Real Estate Short Sale Forgiveness of Debt
August 10, 2011
Date: 12 Feb 2011
Subject: did a short sale and got a 1099-s form
I did a short sale on my residence last year. I bought it for $380,000 and sold it for $230,000. The bank said they would forgive my debt, but I received a 1099-S form for $150,000. Do I have to report this?
Date: 9 Mar 2011
The figures don't seem to jive.
Form 1099-S is the form for reporting the gross proceeds from the sale of real estate. The form should show the $230,000 sales price of the home. You should report the sale of your residence on Schedule D, but limit the loss to zero as a personal use asset.
If you received a Form 1099-C for cancellation of indebtedness that qualifies for the exclusion for cancellation of qualified indebtedness for a principal residence, it is reported using Form 982. Check the box at Part I, item e and indicate the amount at Part I, item 2. See my article on short sales and foreclosures at www.realestateinvestingtax.com/shortsale.shtml.
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