Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Limited Time $18,000 in Combined Homebuyer Tax Credits

Wow! What an opportunity for first time California homebuyers and move-up buyers purchasing brand new homes. Between now and April 30, 2010, if a first time buyer enters into an accepted contract and closes before June 30, 2010, they may qualify for up to $18,000 total in Federal and California State tax credits during a brief window of opportunity.

Move-up buyers, who are not first-time buyers, purchasing a brand new home and have lived in their present home for at least five years, may also use the same time frames to receive up to $16,500 in combined tax credits as permitted under the federal law.

According to the California Association of Realtors, "Under a newly enacted California law, a home buyer may receive up to $10,000 in tax credits as a first-time buyer or buyer of a property that has never been occupied. The new California law applies to certain purchases that close escrow on or after May 1, 2010 (see Cal. Rev. & Tax Code section 17059.1(a)(4)). California law generally allows buyers of never-occupied properties to reserve their credits before closing escrow, but buyers seeking to combine the federal and state tax credits will not be able to satisfy the timing requirements for such reservations (see Cal. Rev. & Tax Code section 17059.1(c)(1)(A)). Other terms and restrictions apply to both tax credits."

California lawmakers allocated $100 million to first time buyers and another $100 million for buyers of brand new homes to be applied in equal amounts over a period of three taxable years. So the new tax credits will only be available until the funds run out and there are certain limitations. The funds are limited, so don't dally.

For more information and details, visit the official
California Franchise Tax Board website

--Virginia Hall
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Direct (619)258-8585

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