Closing Date Deadline for Homebuyer Credit Extended to Sept. 30


President Barack Obama signed the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010 (HR 5623) on July 2. The bill extends the closing date deadline to qualify for the first-time homebuyer credit under IRC § 36 from June 30, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2010. To offset the cost of the extension, the act also includes a provision that extends the bad check penalties the IRS can impose under section 6657 to electronic payments.

 

Section 36 allows a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers and a credit of up to $6,500 for long-term residents of the same principle residence. However, the credits are temporary, and under section 36 (before amendment by HR 5623), the credit was only available to qualifying homebuyers who bought a principal residence on or after April 9, 2008, and on or before April 30, 2010, or who entered into a written binding contract on or before April 30, 2010, to close on the purchase of a principal residence on or before June 30, 2010. Because of delays due to a number of reasons largely outside of their control, many qualifying homebuyers who entered into binding contracts on or before April 30 were unable to close on their residences by the original June 30 deadline.

 

In a news release ( IR-2010-80), the IRS reminded taxpayers that special filing and documentation requirements apply to anyone claiming the homebuyer credit. The news release provides a list of these requirements.

 

More from the JofA:

 

 Find us on Facebook      Follow us on Twitter

 

SPONSORED REPORT

Keeping client information safe in an age of scams and security threats

A look at the Dirty Dozen tax scams and ways to protect taxpayer information.

TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS enforcement, a hot job, and audit value

The IRS’s 2016 Data Book, a “hot job” of particular interest at this time of year, and insight into how executive and audit committees view the insights from financial statement audits received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.