Retroactive Tax Law Benefits for 2017

The Bipartisan Budget Act caused the Internal Revenue Service to allow three popular tax benefits to be claimed retroactively. Most of these benefits expired in 2016 but can be claimed in 2017. The Internal Revenue Service’s system has been reprogrammed to accept these benefits.

The first benefit is exclusion from gross income on the discharge of indebtedness on a qualified principal residence. In other words, if you sold your home, for less than full value, and it was your principal residence, the amount you do not repay the lender does not need to be included in your income. If you are eligible for this benefit, you will need to not only meet the requirements, but fill out Form 982.

The second benefit is claiming mortgage insurance premiums that are treated as qualified residence interest on schedule A. This benefit is generally claimed by low or middle income filers. To claim this benefit, use Schedule A.

The third benefit signed retroactively into law is the deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses. There is a calculation to determine how much money can be claimed. To determine your eligibility, fill out Form 8917.

If you have already filed your return, and did not claim one of these benefits, and are eligible to claim one or more benefits, you can file an amended return on Form 1040X. Currently amended returns are taking about sixteen weeks to process.

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