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Repayment of First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit

by Terry
(Centralia, WA)



We purchased our home in March of 2010. If I lose my job and must proceed with foreclosure, must I repay the 8K first time home buyers tax credit?

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Hello Terry,

Thank you for coming by my website and asking a question.

First of all I must tell you, I cannot nor am I qualified to give out tax advice. You will need to seek out professional help.

Now with the fine print said and out of the way, please allow me to express my sincere hopes you do not find yourself in the situation you describe.

Below you will find what I was able to research at www.irs.gov. Since this is the taxing authority, I suspect you can trust what it is saying. This would be a good source for you to research also.

IRS Website

It discuss there the repayment triggers for the first time home buyer tax credit.

It really depends on when you bought the house because the program changed from 2008-2010. Those that bought in 2008 have to repay it over a period of 15 years stating with the 2010 tax return.

Now if you bought the home in 2009 or 2010, this tax credit does not have to be paid back as long as you live in the home for 3 years from the date you closed.

Like anything else with the IRS, there are some exceptions. That is why I provided you the link to the IRS website. I'm no expert on tax law.

My take on this ruling; you must live in the house for 36 months or you may trigger a repayment event. But, I also see there are some "exceptions to the general rules" and I could not find out what they are.

Since I do not know what program you are under, I urge you to ask your local tax expert since he/she would be in a better position to help. I hope that this at least provides you some insight.

I wish you the best. I love helping people understand the mortgage process. Please pay it forward and social bookmark my site, share it with others or make a small donation. That helps me keep this FREE resource available for all to benefit from.

Kind Regards,

Jeff Ragan

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