$6,500 Homebuyer Tax Credit Officially Extended to 2010

Homebuyer tax credit 2010 now a reality

Image from Flickr.

Image from Flickr.

Congress today passed a bill that extends the homebuyer tax credit, which was set to expire at the end of this month. Homebuyers who initiate their purchase between now and April 2010 will be able to take advantage of a $6,500 deduction in their federal taxes for that year.

Of course, this tax credit isn’t available to all homebuyers. And, of course, there have been some changes to the tax credit that exists through this month. The most noticeable change is the amount, reduced to $6,500 from $8,000. But, hey, if you really need the extra $1,500, you can always apply for a pay day loan. First-time homebuyers are still eligible for a tax credit up to $8,000.

More changes to homebuyer tax credit 2010

You may have noticed that I wrote “homebuyers who initiate their purchase” earlier. Anyone who has purchased a home knows that it doesn’t happen overnight, so the bill stipulates that the buyer must sign a sales contract by April 30 and close the sale by June 30 to get the credit.

This year, only people who had not owned a home for three years were eligible to receive the credit.  Now, people who have owned their current home for at least five years can be eligible for the tax credit if they buy a new home. Also, the maximum income you can earn and still be eligible has been reduced to $125,000 for individuals and $225,000 for couples.

Exemptions from homebuyer tax credit

So, to review, people who have owned a home less than five years, people who make too much money and anyone who doesn’t sign a sales contract within the allotted time frame are not eligible for the credit.

Furthermore, the credit only applies to purchases of a primary residence. The cap on the home’s price is $800,000.

On a side note, the same bill that extends the homebuyer tax credit to 2010 also extends unemployment benefits so that people can collect them for an additional 13 weeks.

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