Great News for Distressed Homeowners!
As reported earlier this month, without this provision, the IRS would have taxed homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale on the debt forgiveness by the lenders.
Realtors® Applaud Final Passage of Legislation to Extend Key Real Estate Tax Provisions
WASHINGTON (December 17, 2014) – The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron:
“The package of tax extensions approved by the U.S. House and Senate, and headed to the President’s desk for signature, includes important provisions that will help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014. NAR applauds Congressional leaders in both chambers for their effort to pass this legislation before adjournment.
“Realtors® strongly supported the bipartisan Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which was included in the package to prevent underwater borrowers from paying taxes on any mortgage debt forgiven or cancelled by a lender in a workout or after their home was sold for less money than was owed. We are grateful to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., for championing the provision.
Source: NAR 12-17-2014