Everything You Need to Know About the Dreaded 1099-C

Personal Finance

Everything You Need to Know About the Dreaded 1099-C

Everything You Need to Know About the Dreaded 1099-C

If you got a 1099-C in the mail and thought, “Why is this happening?!” join the club — most Americans are frightened by tax forms. But the last thing you should do is ignore it. A copy of these forms are electronically sent to the tax man, and the tax man will slap you with penalties if you fail... Read More

There’s No Such Thing As a Free House, Even When You Win the Foreclosure Battle

Mortgages

There’s No Such Thing As a Free House, Even When You Win the Foreclosure Battle

There’s No Such Thing As a Free House, Even When You Win the Foreclosure Battle

Some homeowners are emerging from the housing crisis with “free houses,” according to a recent article in the New York Times. According to the article, some homeowners are seeing the foreclosure cases brought against them dismissed because lenders missed key deadlines or because the statute of limitations has expired (here’s a nifty guide on states’... Read More

Is Your Foreclosure Really Behind You?

Mortgages

Is Your Foreclosure Really Behind You?

Is Your Foreclosure Really Behind You?

As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Last year, the phenomena of “zombie deeds” came to light when it was discovered that homes vacated by their owners under the belief that they had been foreclosed really weren’t foreclosed at all and the owners still owned the house. Now the specter of... Read More

The Little-Known Form for Avoiding a Big Tax Bill

Personal Finance

The Little-Known Form for Avoiding a Big Tax Bill

The Little-Known Form for Avoiding a Big Tax Bill

An estimated 5.75 million forms reporting “cancellation of indebtedness income” have been sent to taxpayers this year. But how many of these 1099-C forms are correct? Given the complaints we’ve received on our blog, we suspect the number of mistakes is significant. Here are just a few examples of some of the mistakes our readers... Read More

I Can’t Pay My Taxes. What Do I Do?

Managing Debt

I Can’t Pay My Taxes. What Do I Do?

I Can’t Pay My Taxes. What Do I Do?

As much as we’d all like a refund this tax season, not everyone gets money back from the IRS. If you’re not prepared for it, owing money on your taxes can seriously stress your budgets and, potentially, your credit. If you’re not sure whether you’ll owe or be owed, there’s no better time than now... Read More

The Tax Form Everyone Fears

Managing Debt

The Tax Form Everyone Fears

The Tax Form Everyone Fears

If you settled an outstanding debt in 2013, you may have more paperwork to fill out. Creditors who forgive debts of $600 or more are required to file a Form 1099-C Cancellation of Debt, because the IRS says you must include canceled debt in your gross income. You then have to pay taxes on that... Read More

Taxpayer v. IRS: 3 Real-Life Stories When Taxpayers Won

Managing Debt

Taxpayer v. IRS: 3 Real-Life Stories When Taxpayers Won

Taxpayer v. IRS: 3 Real-Life Stories When Taxpayers Won

When Mary Catherine Fontenot received a 1099-C form in the mail listing almost $30,000 in canceled debt income, she was alarmed. Would she owe taxes on all that income? But then she went into high gear and began researching her options. She came across a story about how discharged student loan debt can trigger a... Read More

The Tax Form From Hell: The 1099-C Saga Continues

Managing Debt

The Tax Form From Hell: The 1099-C Saga Continues

The Tax Form From Hell: The 1099-C Saga Continues

If you received a 1099-C reporting forgiven or cancelled debt, you may be grappling with how to minimize the taxes you may have to pay as a result. Some taxpayers will be able to avoid paying taxes on part or all of the amount listed as discharged on the 1099-C if they qualify for an... Read More

The Complete Guide to Finding Tax Help

Personal Finance

The Complete Guide to Finding Tax Help

The Complete Guide to Finding Tax Help

Are you going to file your tax return on your own this year, or will you need a little help? Even if you are doing your own taxes you may find yourself stumped, if for example; There have been some major changes in your life during the last year: divorce, marriage, adoption of a child,... Read More

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