The First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit : Use It By December 1, 2009 Or Lose It

The government’s First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit expires December 1, 2009. 

If you expect to use the program in conjunction with a home purchase, therefore, you may want to consider yourself officially “on the clock”. 

Assuming a 60-day window between contract and closing, there are now 77 days left to find a home and go under contract for it.

The First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit refunds up to $8,000 at Tax Time for qualified home buyers.  A few of the program’s qualification criteria include:

  • Home buyer must not have owned a primary residence in the past 36 months
  • The home may not be purchased from a family member
  • The household adjusted gross income must be below $95,000 for single tax filers and $170,000 for joint tax filers

The tax credit itself is limited to $8,000 or 10% of the purchase price, whichever is less. 

Remember, though: The refund is a true tax credit — not a deduction.  This means that a taxpayer owing $8,000 to the IRS and claiming the $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit would owe the IRS nothing on April 15, 2010.

The complete list of qualifying criteria is posted on the IRS website.

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