Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The 2007 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relieft Act has been EXTENDED!!!!!

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, loan modification, deed in lieu or foreclosure won’t be taxed on the amount forgiven up to $2 million. This has been a huge incentive for sellers in a distressed situation!!! This act has helped distressed homeowners move on and get back on track faster!
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 a financial hardship.

If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure please do not hesitate to call me! I am an experienced short sale agent who can help you avoid foreclosure!! I am a FREE service to you if you qualify for a short sale!!!  There are options available to you, don't just walk away!!!