If Your Creditor Writes Off a Bad Debt it Could Be a Taxable Transaction.
If a creditor writes off a bad debt and ceases collection and
the amount of the debt is for more than $600.00, there is an IRS requirement
that requires the creditor to report to the IRS the amount of the write-off on
Form 1099-C which is the form that is used to report income. This means that you
will have to report the debt that is written ff as income to you when you file
the next year's tax return. Thus, if you didn't pay your credit card bill
you and it is written off by the credit card company, you could find that you
own income when you file your return.
There are several
exceptions to this rule:
If you discharge the debt in bankruptcy it is not
If you are insolvent before the creditor write off the
If the debt that is written off is considered a gift.