No state taxes for Foreclosure and short sales in California any more

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Good news for San Jose, California homeowners who lost their homes in Foreclosure and Short sales. As reported by LA Times the measure, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, would waive California state taxes on mortgage debt that has been forgiven in a foreclosure or short sale. So far, the amount waived has been considered taxable income under California law. The measure passed Thursday would eliminate that tax when a bank agrees to accept less than what is owed on a home.

This is a big news for thousands of Californians whose homes were foreclosed on or sold at a loss. It also comes as a relief to thousand others who are going through this process and may lose their homes via foreclosure or short sales in the future. In California 1 out of every 195 housing units received a foreclosure filing in February 2010. (source RealtyTrac)

Californians can already claim the tax breaks on federal returns. Lawmakers passed the measure in time for people to take advantage of it by the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns.


With the plunge in the real estate market, many Californians have found themselves owing much more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. First American Core Logic reports that 37% of the homes in California were underwater in Q4 2009.
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Comments (2)

Christine Hynes
American Capital Corporation - Laguna Beach, CA
Orange County Senior Loan Consultant

Thanks for the blog Shashank, I hadn't seen this before. It is great news for people who have had to go through a foreclosure or short sale and who are already dealing with financial problems.

Apr 09, 2010 07:08 AM
Even if they would ignore the short sale, you're aiknsg them to overlook a bankruptcy too. I'm sorry for your personal circumstances, but you're aiknsg for a lot from someone who is putting their money on the line and taking a chance on you. Hang in there and do your best to rebuild your credit in the meantime. Good luck!PS I've found mortgage brokers have the most options in general since they can access so many banks. If you haven't yet, find a recommended broker in your area.
Jul 21, 2012 03:52 PM