Does the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 protect me from owing taxes?
No. You have to qualify. Please read below information taken directly from the IRS website: What is the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007? The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was enacted on December 20, 2007 (see News Release IR-2008-17). Generally, the Act allows exclusion of income realized as a result of modification of the terms of the mortgage, or foreclosure on your principal residence. What does exclusion of income mean? Normally, debt that is forgiven or cancelled by a lender must be included as income on your tax return and is taxable. But the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act allows you to exclude certain cancelled debt on your principal residence from income. Debt reduced through mortgage restructuring, as well as mortgage debt forgiven in connection with a foreclosure, qualifies for the relief. Does the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act apply to all forgiven or cancelled debts? No. The Act applies only to forgiven or cancelled debt used to buy,