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Charleston AFB - Home Buyer Credit Ending SOON!

April 15th, 2011 8:08 AM by Jodie Ford

Congress acknowledged the unique circumstances affecting members of the military, the Foreign Service and the intelligence community by extending the Home Buyer Tax Credit for qualified service members.

The extension applies to any individual (or spouse) who serves on qualified official extended duty service outside of the United States for at least 90 days during the period beginning after Dec. 31, 2008, and ending before May 1, 2010.

The fed­eral home buyer tax credit ranges up to $8,000 for first-time Charleston AFB home buy­ers and up to $6,500 for exist­ing home­own­ers. Exist­ing home­own­ers must have lived in their “main home” through 5 of the last 8 years to be eligible.

Claim­ing the fed­eral tax credit is a two-step process. First, eli­gi­ble Charleston military must be under con­tract for a new home on or before April 30, 2011. The home’s clos­ing must then occur on or before June 30, 2011.

Eli­gi­bil­ity requirements:

· The home may not be pur­chased from a par­ent, spouse, or child

· The home may not be pur­chased from an entity in which the seller is a major­ity owner

· The home may not be acquired by gift or inheritance

· Each buyer must meet tax credit eli­gi­bil­ity standards

· The home sale price may not exceed $800,000

· Buy­ers may not earn more than $125,000 as single-filers; $225,000 as joint-filers

Also, the IRS is giv­ing eli­gi­ble buy­ers a tax credit as opposed to a deduc­tion. This means that a tax­payer qual­i­fy­ing for the full $8,000, and for whom the “nor­mal” 2011 fed­eral tax lia­bil­ity is $8,000, will have zero fed­eral tax lia­bil­ity in 2011.

The com­plete pro­gram descrip­tion is pub­lished on the IRS web­site.

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