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Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended - First Time Buyers and Repeat Buyers

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Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved an extension of jobless benefits and a tax credit for home buyers, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for signature. The bill, approved unanimously by the Senate late Wednesday, keeps a first-time home buyer tax credit alive until next spring, and expands it to include some people who already own a house.

How the homebuyer tax credit would work: 


Tax credit: Ten percent of the purchase price of a primary residence, up to a maximum of $8,000 for first-time homebuyers and $6,500 for repeat buyers. First-time homebuyers are defined as people who have not owned a home in the previous three years. Repeat buyers must have owned their current home at least five years. The credit cannot be used for houses costing more than $800,000.

Deadline for qualifying: Purchase agreements must be signed by April 30, 2010, and closings must be final by June 30.

Military deadline: The deadline is extended by a year for members of the military who have served outside the U.S. for at least 90 days from Jan. 1, 2009, to May 1, 2010.

Income limits: Individuals with annual incomes up to $125,000 and joint filers with incomes up to $225,000 qualify for the full credit. Individuals with incomes up to $145,000 and joint filers with incomes up to $245,000 qualify for reduced credits.

How to apply: Taxpayers can claim the credit on their federal income tax returns. If the credit exceeds their tax bill, the government will issue a payment. Taxpayers who want immediate refunds can amend their tax returns for 2008 to claim the credit.

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Comment balloon 1 commentJoseph Metzler • November 05 2009 03:38PM


What about those who received the 2008 $7,500 tax credit?  I dont feel it is fair at all to have to pay this back. Is there going to be a change made to make this a true tax credit and not have to pay it back?

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