Struggling Homeowners Confront a 'Mortgage Fiscal Cliff'

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Struggling Homeowners Confront a ‘Mortgage Fiscal Cliff’

Struggling Homeowners Confront a ‘Mortgage Fiscal Cliff’

Congress should take another break, this time forever. We don’t need them because they don’t solve anything the right way.

Business Week-

While Congress wrangles over a debt deal, struggling homeowners may be facing a cliff of their own. That’s because a tax break aimed at helping distressed borrowers—set to expire at the end of the year—is caught up in the taxes vs. spending debate paralyzing Washington.

In the early days of the housing crisis, Congress passed the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007, which waives taxes on up to $2 million in loan forgiveness. Normally, forgiven debt is taxed as income. The bill shields borrowers from taxes in three situations: when a bank modifies a mortgage to reduce the principal; when a borrower sells her home in a short sale and the purchase price is less than the outstanding balance on the mortgage; and when a bank waives the portion of the mortgage balance it couldn’t recoup in a foreclosure.

[BUSINESS WEEK]

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  1. keepon says:

    White House Petitions Petition the Obama Administration to:
    Halt Foreclosures Nationwide & Prosecute the Financial Criminals

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/halt-foreclosures-nationwide-prosecute-financial-criminals/FdVJLnKK?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

    As of 11/23: 72 ?!? signatures 24,928 more needed Created 11/14 25,000 signatures needed

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