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FAQs: First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit

What is the tax credit?

Its a credit for 10% of the cost of your new home up to a limit of $8,000.

Who qualifies?

Only first-time homebuyers. Youre considered a first-time homebuyer if you have not owned a home in the past three years.Are there income restrictions?

Yes. Individuals are eligible for the credit if their income is no more than $75,000. For married couples, the limit is $150,000. What if I make more?

You could still get a portion. Individuals who earn up to $95,000, and couples that earn up to $170,000 can still get a tax credit, based on a sliding scale.

Are there financing restrictions?

Most financing arrangements are acceptable.

Do I have to repay the credit?

No. Unlike the 2008 credit, there is no repayment requirement, unless you sell your home within three years of purchase.

How do I apply?

There is no pre-purchase authorization. You simply claim the credit on your 2008 or 2009 tax return, on the new IRS form 5405.2008 or 2009? How does that work?

If you buy a house before April 15, 2009, you can claim the tax credit on your 2008 taxes. If you buy after that, claim it on your 2009 taxes.

Is there a deadline?

Yes. You have to buy and closeon your home before December 1, 2009 to be eligible

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