December 18,2007

Baucus Applauds House Passage of Amended Bill Providing Mortgage Tax Relief for Families in Crisis

Baucus amendment to H.R. 3648 now set to become law by year’s end

Washington, DC – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
applauded House passage today of Senate-amended legislation offering tax relief to
American families caught in the sub-prime mortgage crisis. The Senate approved a
Baucus amendment to H.R. 3648 last week. When debt is forgiven on a home loan, the
homeowner must normally count that debt forgiveness as income and pay taxes on it.
The mortgage tax relieve bill creates a three-year exception for debt forgiveness on home
loans – helping families already unable to meet their mortgages to avoid incurring large
tax bills as well. It also extends a provision allowing homeowners to deduct mortgage
insurance payments from their taxable income. The bill will now go to the White House
for signature into law.

“Far too many folks have seen the American dream of homeownership slip through
their hands this year. What better news could Congress bring to struggling
homeowners in the holiday season than the news that help is on the way?”
Baucus said. “It’s right that Congress came together to help homeowners in trouble with smart and targeted tax relief, and I look forward to seeing the President sign this bill into law.”

In addition to tax relief for debt forgiveness and mortgage insurance payments, the bill

    • Tax relief for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians
    • Help to expand housing options for college students with children
    • Protection of tax relief for homeowners after the death of a spouse
    • Flexibility to help co-op tenant/owners deduct real estate taxes and mortgage insurance

The bill is fully offset by increased penalties for failure to file S corporation returns or
partnership returns, and new requirements for the payment of corporate estimated taxes.

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