I settled a credit card debt earlier this year and received a 1099-C. I was insolvent at the time and plan to file Form 982 with my federal tax return. Is there a similar form that I can file with my Massachusetts tax return to avoid having to claim the settlement as income on my state taxes?
I am not a MA lawyer but from my research on the internet it appears that other taxpayers have called the Rules & Regs division of the MA Dept of Revenue this past year for a similar situation. Here is what was uncovered by my search:
"MA does follow Federal laws regarding COD for insolvency. Forgiveness of Debt income would normally be on Schedule X, other income. Since there is no MA equivalent to the Form 982, I was unsure whether or not to paper file and attach a schedule showing the COD reported on the 1099 and then indicating it was not taxable due to insolvency. The person I spoke with at the DOR said that this was not necessary and I can e-file the return leaving Schedule X blank. " To be sure a call to the Department of Revenue (DOR) to confirm would be most prudent.
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Massachusetts does follow an earlier version of the Internal Revenue Code exception to income where debt is forgiven and the taxpayer is insolvent at the time of the foregiveness. I highly recommend you have a very qualified tax preparer (such as a tax lawyer, as I am), and fill out both the federal and state return very carefully as these issues get audited frequently and can cost much more to you as an audit than a little extra in the preparation.
Contact a local tax professional to determine if MA complies with Fed law in this area and ask them what equivalent form would then need to be filed.
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