982 to reduce the taxable income from cancelled debt. Checking box 1a means a discharge of indebtedness. The amount discharged for bankruptcy is recorded on line 2a and should only be listed on line 10a if one likes to retain non-depreciable assets and if the amount is above the remaining debt after the bankruptcy discharge. One other circumstance that the debtor can be charged by the taxman is if form 982 short sale conditions were not met. A short sale occurs when an excess exists on the amount the debtor owes the creditor upon filing for bankruptcy. The excess … Read entire article »

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Short Sale – Homeowners Road to Recovery!

When a homeowner defaults on their mortgage, typically after missing 3 – 6 payments, there lender will initiate the foreclosure process. Foreclosure is the legal and professional proceeding in which a lender obtains a court-ordered termination of a mortgagor’s equitable right of redemption. In layman’s terms a foreclosure is the legal process a lender must go through in order to take back a property after a homeowner has defaulted on the terms of their mortgage. Banks are not in the business of owning properties, and therefore every bank has some type of Asset Management department specifically for liquidating non-performing assets. So, as a homeowner, foreclosure doesn’t necessarily mean all hope is lost. One of the ways a lender can liquidate a non-performing or bad asset (mortgage) is to allow a … Read entire article »

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Are There Tax Implications for Short Sales?

Article by Mayer Dallal What does it all mean? Choosing to do a short sale can be a good option for you and your family when you find that you can no longer carry the burden of the payment. However, you do want to be informed as to how the short sale will affect you. The end result of doing a short sale will keep you credit in a better position, but there are short sale tax implications. A short sale is when the lender will allow the home to be sold for less than what is owed, allowing the homeowner to get out of the loan. The home does not have to be in foreclosure to choose a short sale, but the homeowner must be upside down in the home in order … Read entire article »

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Can I Stop My House Foreclosure if I File Bankruptcy?

Article by Lisa Jones Real estate has been steadily declining since 2007 from their previous highs. Anyone who bought a house in or before the year 2000 should be okay. However, this is dependent upon the fact of them taking equity out or if they refinanced their houses. If these homeowners do not have a steady job, they could be in for a hard time. Some of them had subprime loans to grab their property’s equity to use it for buying an expensive car or boat. The prices have dropped so drastically now that these people are underwater with their mortgages and they owe more on the house than it would sell for. Today, a lot of these loans are becoming due and many people are beginning to panic, trying to … Read entire article »

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Be Prepared: Examining Foreclosure Alternative Options

Article by Christopher M Lee As property values continue to depreciate and more and more homeowners are facing the loss of their homes, it is becoming increasingly important to be well informed of the options available. Foreclosure should always be the last resort, as it can be exceptionally devastating to a credit score. Both a deed in lieu of foreclosure and a short sale are valid alternatives that will have a gentler impact on a homeowner’s credit score. However, there are some key differences that will make each one more suitable to particular situations. Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure A deed in lieu of foreclosure is the most straightforward foreclosure alternative. In this case, a struggling homeowner would voluntarily turn over ownership of a residence (in the form of the deed to the property) … Read entire article »

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