Mortgage Tax Relief Bill May Be Extended

Real Estate Agent

Thank you Melissa for this update. For the sake of thousands of folks still facing losing their homes through short sales or foreclosures, I hope this does get extended. I'll be following this for updates!

Original content by Melissa Zavala Cal BRE #01324959

mortgage debt reliefThat’s right, folks. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, which was set to expire at the end of this year, may, in fact, be extended. This would be good news for anyone still on the fence about listing their home as a short sale.

According to, President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal includes an extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.

As you may recall, the Act was designed by President Bush in order to ensure that homeowners who received principal reductions (or other forms of debt forgiveness on their primary residences) do not have to pay taxes on the amount forgiven—even though they are still subject to a 1099. 

Without the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, debt reduced through mortgage modifications or short sales qualifies as income to the borrower and is taxable. Under the Act, up to $2 million in debt elimination can be tax-free.

The budget proposal includes an extension that would apply to any amounts forgiven prior to January 1, 2015. At that point, the government would reassess the market and determine whether another extension is appropriate. This would be the second extension of the original bill. And, given the current state of the real estate market, it may not be a bad thing for homeowners who are underwater to have more time to consider all of their options with respect to their mortgage debt.


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Comments (3)

Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV

Kimberly ... Thanks for the great update ... Thanks to Melissa too!

Feb 24, 2012 10:18 PM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Kimberly: Thanks for reblogging my post. I hope that you have a nice day and a productive week.

Feb 25, 2012 10:46 PM
Kimberly Luna
Panama City Beach, FL

Your welcome Melissa! Thanks so much for posting an update to this subject that so many are worried about.

Feb 25, 2012 11:00 PM