H.R. 3856, The Homeowners Debt Relief Extension Act of 2014 (18 comments ↓)

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H. R. 3856 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a 2-year extension of the exclusion from gross income for the discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness.

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February 11, 2014, 11:22am (report abuse)

We really need to get this bill passed. As a real estate agent I assure the failure to extend it has already started to cause homeowners to choose bankruptcy that leads to foreclosure. As a false since that it is a better option because of the fear of tax liability. You will see a resurge in foreclosures if they do not extend this bill9


February 11, 2014, 1:39pm (report abuse)

It's bad enough that a family has to refer to a short sale due to financial hardship, then that short sale doesn't close until after the reflief act expires, and then the government wants to penalize you again by inflicting taxation on what is perceived as "income", as opposed to a life line to help begin your ascension out of debt.



February 26, 2014, 2:15pm (report abuse)

We started this process with BoA in August of 2012. Part of our decision to proceed with a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure was the understanding that we would not be taxed on the Deficiency Forgiveness. BoA dragged their feet for almost a year and did not complete their side of the agreement and then at the midnight hour sold the mortgage to another company. This caused us to start the process over again. They completed the Deed in Lieu in 5 months but because of the previous delay, our previous home did not sell until 2014! Now we could owe as much as $60K in taxes for 2014 all because BoA delayed the process! There needs to be some consideration for those individuals that signed paperwork with their lenders in previous years who reasonably were counting on the Tax exmpemption.


March 2, 2014, 3:11pm (report abuse)

Experiencing income reduction over the past few years placed us in a hole. Attempting to sell our house 10 years after we bought now finds us upside down. With the debt forgiveness act we have an opportunity to do what's best for all while getting back to a place where we are stellar at paying all our remaining debts on time. Without this act in place, I see no option but to pursue chapter 7 bankruptcy to address the foreseeable 50k - 60k income and tax debt associated we will take as the house completes short sale or heads to foreclosure.

We entered the process with Citi Mortgage for short sale in November 2013 but the house has not sold. Timing is everything I guess.

Please consider the life changing impact failure to extend the act will have on American families like us who are struggling to keep heads above the water.

John P

March 7, 2014, 11:20am (report abuse)

With the Banks continuing to pull in millions of dollars through bailouts we, the homeowners are suffering with additional taxes leveled upon us, because we cannot sell our homes at fair market values. Please extend HR 3856 and allow us to rebuild our reputations, credit and dignity after having to suffer through foreclose on our homes because of Bank failures, delays and refusals to assist us. These life-changing events and impacts on our lives are more than most of us can indure.


March 10, 2014, 3:08pm (report abuse)

Looking at the Nation as a whole with many home owners in the situation where they need to move in order to take a job to support their families and cannot because of the decline in the housing market. For those who made the sacrifice to move and either sold their home in a short sell or executed a deed-in-lieu or fell into foreclosure, finding the funds to pay income taxes on the debt forgiven becomes extremely difficult. To build our Nation back up, we need to increase our buying power and decrease our unemployment. This bill provides the means to significantly keep our Nation on an upward track improving our economy, decreasing unemployment and increasing the overall buying power of our great Nation.


March 23, 2014, 10:30am (report abuse)

if this bill ie not passed my wife and i will owe taxes of approximately $150,000. Because of the economy our savings have already been wiped out

.Where does the government think they will get these taxes? We will never have them. I am 71 years old. How many IRS agents and money will it take to chase all millions of us down, only to wind up with no tax dollars anyway.

So, pass this bill and give us the same break you have already given others.

if this is a matter of political power,which it probably is, work it out



April 26, 2014, 5:25pm (report abuse)

"When we fail to keep faith with our veterans, the bond between our nation and our nation's heroes becomes frayed. When a veteran is denied care, we are all dishonored."Veterans are DIEING because of lack of medical care at VA hospitals,sad but true.BLUEWATER VETERANS HAVE BEEN DIEING FOR YEARS BECAUSE THEY ARENT RECOGNIZED AS BEING EXPOSED TO HERBICIDES WHILE OPERATING IN POLLUTED WATERS ALONG THE COAST OF VIETNAM.HOW MANY HAVE DIED?GOD ONLY KNOWS.THIS IS THE NEXT SCANDAL.


Dave S

May 22, 2014, 8:46am (report abuse)

Our government spent billions to bail out companies.

It's time to help the American people...the backbone of this great nation.

Pass the Bill.


June 3, 2014, 7:45pm (report abuse)

My husband and I need this to bill to pass to extend the debt forgiveness. This is not living the American Dream when you have no money even with working two jobs and you can not afford your home anymore that you have lived in for years. Your mortgage company won't work with you to decrease the payments. And if you try to sell it in a short sale your penalized because you get taxed on what the difference is. With the way it is currently there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

My husband and I had the dream when we got married to have a family and grow old together. Unfortunately we found out we were unable to have children after we got married. So the only option is to adopt which

would cost thousands of dollars. The way things are currently this doesn't seem possible.

Please pass this bill.


June 17, 2014, 5:51pm (report abuse)

I'm very concerned about the foot-dragging in Washington. I applaud the Democrat congressman for sponsoring this bill, although I am not a Democrat. Passing this bill should be a bipartisan effort, as it will save thousands of dollars for the unfortunate victims of the housing crises. Please work to get this bill passed.


June 27, 2014, 5:23pm (report abuse)

Don't be swayed by this feet-dragging!!! All it will take is for you people the sufferers to get busy and rally and force these idiots to pass this bill. There's no sense whining about it. Get on the phone, send them countless emails, get in their faces and make sure they do their jobs. They bail out the banks, they sure as hell can bail out the shrinking working class. They are dragging their feet because they're government bums that need to be woken up. Keep CALLING, EMAILING, get in their faces and make sure they pass the bill. It isn't science. They just have their priorities in the wrong place as usual.


(logged-in user) July 4, 2014, 12:13am (report abuse)

I am very far from politics.

My family is very depressed. Why does it take so long to pass Homeowners Debt Relief Extension Act? We settled with Bank of America which paid billions of dollars to the US Government to settle their case of wrongdoing on mortgages and avoid the court. Now my family will face the huge tax bill to pay on forgiven debt. You don't have to have brain to understand that it is just not fair.

I lost my sleep and loosing my mind.

Please, vote to pass this bill ASAP

Pass this immediately

July 9, 2014, 10:06pm (report abuse)

Taxing someone's hardship doesn't make any sense


August 27, 2014, 1:21pm (report abuse)

Taxing people on the "proceeds" of a short sale seems like kicking someone when they're down. Please pass this bill as soon as you can.

Robin Pitman

September 30, 2014, 7:54pm (report abuse)

Please help those of us who had to short sell. My husband died suddenly and I had no choice but to short sell. Dont further penalize those of us who are already struggling by paying taxes on this. Please help your citizens Congress. We need you to do the job we elected you to do.


November 24, 2014, 2:48pm (report abuse)

The Mortgage Home Modification Act was extended to January 1, 2016. Not extending the Hr3856 Debt Forgiveness Act to the same date would be a travesty. Taxing debt forgiveness for people in dire straits as real income makes no sense if you are trying to help Americans through the housing collapse and recovery


December 16, 2014, 5:37pm (report abuse)

Honestly if this bill does not pass I will no longer consider myself an American. My Granddad's fought Germans and Japanese in WWII my Grandma's were both nurses in WWII, my Uncle's fought in Vietnam, and my politicians bailed out Big Business and told me I owe them my life's saving for having profited from losing my home. SHAMEFUL

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