It's not all that difficult....Here's the info from the IRS you can review...http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=187935,00.html
and here is the Tax Form you will need to fill out..
Here is how and where you can get Free Assistance from the IRS with any questions or problems you may have..http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts/index.html
Good luck, Dunes
As many other agents have said, by October 15th you need to have a home under contract to allow time for it to close prior to the Nov. 30th deadline, then you just apply for the credit on your taxes. I am very familiar with homes in the St. Charles County area and specialize in first time home buyers. I would love to help you find your first home or connect you with a lender who also specializes in the first time home buyer programs. Give me a call or click on the link to email me at my web site and let me know what you are looking for.
I have a local lender that will advance you most of the money, however, October 15th is the cut-off date for getting your paperwork in. Call me at 314-504-0970 & I'll put you in touch with him.
Keller Williams Realty West
To qualify for the $8000 credit you must purchase your home on or before November 30th
As Susan and Patrick explained the credit is applied for on your tax return.