On a day when Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and six major banks announced a 30-day moratorium on foreclosures on some types of property, the Internal Revenue Service said homeowners whose mortgage debts were partially or entirely forgiven could claim relief on a newly revised IRS form.

Debt forgiveness normally results in taxable income, but under the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, enacted Dec. 20, taxpayers may exclude debt forgiven on their principal residence if the balance of their loan was less than $2 million. The limit is $1 million for a married person filing a separate return.

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