March 19, 2009 -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was just signed into law. One of the major provisions provides an $8,000 tax credit to qualified First Time Home Buyers (as well as those who have not owned a home in the last three years)
$8000 tax credit highlights:
The $8000 tax credit or 10% of the home’s purchase price, whichever is less, is available only for first time home buyers (Definition of a “first time home buyer” is a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase)
There is a $75,000 adjusted gross income limit for tax filers filing as single and $150,000 limit for joint return filers.
The $8000 tax credit is available only for primary residence purchases.
The tax credit does not require a repayment in most cases.
The tax credit does have a repayment provision if the homeowner does not occupy the property for a minimum of 3 years from the closing date.
The home buyer must purchase a home between January 1, 2009 and December 1, 2009.
The $8000 tax credit is received when you file your tax return.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I claim the tax credit? Do I need to complete a form or application?
Participating in the tax credit program is easy. You claim the tax credit on your federal . Specifically, home buyers should complete IRS Form 5405 to determine their tax credit amount, and then claim this amount on Line 69 of their
1040 income tax return. No other applications or forms are required, and no pre-approval is necessary. However, you will want to be sure that you qualify for the credit under the income limits and first-time home buyer tests.
I read that the tax credit is “refundable.” What does that mean?
The fact that the credit is refundable means that the home buyer credit can be claimed even if the taxpayer has little or no federal income tax liability to offset. Typically this involves the government sending the taxpayer a check for a portion or even all of the amount of the refundable tax credit.
For example, if a qualified home buyer expected, notwithstanding the tax credit, federal income tax liability of $5,000 and had tax withholding of $4,000 for the year, then without the tax credit the taxpayer would owe the IRS $1,000 on April 15th. Suppose now that the taxpayer qualified for the $8,000 home buyer tax credit. As a result, the taxpayer would receive a check for $7,000 ($8,000 minus the $1,000 owed).
I purchased a home in early 2009 and have already filed to receive the $7,500 tax credit on my 2008 tax returns. How can I claim the new $8,000 tax credit instead?
Home buyers in this situation may file an amended 2008 tax return with a 1040X form. You should consult with a tax ad visor to ensure you file this return properly.
For additional Frequently Asked Questions please visit the FAQ section of the Federal Housing Tax Website
November 5, 2009 -- Congress has extended and expanded the homebuyer tax credit. The modifications in the column labeled
"December 1 - April 30, 2010" become effective when President Obama signs the bill. All changes made
to the current credit become effective on that date, as well.
First Time Buyer - Amount of Credit - $8000 ($4000 married filing separate)
Current Homeowner - Amount of Credit - $6500 ($3250 married filing separate)
First Time Home Buyer Definition for Eligibility - May not have had an interest in a principal residence for 3 years prior to purchase
Current Homeowner - Definition for Eligibility - Must have used the home sold or being sold as a principal residence consecutively for 5 of the previous 8 years