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Cancellation of Debt Federal Income Tax Tax

Avoiding Cancellation of Debt Using Rebates or Refunds

Can taxpayers avoid cancellation of debt income by structuring debt reductions as rebates or refunds?  The court touched on this issue in French v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2018-36. The Facts & Procedural History The taxpayers borrowed money to purchase a home.  When they failed to make their payments on the mortgage, the bank made contacted […]

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Cancellation of Debt Federal Income Tax Tax

How are Employer Loans in Lieu of Wages Taxed?

Can you avoid paying Federal income tax by having your employer make loans to you in lieu of wages, and then have the employer forgive the loans over time?  The court addressed this in Wyatt v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2015-31. Facts & Procedural History Dr. Wyatt was a gynecologist.  He recruited to practice in Putnam […]

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Cancellation of Debt Federal Income Tax Tax

Is an Insurance Agents Repayment of Advanced Commissions Cancellation of Debt Income?

If an insurance company makes loans to its life insurance agents in lieu of wages and the insurance agents use a portion of those funds to repay costs to the insurance company, how is that taxed?  The court addressed this in Harper v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2007-133. Facts & Procedural History Mrs. Harper was in the […]