Federal Tax Credits Renewed!

November 9th, 2009

The tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence has been extended through April 30, 2010. There is also a new tax credit of up to $6,500 for qualified repeat home buyers.

First-time home buyers purchasing a new construction or resale home are eligible for the 1st time home buyers tax credit. To qualify for this tax credit the settlement must occur on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010. The date when closing occurs is the important date, not the “contract” date.

A “first-time home buyer” is defined as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the 3 year period prior to the purchase. For married taxpayers, the law tests the home ownership history of both the home buyer and his/her spouse. Read the rest of this entry »

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