Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
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Cancellation of Debt (COD)

Cancellation of Debt—Nonbusiness Credit Card Debt Cancellation

Cancellation of Debt—Nonbusiness Credit Card Debt Cancellation

Generally, if a taxpayer receives Form 1099-C for canceled credit card debt and was solvent (assets greater than liabilities) 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.

Example

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, John received a Form 1099-C from his credit card company reporting $5,000 (the amount of debt canceled). John was solvent immediately before the debt was canceled. John would include the entire $5,000 in income on Form 1040, line 21.

Top of Form 1099-C.