Foreclosure or Short Pay Debt? New Laws

Starting September 25, 2008, the federal income tax exemption for debt forgiven on a home loan now partly applies to California's state income taxes.

Federal law provides a tax exemption for debt forgiveness on a loan incurred for acquiring, constructing, or substantially improving a principal residence up to $2 million if the debt is discharged from 2007 through 2012.

Under the new California law, the maximum qualifying debt is $800,000, and the maximum exclusion is $250,000. The California law only applies to a debt discharged in 2007 or 2008. (Info by California Association of Realtors)

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