Recently enacted legislation regarding consumer debt cancellation has helped thousands of American borrowers survive the ongoing recession with home and hearth intact, but, unfortunately, the majority of debtors around the United States – including the most impoverished borrowers who desperately need such assistance – are still unawares about just what the new laws entail.
As of 2007, funds that are owed to a professional creditor and subsequently forgiven through some sort of settlement negotiation or other arrangement will need to keep in mind that the amount of the debt cancellation could well be considered income as regards state and federal taxation.
Obviously, any form of debt cancellation would still be of great benefit, but, nevertheless, heads of household that have only just managed to throw off the shackles of one lender would not want to unknowingly let themselves in for another bill they cannot easily repay.
This all depends upon the specific circumstances of the borrowers and their own salaries and sets of exemptions, of course, but the new availability of debt cancellation techniques such as settlement negotiation has led to a great number of ordinary citizens staring down unknown tax burdens which disturb the family budget.
Once consumers think about the practicalities of debt cancellation, all should make sense quickly enough. The government does not judge money originally borrowed from a credit card company or some similar unsecured lender to be a source of personal revenue since, by contractual agreement, the loans would have to be satisfied.
Indeed, if the loans were for business purposes or some other intent that’s officially tax exempt, the interest paid could even be written off by an astute accountant experienced in the field.
Once debt cancellation eliminates the need for renumeration, though, everything changes. Borrowers whose debt cancellation only came about because of some unforeseeable family emergency or a long lasting stretch of unemployment afflicting the primary wage earner may find some insult to the notion that their debt cancellation be deemed earnings, but, at the same time, one simply cannot throw logic at the Internal Revenue Service and expect a personal apology due to any individual situation.
Once Americans consumers spend money lent out by unsecured creditors and then see those funds disappear through a debt cancellation program, they should expect the authorities to view all such money in exactly the same way as an undeclared income source with penalties to match.
Debt settlement negotiation has so quickly attracted its reputation for quick and effective debt cancellation because of the successful resolution of credit card bills following the diminished modern protection provided through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Debt cancellation through bankruptcy isn’t bound to the rules of income tax, of course, and insolvent consumers would still have a potential case to make:
though much of that designation remains subjective and bound to IRS guidelines for state income levels.
Still, this isn’t to say that any borrowers should think twice about entering into a settlement negotiation program or any other solution which may offer sizable debt cancellation results.
However difficult it may be for borrowers to suddenly come up with the hundreds of dollars required to afford the tax bill engendered from the thousands of dollars saved through the debt cancellation, the alternative would surely be worse.