Originally Posted by boxxed
In my case I did file bankruptcy and included my mortgage and it was discharged.
Being that I now agreed to a loan modification do you think it opens me up to having the pay taxes on the deficiency?
I am not exactly sure how that is going to work.
No I don’t think so; you do not have to pay taxes on forgiven loan balance if that mortgage loan was for your primary residence. The primary residence is a home where you live for the majority of the year. The only exception to this rule is if the total amount forgiven exceeds $2 million. Anything up to that point is tax-free. The rest is automatically taxable
As you can see, a loan modification is the result of a negotiation between you, a borrower , and lender, typically over a large loan like a mortgage. Modifications help both sides compromise when the borrower cannot make the current monthly payments. This can save the borrower from foreclosure and credit damage, but the modification may also create tax complications; forgiven debt also affects taxes. Forgiven debt is the amount of money that the borrower would owe to the lender if the loan was unchanged. Sometimes loan modification results in debt settlement, in which the lender forgives a large amount of money. This money counts as income to the IRS and can create an extra tax burden when it comes time to pay taxes. Exception is:As you said, the IRS responded to the housing market crash in 2007 and 2008 by creating exceptions to its forgiven debt rule, specifically designed to make it easier for homeowners to modify their loans. Prior to 2007, all forgiven debt, including debt on mortgages, was reportable as income. In 2007, however, the Congress enacted the Mortgage Debt Relief Act. The MDRA exempts mortgage debt on a taxpayer's primary residence as income.