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End of mortgage-fix break could mean big tax bills

from CNNMoney

A tax break for struggling mortgage borrowers ends Jan. 1 and that could mean big tax bills — and financial hits for their neighbors. Say a family is behind on their mortgage and the bank cuts them a deal, maybe reducing the loan principal or forgiving the mortgage balance after a "short sale" in which the seller owes more than the final price. Under traditional Internal Revenue Service rules, the amount of that debt forgiveness would be taxable income. more

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