The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorizes a tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence - new or resale -on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000. The income limit for single taxpayers is $75,000; the limit is $150,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return.
First-time home buyers purchasing any kind of home—new or resale—are eligible for the tax credit. To qualify for the tax credit, a home purchase must occur on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. First time home buyer means that you have not owned a principal residence in the past three years.
I strongly encourage you to consult a qualified tax advisor or legal professional about your unique situation.
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