Wednesday, February 10, 2010
First-Time Homebuyer Credit
The First-Time Homebuyer Credit increased to $8,000 in 2009 and is generally available for purchases made between January 1, 2009, and May 1, 2010, provided the home is occupied as the buyer’s principal residence within 24 months of the purchase. (Note: A first-time homebuyer is defined as someone who has not owned a principal residence in the three years before the purchase.) For purchases made after November 6, 2009, no credit is allowed if the purchase price exceeds $800,000. The credit only needs to be repaid if the home is sold within 36 months of the purchase date. For purchases made on or before November 6, 2009, the credit phases out for taxpayers with modified AGIs in excess of $75,000 ($150,000 for joint returns). The credit is refundable and recaptured if the home is sold within 36 months of the purchase date. For purchases made after November 6, 2009, the phase out starts at modified AGI of $225,000 for married taxpayers and $125,000 for all other taxpayers. The credit is completely phased out at modified AGI of $245,000 for married taxpayers and $145,000 for all other taxpayers.