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State taxes free Publication 4681 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Reminder IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. State taxes free Tax questions. State taxes free Useful Items - You may want to see: Common Situations Covered In This Publication Reminder Future Developments. State taxes free  Information about any future developments affecting Publication 4681 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted at www. State taxes free irs. State taxes free gov/pub4681. State taxes free Photographs of missing children. State taxes free   The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. State taxes free Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that otherwise would be blank. State taxes free You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. State taxes free Introduction This publication explains the federal tax treatment of canceled debts, foreclosures, repossessions, and abandonments. State taxes free Generally, if you owe a debt to someone else and they cancel or forgive that debt for less than its full amount, you are treated for income tax purposes as having income and may have to pay tax on this income. State taxes free Note. State taxes free This publication generally refers to debt that is canceled, forgiven, or discharged for less than the full amount of the debt as “canceled debt. State taxes free ” Sometimes a debt, or part of a debt, that you do not have to pay is not considered canceled debt. State taxes free These exceptions are discussed later under Exceptions . State taxes free Sometimes a canceled debt may be excluded from your income. State taxes free But if you do exclude canceled debt from income, you may be required to reduce your “tax attributes. State taxes free ” These exclusions and the reduction of tax attributes associated with them are discussed later under Exclusions . State taxes free Foreclosure and repossession are remedies that your lender may exercise if you fail to make payments on your loan and you have previously granted that lender a mortgage or other security interest in some of your property. State taxes free These remedies allow the lender to seize or sell the property securing the loan. State taxes free When your property is foreclosed upon or repossessed and sold, you are treated as having sold the property and you may recognize taxable gain. State taxes free Whether you also recognize income from canceled debt depends in part on whether you are personally liable for the debt and in part on whether the outstanding loan balance is more than the fair market value (FMV) of the property. State taxes free Figuring your gain or loss and income from canceled debt arising from a foreclosure or repossession is discussed later under Foreclosures and Repossessions . State taxes free Generally, you abandon property when you voluntarily and permanently give up possession and use of property you own with the intention of ending your ownership but without passing it on to anyone else. State taxes free Figuring your gain or loss and income from canceled debt arising from an abandonment is discussed later under Abandonments . State taxes free This publication also includes detailed examples with filled-in forms. State taxes free Comments and suggestions. State taxes free    We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 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State taxes free Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 225 Farmer's Tax Guide 334 Tax Guide for Small Business (For Individuals Who Use Schedule C or C-EZ) 523 Selling Your Home 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 542 Corporations 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 908 Bankruptcy Tax Guide Form (and Instructions) 982 Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (and Section 1082 Basis Adjustment) 1099-C Cancellation of Debt 1099-DIV Dividends and Distributions 3800 General Business Credit Common Situations Covered In This Publication The sections of this publication that apply to you depend on the type of debt canceled, the tax attributes you have, and whether or not you continue to own the property that was subject to the debt. State taxes free Some examples of common circumstances are provided in the following paragraphs to help guide you through this publication. State taxes free These examples do not cover every situation but are intended to provide general guidance for the most common situations. State taxes free Nonbusiness credit card debt cancellation. State taxes free    If you had a nonbusiness credit card debt canceled, you may be able to exclude the canceled debt from income if the cancellation occurred in a title 11 bankruptcy case or you were insolvent immediately before the cancellation. State taxes free You should read Bankruptcy or Insolvency under Exclusions in chapter 1 to see if you can exclude the canceled debt from income under one of those provisions. State taxes free If you can exclude part or all of the canceled debt from income, you should also read Bankruptcy and Insolvency under Reduction of Tax Attributes in chapter 1. State taxes free Personal vehicle repossession. State taxes free    If you had a personal vehicle repossessed and disposed of by the lender during the year, you will need to determine your gain or nondeductible loss on the disposition. State taxes free This is explained in chapter 2 . State taxes free If the lender also canceled all or part of the remaining amount of the loan, you may be able to exclude the canceled debt from income if the cancellation occurred in a title 11 bankruptcy case or you were insolvent immediately before the cancellation. State taxes free You should read Bankruptcy or Insolvency under Exclusions in chapter 1 to see if you can exclude the canceled debt from income under one of those provisions. State taxes free If you can exclude part or all of the canceled debt from income, you should also read Bankruptcy and Insolvency under Reduction of Tax Attributes in chapter 1. State taxes free Main home foreclosure or abandonment. 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