Without Qualifying for Exemption, Forgiven Mortgage Debt May be Taxed
I always advise you to talk to your account and or attorney as I am not an attorney or account and can not give you legal advice pertaining to MN Short Sales. With hundreds of thousands of homeowners having negotiated loan modifications, MN short sales or been foreclosed upon during the past year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued fresh guidance on how to handle canceled mortgage debt during the tax season. In its latest guidance, the IRS focuses on several key points that MN homeowners and former owners need to know, especially pertaining to MN short sales. One guideline is just because a lender wrote off a portion of your mortgage debt doesn’t mean you automatically qualify for special tax treatment during a MN short sale. To the contrary, there are essential tests you need to pass to qualify: The debt your lender canceled during the MN short sale must have been used by you “to buy, build or substantially improve your principal residence.” Anyone who has had mortgage debt cancellation as part of a loan modification or foreclosure should go to IRS.gov and download Form 982 and IRS Publication 4681 for additional filing details. If you think you may potentially have a reason to call due to an MN short sale or foreclosure you can also call 800-TAX-FORM to request copies. Lenders who write off unpaid mortgage balances typically provide borrowers with a year-end IRS form 1099-C cancellation of debt statement, including the amount of the loan forgiven for the MN short sale and the fair market value of the property. If you’ve had mortgage debt canceled but have never received a 1099-C from your lender, get in touch and request it if you want to avoid federal tax hassles. If you need any help with MN short sales we, the Twin City Real Estate Team with Remax Advantage Plus in Shakopee can help. We work with multiple attorneys in the area that offer free consultations to show you your options if you are considering staying in your home, foreclosures or MN short sales.