Tag Archives: Debt

Short Sale

Today TaxMama® hears from YbSick in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common question.  “In a short sale where they abandoned the property and they receive a cancellation of debt, is it non-taxable since it was on their personal residence? Is there a time limit on how long after they move out of the property it […]

Reverse Mortgages

Today TaxMama® hears from Dave in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “How do we deduct interest on a reverse mortgage?” 

Bought a House

Today TaxMama® hears from Atomicar in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “We bought a house in December 2011 and moved in first day of 2012. What expenses can we deduct? (I know we can’t deduct house hunting or moving expenses.).”

Warning to Co-signers

Today TaxMama® hears from Toni in the TaxQuips Forum with this sad problem. “I volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide. Last week a taxpayer brought in a 1099-C with his other papers. It turns out he had co-signed for a vehicle. When the vehicle ‘owner’ disappeared, the lienholder collected a reduced amount from the co-signer. It was […]

Homes and Attributes

Today TaxMama hears from Cathy in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “Are taxpayers required to file Form 982 when their Principal Residence is foreclosed on? If so, would they check off Part 1, 1e “Discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness”? If the Cancellation of Debt for a foreclosure is a principal residence, attributes do not […]

Loan Modification Tax Effect

Today TaxMama hears from Janet in the TaxQuips Forum with a quick question. “We have applied for a loan modification on our home.  Will that have any affect when we file taxes next year?  I’d ask the loan counselor, but they are impossible to reach.”

Should I File BK?

Today TaxMama hears from Bruce in the TaxQuips Forum who needs to make a decision. “My business failed last year and my wife and I are mulling over whether to declare personal bankruptcy due to this.  Towards the end of the life of the business, I put a lot of money on my credit cards, […]

Time & Money Saving Devices

When I was poor and working my way though college at night, I got low-paying, part-time jobs, doing bookkeeping, writing by hand, into a journal and ledgers. I worked forty hours a week, had time to get two college degrees. And still had my weekends free.  I owned a house, had savings and a car, free and […]

Legal Fees on Cancelled Debt

Today TaxMama hears from Carole in the TaxQuips Forum, with this interesting question. “Can a person deduct legal fees paid to lawyers that negotiated their debt (both personal & business credit cards as well as a mortgage on their personal home) as an itemized deduction? I’ve read that legal fees for collecting or producing taxable income […]

Read This if you Need More Time to Pay Your Taxes

Courtesy of IRS [But read TaxMama’s Tips at Suze Orman’s MoneyMindedMoms.com site – if you need even MORE time! And don’t like IRS’s options.] Taxpayers who owe taxes may be relieved to know that there are some options for those who owe and can’t afford to pay the full amount right away. Here are the top […]