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IRS: Homebuyer Credit Closing Deadline Extended

Buyers have until September to close on purchases

Editor’s note: Content provided by the Internal Revenue Service. Consult your financial or tax adviser regarding your individual situation.

The deadline for the completion of qualifying First-Time Homebuyer Credit purchases has been extended. Taxpayers who entered into a binding contract before the end of April now have until Sept. 30, 2010, to close on the home.

The Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010, enacted on July 2, 2010, extended the closing deadline from June 30 to Sept. 30 for eligible homebuyers who entered into a binding purchase contract on or before April 30 to close on the purchase of the home on or before June 30, 2010.

Here are five facts from the Internal Revenue Service about the First-Time Homebuyer Credit and how to claim it.

1. If you entered into a binding contract on or before April 30, 2010, to buy a principal residence in the United States, you must close on the home on or before Sept. 30, 2010.

2. To be considered a first-time homebuyer, you and your spouse — if you are married — must not have jointly or separately owned another principal residence during the three years before the date of purchase.

3. To be considered a longtime resident homebuyer, your settlement date must be after Nov. 6, 2009, and you and your spouse — if you are married — must have lived in the same principal residence for any consecutive five-year period during the eight-year period that ended on the date the new home is purchased.

4. The maximum credit for a first-time homebuyer is $8,000. The maximum credit for a longtime resident homebuyer is $6,500.

5. To claim the credit, you must file a paper return and attach Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, along with all required documentation, including a copy of the binding contract. New homebuyers must attach a copy of the properly executed settlement statement used to complete the purchase. Longtime residents are encouraged to attach documentation covering the five-consecutive-year period, such as Form 1098, mortgage interest statements, property tax records or homeowner’s insurance records.

For more information about the First-Time Homebuyer Credit and the documentation requirements, visit IRS.gov/recovery.

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