Everyone agrees that people loosing their homes to Foreclosure is bad for individuals, banks, and neighborhoods. In fact so many people are aware of it even Congress is stepping in to help people in better proceed with Debt Forgiveness. In normal circumstances when you have a debt forgiven, or reduced, that amount is counted as taxable Income, according to the IRS. If you bank forgives you for the last $10,000 of your loan, why would the IRS think you have the cash to pay taxes on it? Silly.
The Federal Government is stepping in and offering up H.R. 3648, a bill that would eliminate Federal tax on debt forgiveness. The House has passed the bill and it is on the way to the Senate. So how would that impact us? Well in short it could lead to more Cincinnati residents staying in their homes. The US Census Bureau says that home ownership in the Cincinnati metro area has slipped a bit from 68.4% in 2005 to 65.5 in 2006. It is so important for us as a community to do the most we can to maintain our home ownership rates up because people who care about their homes also care about their communities. You can continue reading about this topic at Open Congress.