Saturday, November 7, 2009

Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension & Expansion

If you haven't heard the news already, the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit has been extended, as well as the new bill includes a tax incentive for existing homeowners as well. Homeowners who have owned their current homes at least five years, are now eligible for tax credits of up to $6,500 when they purchase a new home. To qualify, buyers in both groups have to sign a purchase agreement by April 30, 2010 and close by June 30.

The credit is available for the purchase of principal homes costing $800,000 or less, excluding vacation homes. Single individuals with annual incomes above $125,000 and for joint filers with incomes above $225,000 would not be eligible.

Other provisions in the bill, include taxpayers will be eligible to claim the credit on purchases made in 2010 on their 2009 income tax returns. The bill also established that home buyers do not have to repay the credit provided the home remains their primary residence for 36 months after purchase, and waives this requirement for active duty military personnel who move due to a military order.

While some may feel the tax credit may be adding to the National debt, according to the National Association of Realtors, economists estimate that the current tax credit has already contributed approximately $22 billion to the general economy, and approximately 2 million people will take advantage of the tax credit this year.

Some think that they didn't need to give such large tax credits. Or was it large enough? What do you think?

If you would like more information, please contact me.

Virginia Hall
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