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I received a letter from the IRS stating that my taxable income

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I received a letter from the IRS stating that my taxable income was adjusted because a debtor reported canceled debt and that I now owe over $1,000.00. I payed the debt off. When I originally filed my taxes I never claimed any reduction in first place regarding this debt or the amount I was paying every month to pay it off. If this amount is added to my taxable income total then they are taxing me on more than I made in 2010. My question is how do I respond to this letter? How can I be taxed on paying off a debt?

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Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 4 years ago.

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If you negotiate with the creditor and all or part of the debt is forgiven or the debt would be canceled under bankruptcy protection procedure - you are sent the form 1099-C.

The amount of debt forgiven is reportable on 1099-C - - generally is taxable, unless any exemption apply -- you should file a form 982 - - to proof your exemption - and might exclude all or part of canceled debt from taxable income.

Which exclusion to use - depends on the type of your dent and specific qualification requirements.


If you paid the full debt off as you stated above - and there were nothing to forgive - that means - form 1099C was issued incorrectly.

In this case - you need to contact the lender and ask to correct form 1099C. Be sure to contact via certified mail - so if they refuse - you will have supporting documents that you tried to resolve the issue - and will file a formal complain with the IRS.

Let me know if you need any help.

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