Just read that the FEDERAL tax laws have changed regarding the discharge (forgiveness) of student loans due to Total and Permanent Disability. Used to be that the discharged loan amount was considered as income and if people had any income (like if their spouse worked) they could be taxed on the total amount that was discharged.
As a result of a change in tax law, loan balances that are discharged due to TPD are not considered income for federal tax purposes if you receive the discharge during the period from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2025. If you qualify for a TPD discharge based on documentation from the VA, the date you are considered to have received the discharge for tax purposes is the date that we approve the discharge. If you qualify for a TPD discharge based on documentation from the Social Security Administration or a physician’s certification, the date you are considered to have received the discharge for tax purposes is the completion date of your three-year post-discharge monitoring period.
If you receive a Form 1099-C, you should keep the form for your records, but you do not need to include it when filing your federal tax return. For additional information, visit irs.gov.
The discharged loan amount may be considered income for state tax purposes. You may want to consult with your state tax office or a tax professional before you file your state tax return.