You should at least consult with an attorney that practices in this area so that you can be fully advised on all of your options and the ramifications of each. It may cost you a few hundred dollars in a consultation fee, but it is money well spent to know about all of your options. Generally speaking, if the home is/was your principle residence, the cancellation of debt by the bank is not taxable as income.
Every situation is different and no one should rely solely on information received from the internet. If you have any questions about your legal rights, you should consult with an attorney that practices in that area of law. Nothing in this message should be construed as creating any type of attorney-client relationship.
It is best for you to talk to a competent tax attorney or CPA in order to determine your tax liability. They wil also be able to advise you about the process of making payments, if any are due.
My best to you.
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As Diane suggested, it would be improper for anyone on Avvo (experienced tax attorney or not) to offer what amounts to legal advice with respect to your situation without a signed engagement letter. I can't speak for Orange City, Florida but Houston has numerous volunteer attorneys that would be climbing over each other to sit down and speak with you at no charge to discuss your options and rights moving forward, based on the specific facts, out of respect for your financial troubles and difficult issues. I would urge you to look for a volunteer attorney program, an elder law legal clinic at the nearest law school to you, or the closest Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) near you. Florida has a lot of attorneys, wherever you find attorneys you can find at least one that wants to serve the public interest with some pro bono assistance. Best of luck
There is NO attorney-client privilege based on this interaction. I am NOT your attorney. Further, everything we both just wrote is publicly available on the internet and would be the same as if we were talking in a crowded restaurant. If you need legal assistance use Avvo to find a local attorney in your jurisdiction that you feel can best represent your interests as a zealous advocate. My experience is in corporate tax, white collar criminal defense, partnership tax, and tax controversy/litigation. If you're being audited by the IRS or state taxing authority, or you are taking an unusually risky tax position on a return, that is the kind of thing you should have experienced counsel on your side and we can set up an initial consultation. If you have a family law, debt collection, violent crime sort of issue then I do not handle that. Do not contact me for an initial consultation on non-tax matters.
You should speak with an experienced foreclosure defense attorney in your area, he or she should be able to discuss all options with you. Our office is in Daytona Beach, We would be happy to provide a free consultation.