Cancellation of Debt—Nonbusiness Credit Card Debt Cancellation
Generally, if a taxpayer receives Form 1099-C for canceled credit card debt and was solvent immediately before the debt was canceled, all the canceled debt will be included on Form 1040, line 21, Other Income. No additional supporting forms or schedules are needed to report canceled credit card debt.
John made a deal with his credit card company to pay $2,000 on his $7,000 balance, and the company agreed to take it as payment in full. In January 2012, John received a Form 1099-C from his credit card company reporting $5,000 in box 2 (the amount of debt canceled). John was solvent (assets greater than liabilities) immediately before the debt was canceled. John would include the entire $5,000 in income on Form 1040, line 21.