Good News For Knoxville Home Buyers Congress Expands And Extends The First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit
Congress both extended and expanded the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program Thursday.
The program’s basic eligibility requirements remain the same:
- Buyers can’t purchase the home from a parent, spouse, or child
- Buyers can’t purchase the home from an entity in which they’re a majority owner
- Buyers can’t acquire the home by gift or inheritance
- All parties to the purchase must meet eligibility requirements
The new law includes some notable updates, however.
For one, the definition of “first-time home buyer” has been expanded to include most homeowners with at least 5 years in their current home. “Move-up” buyers like these are now eligible for IRS tax credits, but with a cap at $6,500.
This means that you don’t have to be a true first-time home buyer to claim the “first-time home buyer tax credit”.
Other eligibility changes include:
- The subject property’s sales price may not exceed $800,000
- The subject property must be a primary residence
- Income thresholds raised to $125,000 for single-filers and $225,500 for joint-filer
And remember, the First-Time Home Buyer program grants a tax credit as opposed to a deduction. This means that a tax filer would receive a cash payment of $2,000 from the U.S. Treasury if his “normal” tax liability totals $6,000 and he was eligible for all $8,000 available under the new law.
The complete list of qualifying criteria is posted on the IRS website. Be sure to review it with a tax professional to determine your eligibility. Then mark your calendar for April 30, 2009.
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