Frequently Asked Questions About the Home Buyer Tax Credit
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorizes a tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009.
The following questions and answers provide basic information about the tax credit. If you have more specific questions, we strongly encourage you to consult a qualified tax advisor or legal professional
about your unique situation.
1. Who is eligible to claim the tax credit?
First-time home buyers purchasing any kind of home—new or resale—are eligible for the tax credit. To
qualify for the tax credit, a home purchase must occur on or after January 1, 2009 and before December
1, 2009. For the purposes of the tax credit, the purchase date is the date when closing occurs and the
title to the property transfers to the home owner.
2. What is the definition of a first-time home buyer?
The law defines "first-time home buyer" as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the
three-year period prior to the purchase. For married taxpayers, the law tests the homeownership history
of both the home buyer and his/her spouse.
For example, if you have not owned a home in the past three years but your spouse has owned a
principal residence, neither you nor your spouse qualifies for the first-time home buyer tax credit.
However, unmarried joint purchasers may allocate the credit amount to any buyer who qualifies as a
first-time buyer, such as may occur if a parent jointly purchases a home with a son or daughter.
Ownership of a vacation home or rental property not used as a principal residence does not disqualify a
buyer as a first-time home buyer.
Who do you know that qualifies for the credit....
For more informaiton contact Rich Ferretti, your Matthews Real Estate and Mint Hill Homes specialist.