Monday, August 11, 2008

Tax Credit for Home Buyers

President Bush has signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, a bill that will assist an estimated 400,000 homeowners facing foreclosure by allowing them to refinance their current mortgages with a Federal Housing Administration-backed loan. The bill also permanently increases the conforming loan limit to as high as $625,500.

Another par of the bill includes a temporary tax credit for first-time home buyers of up to $7,500 for those who purchase between April 9, 2008, and July 1, 2009. This credit is available to anyone buying their first home or anyone who has not owned in three years. Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for the full credit. A home is eligible for the credit if it is any residence that will be used as a primary residence (single-family, townhouse, condo, etc.)

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