The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007’’.
SECTION 2. DISCHARGES OF INDEBTEDNESS ON PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE EXCLUDED FROM GROSS INCOME.
(a) IN GENERAL. Paragraph (1) of section 108(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking ‘‘or’’ at the end of subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (D) and inserting ‘‘, or’’, and by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following new subparagraph: ‘‘(E) the indebtedness discharged is qualified principal residence indebtedness which is discharged before January 1, 2010.’’.
(b) SPECIAL RULES RELATING TO QUALIFIED PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE INDEBTEDNESS. Section 108 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
‘‘(h) SPECIAL RULES RELATING TO QUALIFIED PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE INDEBTEDNESS.—
‘‘(1) BASIS REDUCTION.—The amount excluded from gross income by reason of subsection (a)(1)(E) shall be applied to reduce (but not below zero) the basis of the principal residence of the taxpayer.
‘‘(2) QUALIFIED PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE INDEBTEDNESS.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘qualified principal residence indebtedness’ means acquisition indebtedness (within the meaning of section 163(h)(3)(B), applied by substituting ‘$2,000,000 ($1,000,000’ for ‘$1,000,000 ($500,000’ in clause (ii) thereof) with respect to the principal residence of the taxpayer.
‘‘(3) EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN DISCHARGES NOT RELATED TO TAXPAYER’S FINANCIAL CONDITION.—Subsection (a)(1)(E) shall not apply to the discharge
of a loan if the discharge is on account of services performed for the lender or any other factor not directly related to a decline in the value of the residence or to the financial condition of the taxpayer.
‘‘(4) ORDERING RULE.—If any loan is discharged, in whole or in part, and only a portion of such loan is qualified principal residence indebtedness, subsection (a)(1)(E) shall apply only to so much of the amount discharged as exceeds the amount H. R. 3648—2 of the loan (as determined immediately before such discharge) which is not qualified principal residence indebtedness.
‘‘(5) PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘principal residence’ has the same meaning as when used in section 121.’’.
(1) Subparagraph (A) of section 108(a)(2) of such Code is amended by striking ‘‘and (D)’’ and inserting ‘‘(D), and (E)’’.
(2) Paragraph (2) of section 108(a) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: ‘‘(C) PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE EXCLUSION TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER INSOLVENCY EXCLUSION UNLESS ELECTED OTHERWISE. Paragraph (1)(B) shall not apply to a discharge to which paragraph (1)(E) applies unless the taxpayer elects to apply paragraph (1)(B) in lieu of paragraph (1)(E).’’.
(d) EFFECTIVE DATE. The amendments made by this section shall apply to discharges of indebtedness on or after January 1, 2007.
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