Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended and Expanded

President Obama signed the bill extending and expanding the home buyer tax credit.  The credit was part of a bill that included more aid for jobless workers and broadened tax breaks for businesses. The measure passed the House by a vote of 403 to 12, one day after it was unanimously approved by the Senate.


The bill also extends the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010.  The credit was previously set to expire on November 30, 2009.  The new law expands the credit to cover more affluent buyers. The bill will raise the adjusted gross income cap to $125,000 for single filers and $225,000 for joint filers. The amount of the credit currently begins to phase out for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is more than $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers. [Read more…]