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By Betty Stroll | Agent in Westport, CT

Congress extends the mortgage forgiveness debt relief act .........

Congress passed a bill yesterday, The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Sec. 202) which extends the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act through December 31, 2013. This legislation extends dozens of other tax cuts that have expired or are set to expire at the end of the year, including one that extends homeowners’ ability to deduct the cost of mortgage insurance on a qualified personal residence.

Under the federal tax code, all types of forgiven debt are treated as income, subject to regular taxes.  Because of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, homeowners who get their mortgage debt forgiven through either a short sale or loan modification won’t be taxed on the amount forgiven up to $2 million.

This law was set to expire December 31, 2012. If it hadn’t been extended, any forgiven amount of debt would be considered taxable income, which would be devastating for homeowners who are already experiencing financial hardship.

Comments

By Pat and Steve Pribisko,  Wed Jan 2 2013, 11:53
The "fiscal cliff" turned into wonderful legislation that fixes many looming problems!
By Betty Stroll,  Wed Jan 2 2013, 12:10
I agree...and most of the people who are in this situation will be very happy! Hopefully they will read it and pass it along to their tax accountant.
 
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