When a mortgage lender cancels or forgives a debt, as is often the case with a short sale or foreclosure, the “forgiven” amount of that loan is reported on a Form 1099-C which is sent to the borrower. Absent legal safeguards such as a state’s anti-deficiency statute, or the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, the borrower may be responsible for the taxes resulting from that forgiven debt.
Many of our clients have had questions regarding tax forms they have received from their lender(s). The most common two forms sent by the mortgage lender are the Form 1098 and Form 1099-C. These are two very different forms with two very different ramifications.
To help understand these forms we have made a short 2 minute video on the Form 1098 and Form 1099-C. To watch just click below…
For additional information on the Form 1099-C and the Form 1098, please click below:
If you would like myself or Chris to review your 1099-C or 1098 please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your last name and 1099-C or 1098 in the subject line (i.e. Smith 1099-C).
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