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FAQ About Debt Relief

Learn more about debt relief facts with these Frequently Asked Questions about debt relief on a foreclosed property.


Title Transfer On Foreclosed Property

Question: How do I know whether or not title has transferred on a foreclosed property?

Answer: In order to find out whether or not the title has transferred on a foreclosed property, you should simply check in with the local title company or call the lender.

Acquisition And Nonrecourse

Question: If a buyer gets two mortgages at the time of a purchase, are they both acquisition debt AND both nonrecourse?

Answer: If a buyer gets two mortgages at the time of the purchase they are both acquisition debt, however, the second trust deed may be recourse by the terms of the deed of trust. The first is not by operation of law.

Judicial Foreclosure Debt Relief Facts

Question: In a judicial foreclosure, how long does the lender have to hold the property before sale?

Answer: In a judicial foreclosure, the lender has one year to hold the property.

Rental Property Mortgages

Question: Are rental property mortgages recourse?

Answer: Yes rental property mortgages are considered to be recourse loans.

Qualifying Residence

Question: Can you use the new rules for qualifying residence debt exclusion and insolvency for nonqualifying debt?

Debt Relief Facts

Answer: Yes. You can use the exclusion for qualifying debt and the insolvency exception for the nonqualifying discharged debt per Publication 4681. However, if the qualifying residence debt exceeds $2,000,000.00, you cannot exclude the excess under the insolvency exception. This can change and should be reviewed on a year by year basis.

Multiple Foreclosures

Question: If I have multiple foreclosures, do I compute insolvency for each one?

Answer: Yes. If you have multiple foreclosures, you are allowed the exclusion only to the extent of insolvency at the time of each debt cancellation.

COD Income

Question: If a taxpayer does not receive a 1099-C, is COD still income?

Answer: Yes the COD is still income even if a 1099-C is not received. Many taxpayers do not get the forms because they move or fail to notify the lender of their current address.

Business Foreclosure

Question: Where do I report COD income from a rental or business foreclosure?

Answer: Nonbusiness COD income should be reported on Form 1040, line 21 (Other Income), rental COD income goes on Schedule E and business COD income is reported on Schedule C.

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