Certain lenders who acquire interest in property that was security for a loan?

Certain lenders who acquire an interest in property that was security for a loan
or who have reason to know that such property has been abandoned must
provide you with this statement. You may have reportable income or loss
because of such acquisition or abandonment. Gain or loss from an acquisition
generally is measured by the difference between your adjusted basis in the
property and the amount of your debt canceled in exchange for the property, or,
if greater, the sale proceeds. If you abandoned the property, you may have
income from the discharge of indebtedness in the amount of the unpaid balance
of your canceled debt. The tax consequences of abandoning property depend
on whether or not you were personally liable for the debt. Losses on acquisitions
or abandonments of property held for personal use are not deductible. See Pub.
4681 for information about your tax consequences.
Property means any real property (such as a personal residence); any
intangible property; and tangible personal property that is held for investment or
used in a trade or business.
If you borrowed money on this property with someone else, each of you
should receive this statement.

Borrower’s taxpayer identification number. For your protection, this form may
show only the last four digits of your social security number (SSN), individual
taxpayer identification number (ITIN), adoption taxpayer identification number
(ATIN), or employer identification number (EIN). However, the issuer has
reported your complete identification number to the IRS.
Account number. May show an account or other unique number the lender
assigned to distinguish your account.

For a lender’s acquisition of property that was security for a loan, the
date shown is generally the earlier of the date title was transferred to the lender
or the date possession and the burdens and benefits of ownership were
transferred to the lender. This may be the date of a foreclosure or execution sale
or the date your right of redemption or objection expired. For an abandonment,
the date shown is the date on which the lender first knew or had reason to know
that the property was abandoned or the date of a foreclosure, execution, or
similar sale.

Shows the debt (principal only) owed to the lender on the loan when the
interest in the property was acquired by the lender or on the date the lender first
knew or had reason to know that the property was abandoned.
Box 4. Shows the fair market value of the property. If the amount in box 4 is less
than the amount in box 2, and your debt is canceled, you may have cancellation
of debt income. If the property was your main home, see Pub. 523 to figure any
taxable gain or ordinary income.

Shows whether you were personally liable for repayment of the debt
when the debt was created or, if modified, when it was last modified.

Shows the description of the property acquired by the lender or
abandoned by you. If “CCC” is shown, the form indicates the amount of any
Commodity Credit Corporation loan outstanding when you forfeited your
commodity.
Future developments. For the latest information about developments related to
Form 1099-A and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were
published,  go to http://www.irs.gov/form1099a.

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