Update: I’ve posted additional details surrounding this credit and how to claim it. Please click through to read: How to Claim the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit.
Okay, details regarding the House/Senate compromise on the economic stimulus package are starting to come out. As I noted yesterday, the Senate’s $15,000 homebuyer tax credit has been stripped from the final version. In it’s place is an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Note that this credit does not need to be paid back, unlike the original $7,500 first-time homebuyer tax credit. To qualify, the purchase has to be made between January 1st, 2009 and before November 30th, 2009 and you have to stay in your home for three years. This is a refundable tax credit, and it’s phased out for individuals with AGI of $75k or higher or couples with AGI of $150k or higher.