Saturday, November 7, 2009

New Homeowner’s Tax Credit – Part Trois

Well, well, well. The federal government has extended the new homeowner's tax credit to cover purchases that close on or before June 30, 2010. They have also added another important date--you must sign the contract to purchase the home by April 30, 2010. I guess a little more of the stimulus money will be going to everyday people.

The Feds have also changed the rules a bit. You still must have not owned a home for at least three years to qualify for the full $8,000 new homeowner's tax credit. However, the amount of income you can have to qualify for the full credit was raised to $125,000 if you are single, and $225,000 if you are married and file a joint return.

They also added a new wrinkle. If you have owned a home for five of the previous eight years you can qualify for a credit of up to $6,500. This expands the pool of potential house buyers substantially.

Now for the bad news. The new homeowner's tax credit is not retroactive. The new rules are effective for sales that happened on or after November 6, 2009. All those folks who have owned a home for more than five years and closed on their new home on November 5, 2009 are out $6,500. The same goes for buyers who exceeded the income limits and thus did not qualify for the new homeowner's tax credit earlier in 2009.

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