Heck Introduces Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act to Help Underwater Homeowners

    Heck Introduces Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act to Help Underwater Homeowners

    WASHINGTON, DC – July 24, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — With Las Vegas and the state of Nevada still struggling to reverse the devastating effects of the housing crisis, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today introduced legislation that would help homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage. The Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act ensures underwater homeowners are not subjected to additional income taxes if a portion of their mortgage is forgiven. Homeowners who undergo a mortgage refinancing or “short sell” their home would be required to pay an additional income tax on the difference between the homes original value and the current value. However, Rep. Heck’s bill would prevent that sum from being taxed as income because the homeowner never actually receives that money

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