If you received both a Form 1099-A Acquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property and a Form 1099-C Cancellation of Debt for a rental property, enter the Form 1099-C first to determine if the canceled debt is taxable. If it is, you must decide whether or not to file Form 982 Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (and Section 1082 Basis Adjustment) to exclude the canceled debt from income. If you do file Form 982 to exclude the canceled debt income, then you would need to reduce the basis in the rental property asset by the amount excluded.
The program will walk you through the entry of Form 1099-C and Form 982, but if necessary, you would need to manually adjust the basis on the asset in the depreciation section of the rental property Q&A.
Note. If the canceled debt is included in income (i.e. you do not file Form 982), then you would not need to reduce the basis in the property.
Below are the steps for entering Form 1099-C in the TaxAct program:
The Form 1099-A information would be used to enter the sale within the Schedule E (Form 1040) Supplemental Income and Loss section of the program:
Note. This is not done automatically by the program. You must manually adjust the cost basis in the asset section. You would then continue through that asset section entering the disposal information. Below is additional information on determining the correct information for those entries.
Use the Worksheet for Foreclosures and Repossessions in IRS Publication 4681 Canceled Debts, Foreclosures, Repossessions, and Abandonments (for Individuals) on page 13, to determine the entries for the following:
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