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By Adriana Ferreira | Agent in Hermosa Beach, CA

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.

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