Monday, November 9, 2009

More Buyers Qualify for the Home Buyer's Tax Credit

On Friday President Obama signed the extension to the First Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit. The program was set to expire this December 1st, but was given a six-month reprieve and will now end June 30, 2010.

To receive the $8,000 contract buyers must sign a contract by April 30, 2010 and close on the home by June 30, 2010. All of the requirements from the bill's first round still apply, however, now even more homeowners will be eligible. The bill now includes buyers who want to trade up.

The tax-credit for current home owners who sell their home to buy a new one is up to $6,500. This portion of the tax-credit has been deceptively referred to as the "trade up" credit, but actually you don't have to purchase a bigger or more expensive home to qualify.

Who qualifies?
You must have owned and resided in a home for at least five consecutive years of the eight years prior to the purchase date. The bill states that the law tests home ownership for both home buyer and his/her spouse.

How much is the credit?
The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $6,500.

Is any home eligible?
Purchases of homes priced above $800,000 are not eligible for the tax credit.

As for first-time buyers there are income limit restrictions:
The income limit for single taxpayers is $125,000; the limit is $225,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. The tax credit amount is reduced for buyers with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) above those limits. The phaseout range for the tax credit program is equal to $20,000. That is, the tax credit amount is reduced to zero for taxpayers with MAGI of more than $145,000 (single) or $245,000 (married) and is reduced proportionally for taxpayers with MAGIs between these amounts.

New Construction counts too. If you are having a home built both the first-time or the repeat, can apply for the tax-credit as long as the closing date is by the June 30, 2010 deadline.

For more details regarding the Home Buyers' Tax Credit for both first-time buyers and repeat buyers go to Home Buyer's Tax Credits.

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