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Why mortgage lenders want tax returns

Shopping for a home mortgage loan? Prepare to hand over real proof of your taxable income.

By Marcie Geffner - Bankrate.com

During the housing boom, lenders rarely required borrowers to provide copies of federal tax returns.

But today, lenders often ask borrowers to turn over entire tax returns, according to Brad Blackwell, national sales manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

"Often, people will think they can bring in the first two pages of the tax return, and what they need to bring is the full tax return and all schedules because a person's full income picture is contained in the entire set of documents, not just the first two pages," he says.

Borrowers generally also will be required to sign a Form 4506-T, which allows the lender to retrieve a tax transcript from the Internal Revenue Service.

Read on:
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/why-mortgage-lenders-want-tax-returns-1.aspx

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