Home owners tax credit clarifications....
The IRS has clarified its position on two scenarios that have arisen with the extension of the first-time home buyer tax credit and creation of the new repeat home buyer tax credit.
With the addition of the second tax credit, there may now be a situation in which two unmarried buyers purchase a residence together where one qualifies for the $6,500 repeat buyer credit and the other qualifies for the $8,000 first-time home buyer credit.
According to the IRS, they must allocate the tax credit in a meaningful manner.
The repeat buyer cannot receive a tax credit higher than $6,500 and the total amount claimed by both buyers cannot exceed $8,000.
For example, the repeat home buyer could claim $6,500 and the first-time home buyer could claim $1,500. Alternatively, both buyers could claim a $4,000 tax credit.
Consequently a couple / partnership cannot receive more than $8,000 credit for the purchase of the same home.