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By Pamela Stetson | Agent in Mahwah, NJ



Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension!

The home Buyer's credit originated in February as part of an economic stimulus bill and was due to expire on Dec.1. It has now been extended to home purchases that are entered into agreement before May 1, 2010, and closed before July 1, 2010.

The original credit amount for a "first-time home buyer" remains at 10 percent of the purchase price, up to a maximum of $8,000. A first-time home buyer is defined as someone (or a spouse) who has not owned a home in the last three years. The credit was phased out for singles with Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $75,000 and married couples with AGI of $150,000, but the new law increases the phaseouts to $125,000 and $225,000, respectively.

In addition to the extensions of the credit for first-time home buyers, the new law allows for a tax credit for home buyers that already own homes. A new credit of 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $6,500, is available to buyers who have lived in their present homes for 5 consecutive years of the past 8 years. This credit is meant to spur on "move up" buyers. The same income phaseout limits apply.

How is the credit claimed? Will it be extended again?

Here is one important and potentially critical oddity about this credit: you may claim it on your 2009 tax return, even if you buy your house in 2010!! So, even though the home purchase may occur in 2010, you have the right to claim it for 2009, if you extend your return or amend your already-filed 2009 return. In this way you will receive your cash must sooner than waiting until you file your tax return for 2010. However, keep in mind the AGI limits: these limits apply to the year in which you claim the credit.

What are the income limitations?

The credit, whether used by a first-time home buyer or a long-time resident home buyer, applies only to primary residences, and the purchase price must not exceed $800,000. 

For more information about buying or selling your largest asset contact me at 201.675.1618 or via email CupaT@aol.com. Afterall, location is the key to your real estate purchase.

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