Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Other Income Workout

Cancellation of Debt—Nonbusiness Credit Card Debt

Case Study 2: Insolvency (Beyond the scope of VITA/TCE)

Michelle went to her local VITA/TCE site to have her federal tax return prepared. During the screening process, the VITA/TCE volunteer notices Michelle received a Form 1099-C from a credit card company indicating $3,000 of canceled debt in box 2.

The volunteer asked Michelle what this was for, and Michelle stated she worked out a deal with one of her credit card companies where, if she paid $1,000 of the $4,000 balance due by a certain date, the balance would be canceled. The volunteer then asked Michelle if she thought her total debts were more than the value of all her assets at the time the debt from the credit card company was forgiven. Michelle's response was that she was not sure, but possibly.

The volunteer filled out the Insolvency Determination Worksheet to determine if Michelle was insolvent. Is Michelle insolvent?

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Click here to review Michelle's Form 1099-C.

Click here to review the Insolvency Determination Worksheet for Michelle's assets and liabilities.

Click here to view Publication 4731, the Screening Sheet for Nonbusiness Credit Card Debt Cancellation..

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