Federal Legislative Update - New Tax Credit Program Extends 2009 Federal First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit and Creates a Reduced Tax Credit for Existing Homebuyers Purchasing New Homes

Reblogger Ryan Shaughnessy
Real Estate Agent with PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com

Loreena Yeo offers a nice overview regarding the extension of the 2009 Federal First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit as well as the new 2009-2010 Federal Tax Credit for First-Time Homebuyers and Existing Homebuyers.  The recent legislation includes provisions establishing a new tax credit for existing homeowners.  The table created by Ms. Yeo provides an easy to understand overview of the changes between the two tax credit programs.

If you are a purchaser in the St. Louis, Missouri market and need additional information on the provisions of the new federal tax credit, contact Ryan Shaughnessy at PREA Signature Realty at 314-971-4381 or send an e-mail to Ryan@PREASignatureRealty.com.


Original content by Loreena and Michael Yeo #9001154


FEATURE Jan 1 – November 30, 2009
Rules as enacted February 2009
December 1 – April 30, 2010
Rules as enacted November 2009
First-time Buyer – Amount of Credit $8000 ($4000 married filing separate) $8000 ($4000 married filing separate)
First-time Buyer – Definition for Eligibility May not have had an interest in a principal residence for 3 years prior to purchase  -Same-
Current Homeowner – Amount of Credit No Provision $6500 ($3250 married filing separate)
Effective Date – Current Owner No Provision Date of Enactment
Current Homeowner – Definition for Eligibility No Provision Must have used the home sold or being sold as a principal residence consecutively for 5 of the previous 8 years
Current Homeowner – Home Purchase Price N/A There is no provision that the "repeat" homebuyer must purchase a property more expensive than the one sold. Only that the home purchase must be less than $800K.
Termination of Credit Purchases after November 30, 2009.(Becomes April 30, 2010 on Date of Enactment.) Purchases after April 30, 2010
Binding Contract Rule  None Written binding contract to purchase is in effect on April 30, 2010, the purchaser will have until July 1, 2010 to close
Income Limits $75,000 – single, $150,000 – married, Additional $20,000 phase out $125,000 – single, $225,000 – married,
Additional $20,000 phase out
Limitation on Cost of Purchased Home None $800,000
Purchase by a Dependent No Provision Ineligible
Antifraud Rule None Purchaser must attach documentation of purchase to tax return


Purchase by a Dependent

There was no age limitation on the original bill and amended for the November Tax Credit. Taxpayer must be at least 18 years old to qualify for the credit. For married taxpayers, the taxpayer shall be treated as meeting the age requirement if the taxpayer or spouse meets the age requirement.

Repeat Buyers

There is no criteria that home buyers must "move up" in house. Only that they lived in the house for the past 5 out of 8 years as a primary residence. The new purchase price must not exceed $800,000.

Date of Enactment = November 6 2009.





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Loreena Yeo
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(214) 783-2210

Super-serving Frisco, Plano, Dallas, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm, Prosper, Celina, Richardson, Dallas M-Streets, Dallas White Rock Lake area communities and other surrounding areas.

Copyright © 2009 by Loreena Yeo (3:16 team REALTY)
Originally Posted on First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension & Expansion


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