Earlier today, the IRS officially began accepting 2008 electronic tax returns for individuals claiming the $8,000 tax credit for qualifying first time home buyers who purchased a house in 2009. If you qualify and have purchased your home this year, you can now file your taxes using TurboTax, TaxAct, H&R Block, or any other software vendor. Previously, if you attempted to claim the $8,000 tax credit on-line, the IRS would have rejected your return.
Note that if you plan on buying a house later this year before December 1, you still qualify for the tax credit, but you cannot claim it yet. Either file for an extension or claim the $8,000 credit when you file your 2009 taxes. If you’re expecting a big refund this year and you don’t want to delay that refund by filing for an extension, you can file now and file an amended return later.
The maximum credit of $8,000 ($4,000 for those who are married filing separately) is limited at 10% of the purchase price of the house, and the total credit you qualify for begins to phase out for taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income of $75,000 or $150,000 for joint filers.
Here are the full details about claiming the $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit this year.
Updated March 21, 2011 and originally published March 31, 2009. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.