Are real estate taxes deducted at the short sale closing?

August 10, 2011

From:  Carol
Date:  9 Mar 2011

Useful information on the short sale. Thank you.

Are real estate taxes deducted at the short sale closing (which in turn decrease the amount the bank gets, which increases the debt foregiveness) deductible by the homeowner on Schedule A even though they did not technically pay them?

Thank you,
Carol

Answer

Date:  20 May 2011

Hello Carol,

Yes.

The taxpayer is still selling the property that he or she owns, just for an amount less than the balance of the mortgage. The property taxes are being paid using the proceeds from the sale of the property.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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