President Obama’s 2013 Budget includes an extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007

This Act ensures that homeowners who received principal reductions or other forms of debt forgiveness on their primary residences do not have to pay income taxes on the amount forgiven.

Without the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, debt reduced through mortgage modifications or short sales qualifies as income to the borrower and is taxable. Under the act, up to $2 million of this type of debt elimination can be tax-free.

In the Treasury’s summary explanation of the administration’s budget proposal, it calls for an extension of the tax break due to “the continued importance of facilitating home mortgage modifications.”

The administration is proposing an extension that would apply to any amounts forgiven before the date of January 1, 2015.

 

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