For Active Duty Military personnel living overseas during any part of the $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit or the $6,500 Move Up Tax Credit – you are still eligible to take advantage of the tax credits until April 30, 2011.
The $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit will be ending soon. You must be under contract by the end of April to qualify for the tax credit and must close on your home by the end of June. To qualify, the purchaser(s) may not have owned a primary residence in the last three years. It does not have to be a resale home, you may purchase from a builder. You should use a Realtor even when you purchase from a builder. It’s free for buyer’s to use Realtors and your Realtor will be representing you and looking out for your best interest. You can receive the maximum $8,000 tax credit if you are single with an income up to $125,000 or married with an income up to $225,000. The amount of the tax credit decreases as home buyers income approaches the maximum limit. Homebuyers earning more than the maximum qualifying income are not eligible for the credit.
There is an existing home buyer tax credit currently in place for $6,500. To use this tax credit you must sell your current primary residence that you have lived in for atleast five consecutive years and purchase another primary residence. If you don’t want to sell your current home, but have lived there for five years and now want to move to a new primary residence, you can still qualify for the tax credit. There are some income requirements, so check with your accountant to be sure you qualify.
Neither of these credits have to be repaid as long as you live in the new primary residence for at least three years.