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New 2009 Home Buyer Tax Credit Info-Tampa, Fl

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

ENHANCED HOME BUYER CREDITBeaches of West Coast Florida

Who Qualifies?: Anyone who has not owned a home for the preceding three years. That means you may still qualify for the incentive even if you and your spouse owned a home more than three years ago.

How Much?: The incentive calls for a credit of ten percent of the purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000 for a single resident or a married couple filing jointly.

Are There Limits?: The credit is phased-out based on your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

How Does It Work?: The tax credit reduces a your tax bill or increases your refund, dollar for dollar. It is fully refundable, meaning that the credit will be paid out to you, even if you owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax that you owe. Even better, there is no repayment requirements associated with this incentive if you keep your home for at least three years.

What are the valid dates to purchase a home?:  The incentive is for homes that close between January 1, 2009 and November 30, 2009.

Principal Residences: The tax credit is available for purchases of principal residences. Purchases of vacation homes and rental property are not eligible.

To request more information on how to purchase a home using the new home buyer tax credit send an email to: [email protected]

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  *This information is provided for general awareness only, and is not intended for the purpose of providing legal, accounting, tax advice or consulting of any kind. Please consult with your tax professional for complete details.

Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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1 Comment

  1. realtyrae

    James, you would need to speak with an accountant regarding your question.

    However, If you purchased a new home this year that is where the Home Buyer Tax Credit comes into play.

    If you plan on buying let me know. I’m happy to help!
    Rae Catanese, PA
    Prudential Tropical Realty

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