Offer and Compromise (â€œMortgage Debt Relief,â€ also known as â€œThe Short-Saleâ€). The prospect of debt forgiveness often sounds like a blessing, until the borrower being so â€œblessedâ€ suddenly realizes that, in order to qualify for the debt-relief, he/she must prove virtual insolvency; destroy his/her credit ; and have a ready and willing (highly qualified) buyer waiting in the wings. Then comes the next sudden insightâ€¦ that any debt to be forgiven (â€œrelievedâ€) is taxable by the IRS in the year the relief is realized. To top it all off, the â€œforgiven debtorâ€ ends up empty-handed. He/she is forced to walk away with nothing to show for those years of hard work, sacrifice and effort .
Foreclosure. Many over-burdened homeowners erroneously reason that if they were willing to sacrifice their credit standing, they could just â€œwalk-awayâ€ from a burdensome property without further repercussions. The fact is, however, that unless the defaulting borrower were to be insolvent, the difference between what is owed to the bank and what the bank finally sells the property for, is reported to the IRS by the bank, and treated, along with the bankâ€™s costs of disposition, as taxable income (â€œdebt-reliefâ€). The IRS also treats any unpaid (â€œbackâ€) mortgage payments as taxable income to the defaulting party.
Deed-in-lieu of Foreclosure. In a declining or stagnant Real Estate market, a lenderâ€™s acceptance of ownership of a property with no or minimal equity, instead of repayment of the mortgage loan, is highly unlikely (an under-statement). However, even if a bank were to entertain such acceptance, the IRS would none-the-less likely view any resulting debt-relief and unpaid amounts (e.g., back payments, insurance, property taxes, etc.) as taxable income to the homeowner.
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