The United States Senate passed an extension of the Homebuyer Tax Credit closing deadline. The extension applies only to transactions that have approved contracts in place as of April 30, 2010 and have not yet closed. The legislation should create a seamless extension and the new closing deadline for eligible transactions is now September 30, 2010. There will be no gap between June 30, 2010 and the date the President signs the bill into law. Up to 180,000 home buyers are eligible for the tax credit that the extension of H.R. 5623, the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act will bring.
A refundable tax credit is available for qualifying first-time home purchases after Apr. 8, 2008, and before Dec. 1, 2009. For homes bought in 2009, the maximum first time homebuyer tax credit (FTHTC) is equal to the lesser of $8,000 ($4,000 for a married individual filing separately) or 10% of the principal residence's purchase price (for purchases before 2009, the dollar limits are $7,500 ($3,750 for marrieds filing separately). The FTHTC phases out for individual taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income (AGI) between $75,000 and $95,000 ($150,000 and $170,000 for joint filers) for the year of purchase.
For more information on the refundable tax credit visit our Home Buyer Tax Credit article