Beginning in January, homeowners with “underwater” mortgages will likely face a new tax bill if they sell their house, modify their mortgage or lose their home in foreclosure. The 2007 federal law that waived income taxes on unpaid mortgage debt is set to expire December 31, 2013.
Without the waiver, homeowners will be forced to pay income taxes on any mortgage amount forgiven by the lender, including foreclosure. Homeowners also will have to pay tax on mortgages that are unpaid because of a short sale or a loan modification, which lowers monthly payments. So this means that a typical homeowner who sells a house for $100,000 but still has a $200,000 mortgage could face a tax bill of $28,000.
Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.