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Do you have to pay taxes on a forgiven debt?

Last Updated: 14th March, 2020

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According to the IRS, if a debt is canceled, forgiven or discharged, you must include the canceled amount in your gross income and pay taxes on that “income,” unless you qualify for an exclusion or exception. Creditors who forgive $600 or more of debt for you are required to file Form 1099-C with the IRS.

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Also to know is, do I have to pay taxes on forgiven mortgage debt?

The IRS jargon for this kind of debt is "qualified principal residence indebtedness." If your forgiven debt qualifies for this exclusion, even though the debt will be excluded from your income and you won't need to pay income taxes on it, you still need to report the forgiven debt to the IRS as part of your tax return.

Subsequently, question is, why is forgiven debt considered income? In general, if you have cancellation of debt income because your debt is canceled, forgiven, or discharged for less than the amount you must pay, the amount of the canceled debt is taxable and you must report the canceled debt on your tax return for the year the cancellation occurs.

Likewise, do you have to pay taxes on settled debt?

The IRS may count a debt written off or settled by your creditor as taxable income. If you settle a debt with a creditor for less than the full amount, or a creditor writes off a debt you owe, you might owe money to the IRS. The IRS treats the forgiven debt as income, on which you might owe federal income taxes.

How can I avoid paying taxes on forgiven debt?

According to the IRS, if a debt is canceled, forgiven or discharged, you must include the canceled amount in your gross income and pay taxes on that “income,” unless you qualify for an exclusion or exception. Creditors who forgive $600 or more of debt for you are required to file Form 1099-C with the IRS.

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