How to Get the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit

home buyer tax credit

When you decide to purchase a home and take advantage of the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, you must follow the guidelines below:

1. Close on your home purchase between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010, or have a binding written contract by April 30, 2010 and close by July 1, 2010.

2. Decide whether to:
* apply the credit to your 2009 tax return, filed on or before April 15, 2010;
* file an amended 2009 return; or,
* apply the credit on your 2010 return, filed on or before April 15, 2011.

3. Attach documentation of purchase to your return.



Documentation of Purchase
Details concerning the precise documents required to confirm your purchase have not yet been released. When this information becomes available, we will include instructions and links to the appropriate forms.


When to Apply the Credit

Buyers purchasing homes on or before December 31, 2009 may claim the credit on their 2009 tax returns.

Buyers purchasing in 2010 will have the option to:

* Claim the credit on their 2009 return, even if the purchase is completed after December 31, 2009;
* File an amended return for 2009 if their purchase is completed after April 15, 2010; or,
* Claim the credit on their 2010 tax returns.

If you purchased a home between January 1, 2009 and November 6, 2009, please see: How to Get the 2009 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit.


Applying the Credit to Your 2009 Taxes

You will need to do three things to claim the credit on your 2009 tax return:

1. Fill out Form 5405 to determine the amount of your available credit;
2. Apply the credit when you file your 2009 tax return or file an amended return;
3. Attach documentation of purchase to your return or amended return.

More Useful Links:

Applying the Home Buyers Tax Credit to your 2009 Tax Returns

Bridge Loans: Using the Home Buyers Tax Credit Up-Front

Source: National Association of Realtors (NAR)



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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tina Chandonais on November 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Is the bridge loan for tax credit available in Michigan yet?

    Reply

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