We were in an interest only ARM that was about to triple. We saw it coming and tried for 4 years to get into a fixed rate. We didn't even want them to lower the principal or anything, just get us into a fixed rate with a normal interest rate since ours was also very high. Since we didn't qualify for a refinance, loan modification or any other program that was out there, we tried to short sale. We got two offers which the bank turned down. They put our house on the market right after they foreclosed and it's been sitting there ever since. We couldn't sell it the normal way or with a short sale so I imagine it'll just sit for awhile. Anyway, we looked into what would happen to us and we live in a non-recourse state. We looked into what would happen if they sent us a 1099 or whatever it's called for taxes and we don't have to do anything. That's just our situation and our state. We took a class at our church to see what we needed to do. Anyway, you can check your state laws to see if you live in a non-recourse state or not. Also, mortgage companies will send tax info whether or not you need to pay taxes on it. So don't assume you do if you get something. Look into it ahead of time. Ask your tax person, they should know. that's what we did. Good luck!!