There many reasons to buy a home now like I pointed out in a post last week. This tax credit is just one of them.
In November, Congress extended and expanded the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program to include a subset of “move-up” buyers — homeowners that have owned and lived in their home for 5 of the last 8 years.
The credit ranges up to $8,000 per buyer. There’s now just 7 weeks left to take advantage.
To be eligible, home buyers must be under contract for a new home no later than April 30, 2010, and must be closed no later than June 30, 2010.
In addition to meeting the deadline dates, there’s a basic set of requirements to be tax credit-eligible:
There’s other criteria, too.
For one, the sales price on the subject property cannot exceed $800,000. Homes sold for more than $800,000 are ineligible for the tax credit. Furthermore, households earning more than $125,000 as single-filers, or $225,500 for joint-filers, are ineligible.
You can read the complete eligibility requirements at the IRS website, or, you may just find it simpler to speak with your accountant about it. There are some nuances in qualifying for and claiming the tax credit on your returns and getting a professional’s opinion is always wise.
And lastly, don’t forget that government’s tax credit program is a true tax credit. It’s not a tax deduction. This means that a tax filer whose “normal” tax liability is $3,500 and who is eligible for $8,000 in credit will receive a $4,500 refund from the U.S. Treasury.
If you’re currently in the House Hunt, mark your calendar for April 30, 2010. It’s 7 weeks away and you can be sure that as the date gets closer, buyer traffic is going to increase. You may find sellers more willing to negotiate today than several weeks from now.
There has never been a better time to buy a home in the Knoxville Area than right now. The rates are low, prices are low and their are plenty of homes to choose from on the market. Another reason is the tax credit available not just to first time home buyers but move up buyers that I talked about in an earlier post. Considering all of the above NOW is the time to get out there and start shopping around for a new home.
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