Fred F Filsoof

Fred F Filsoof President of Coordinated Properties talks about extension of the $8000 new home buyer tax credit until

Press Release   •   Feb 08, 2010 08:55 EST

First-time home buyers who bought after January 1, 2009 and before April 1 2010, would get the $8,000 home buyer tax credit.  If you and your spouse claim the credit on a joint return (both of you must meet the income and past ownership criteria to qualify), each spouse is treated as having been allowed half of the credit for purposes of repaying the credit.So the total amount claimable is still only $8000 (up to April 30th 2010).

The home buyers’ credit would be available to individuals with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of up to $125,000, or $250,000 for couples, up from $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples under the original rules. The higher income limits are only for homes purchased after Nov. 6, 2009. That is, the existing MAGI phase-outs of $75,000 to $95,000 or $150,000 to $170,000 for joint filers still apply to purchases on or before Nov. 6, 2009. Those with incomes higher than the above limits do not qualify for any part of the tax credit.

Homes that cost more than $800,000 aren’t eligible for the credit and you must be over 18 years old to claim the credit (dependents are not eligible to claim the credit either). Those who sell their new home or stop using it as their main residence within three years would have to repay the credit. You cannot claim the credit if acquired your home by gift or inheritance OR if you acquired your home from a related person.  If two or more unmarried individuals buy a main home, they can allocate the credit among the individual owners using any reasonable method. The total amount allocated cannot exceed the smaller of $8,000 or 10% of the purchase price.

You are considered a first time home buyer when buying an American residence, even if you owned principal residence outside of the United States within the previous three years. Non-resident alien's cannot claim the credit. Members of the Armed Forces and certain federal employees serving outside the U.S. have an extra year to buy a principal residence in the U.S. and still qualify for the credit. An eligible taxpayer must buy or enter into a binding contract to buy a home by April 30, 2011, and settle on the purchase by June 30, 2011.

About Coordinated Properties
Coordinated Properties,Inc. is a full service real estate company based in Atlanta, GA. The company has grown outside of Altanta  and has multiple properties in Georgia, New York City, Biloxi,MS, and Stewart, FL. The company's office is located at 1100 Garmon Dr. NW Atlanta, GA 30327