After a short sale, there is still one more type of paperwork that the seller has to accomplish and it pertains to income tax after a short sale. Ordinarily, a debt that has been forgiven is still treated as taxable income. However, because of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, homeowners may qualify to exclude the forgiven debt from the net taxable income but what is considered as a forgiven debt and what makes a homeowner qualified for debt relief? It is important for a homeowner who just went through a short sale to fully understand the provisions under Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 since not all types of debt forgiven can be excluded from the net taxable income. By doing so, a homeowner can avoid paying for unnecessary taxes or being penalized for excluding a taxable income. Here are the common questions that relate to income tax after a short sale.
What is forgiven debt?
A forgiven debt is an amount you owe your lender but have been waived usually as a result of a request backed by a very valid reason. In the case of a short sale, a forgiven debt is the difference between the selling price and the mortgage which the lender or bank has waived because of your valid hardship situation.
What is exclusion of forgiven debt or income?
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