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Why Is Your Mortgage Approval Contingent On Form 4506-T

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are in need of a mortgage, there is one document that could stop you in your tracks. It is IRS Form 4506-T.

What exactly is Form 4506-T?

Form 4506-T, aka. Request for Transcript of Tax Return, allows lending institutions to validate your income by confirming with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you are a lawful tax payer.

For decades, prospective home buyers in Portage Indiana only had to provide their pay stubs, W-2’s and tax returns as proof of their income. Today the aforementioned documentation is just the minimum.

Uncle Sam due to his large role in residential financing (i.e. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA) now wants to make sure that you have paid and will continue to pay your taxes.

So what’s the problem you ask?

The problem arises from the very safeguard that Congress mandated. Banks are required and forced to use Form 4506-T in order to validate every one’s income.

The form itself has not changed much over the years. How it is completed to the satisfactory nature of the IRS has though. They even go so far as to put the following disclaimer at the top of the form:

“Request may be rejected if the form is incomplete or illegible.”

Requests for transcripts are rejected by the IRS on a daily basis. The most common errors are illegible handwriting and non-compliant signature dates. A simple typographical error could cause a rejection and the IRS is not required to tell you the source of the rejection.

Most consumers and real estate professionals are not aware of the significance of Form 4506-T as it was used sparingly for loan audits in years past. Now that every loan requires it to be executed, the IRS themselves have become a bottle neck.

Even if you have electronically filed and made an electronic payment of outstanding taxes, the IRS may not be able to validate your tax returns.

How could that be?

Unfortunately, the processing side doesn’t know what the validation side is doing. The two systems are not fully integrated. This is how your mortgage approval and home loan transaction could be delayed.

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James K Barath, CMPS®

James K Barath is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist®, Certified FICO® Professional, Certified Military Housing Specialist® and your FHA Home Loan Expert. He is also a graduate of Purdue University, The CMPS Institute, Dale Carnegie Human Relations Course & Napoleon Hill Foundation's PMA Science of Success Class. It's your home and your future. It's his profession and his passion. He is ready to work for your best interest. Contact James for your FREE Home Loan Approval !  His Motto: I Facilitate the American Dream Through Responsible Mortgage Lending and Financial Literacy!

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