The first-time homebuyer credit, introduced by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, PL 110-289 (the 2008 act), has been substantially modified and clarified by two developments this year: the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, PL 111-5 (the 2009 act), and the issuance of IRS Notice 2009-12 (IRB 2009-6). This refundable credit, as part of the federal government’s overall economic stimulus effort, is intended to enhance buying incentives in the current economy and encourage and aid first-time homebuyers. A first-time homebuyer is defined as an individual (and if married, the individual’s spouse) who has not had an ownership interest in a principal residence in the three-year period ending on the date of purchase (IRC § 36(c)(1)). Read More...
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