Same question about the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit qualification. Just thought I should give you more details. In August of 2006, my wife bought the house her parents are living in currently because she had excellent credit. She was trying to help out her desperate parents. They pay the mortgage payments but the house is in her name. She lived there a year (until July of 2007) and then moved out once we got married. She's not making any money in rent (her parents pay the exact mortgage amts). We also did standard tax filing for the past 2 yrs and therefore never claimed the mortage payments. Now my wife and I want to buy a house. Her mother was going to be the co-signer with me since my wife's credit isn't good at this time. The problem is because she's not a first time home buyer, we both don't qualify for the credit. Therefore even though I'm a first time home buyer and she's not going to be in the mortgage, we can't take advantage of this incentive. Given the situation, is there anything we can qualify for? Is the gov't going to change this rule in case they extend the deadline? I find this very unfair because unmarried couples can buy a home together and claim the credit even if one of them doesn't qualify. Please help. Thank you so much Bill!
Homebuyers who purchased a home in 2008, 2009 or 2010 may be able to take advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. The credit:
In general, you can claim the credit if you are a first-time homebuyer or a long-time resident of the same main home. You are considered a first-time homebuyer if you meet all of the following requirements.
Keep in mind this tax credit is not free money. The first-time homebuyer credit is similar to a 15-year interest-free loan. Normally, it is repaid in 15 equal annual installments beginning with the second tax year after the year the credit is claimed. The repayment amount is included as an additional tax on the taxpayer’s income tax return for that year.
If I understand your message correctly, your spouse purchased a home for her parents. It was your spouse’s parent’s main home and not your spouse’s main home. The rule is that you do not qualify if “You (and your spouse if married) did not own any other main home during the 3-year period ending on the date of purchase.” If the house was not her main home, your spouse qualifies for the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit.
Let us say for the sake of argument that the property was your spouse’s main home at that time. Notice the time limitation regarding the rule. If your spouse considered that property her main home, at some point in 2007 it stopped being her main home. Therefore, on the three-year anniversary or her quitting the home in 2007, that is the date she becomes qualified for First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit.
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