I disappeared for a while, and it shows. It’s October already! Work took off and I lost sight of my blog. I’m 12 days late on this post but I thought I would share some of the issues we are seeing with the shutdown:
The IRS is working with only 9% staff. This effects the ability for us to pull tax transcripts.
Since 2009, Fannie Mae ‘highly recommended’ that lenders pull transcripts from the IRS prior to closing a loan.
What’s a transcript?
After you file your taxes the IRS turns your income information into an electronic record which can be requested with the borrower-signed form, 4506-T.
Why do we pull a transcript?
When you complete a loan application, you typically give your loan originator a copy of your tax return by which she calculates your income for qualifying. It would be possible to give them a fake, unfilled tax return with ’embellished’ income. To prevent such fraud, we pull the IRS record and compare it with the return you provided.
It’s not required to do this, yet we know Fannie Mae will do it if they audit that loan. To avoid any issues, most lenders have adopted the policy of ordering and reviewing tax transcripts.
Several days into the shutdown our institution made a business decision to close loans without these transcripts as did a number of other investors. There are some; however, that refuse to purchase a loan without transcripts and that’s their choice.
USDA is closed.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture insures loans through their Rural Development program. These loans are currently suspended.
USDA issues a ‘conditional commitment’ once they receive certain pieces of information. With no one to issue a conditional commitment, loans are unable to close.
Verification of Employment
We’ve seen several instances were we have been unable to obtain a verification of employment for government workers. In come cases we can get around it. There have been instances were getting this information was painfully slow and the closing was delayed.
Business as usual:
For the most part, we have been conducting business as usual with very few delays. For those of you affected, as frustrating as it is, don’t blame your lender or financial institution. We are as annoyed as you are with the situation. We are doing our best to work around the issues.