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Unless you were insolvent (liabilities exceeded assets) just before the debt cancellation, you aren't going to qualify for any exclusion. You'll need to report the income.
I'm sure that's not what you wanted to hear, but unfortunately that is the situation.
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The following link is to the Form (982) that you would file to claim the exclusion, if you did qualify.
If you look at Part 1 of the form, you will see the circumstances that would qualify for the forgiveness;
As you can see, the only possible exclusion for you and your credit card cancellation income would be insolvency.
and claiming insolvency when she is going to get a refund of appx $2,700 wouldn't make any sense I'm assuming. unless of course she has lots of debt w/ no assets to pay them with. For example, if she has $20K in credit debt but only liquid asset would be the $2,700 then she might qualify?
She thankfully doesn't have other credit card debt (at least that isn't collectable at this point) so insolvency I guess won't work. BUT in the future all I have to remember is I can claim this exception IF taxpayer is insolvent (Liab > assets)?
Who received the debt forgiveness income?
Does she own a home?
no - rent apt
In the beginning of your question, why are you referring to your return ie. the $35,?
mistake. it's her return
Insolvency means all of her assets; cash, jewelry, personal property, car, etc.
Are you typing? Chat has been acting up lately?
ok: so insolvency means all assets - cash/jewelry/etc MORE than all liabilities?
yes, assets more than liabilities means you are solvent;
ok - well she recently was given a small amount of land,not worth much but would knock her out of being insolvent.
okay you answered my question
& wouldn't qualify for the exclusion
I know what would qualify in future too.
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Only if the law is extended
Right now it is good through 2012 only