Part of the $8,000 tax credit that's often overlooked

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There has been one glaring part of the $8,000.00 first time homebuyer tax credit that is often overlooked.

YOU MAY NOT BE GETTING THE FULL $8,000!!

The tax credit is for 10% of the purchase price or up to $8,000.00 whichever is LESSER. From the IRS Website on the tax credit.

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206291,00.html
Q. How much is the credit?

A. The credit is 10 percent of the purchase price of the home, with a maximum available credit of $7,500 ($8,000 if you purchased your home in 2009) for either a single taxpayer or a married couple filing a joint return, but only half of that amount for married persons filing separate returns. The full credit is available for homes costing $75,000 or more ($80,000 if purchased after Dec. 31, 2008, and before Dec. 1, 2009).

There's also a great section on who is NOT eligible:


Q. Who cannot take the credit?

A. If any of the following describe you, you cannot take the credit, even if you buy a new home:

Your income exceeds the phase-out range. This means joint filers with MAGI of $170,000 and above and other taxpayers with MAGI of $95,000 and above.


You buy your home from a close relative. This includes your spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild.


You do not use the home as your principal residence.


You sell your home before the end of the year.


You are a nonresident alien.


You are, or were, eligible to claim the District of Columbia first-time homebuyer credit for any taxable year. (This does not apply for a home purchased in 2009.)


Your home financing comes from tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds. (This does not apply for a home purchased in 2009.)


You owned a principal residence at any time during the three years prior to the date of purchase of your new home. For example, if you bought a home on July 1, 2008, you cannot take the credit for that home if you owned, or had an ownership interest in, another principal residence at any time from July 2, 2005, through July 1, 2008.

Just some interesting questions and answers that fully describe the program. Here in Medford, Massachusetts there are few properties in the $700,000+ range to max out the credit but with Somerville, Cambridge, Winchester, Arlington and Boston close by there are plenty of options for the well financed first time buyer.

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