The U.S. House and Senate are close to an agreement to extend the home buyer tax credit due to expire at the end of this month.
The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday while the House could approve it later in the week â€“ likely before Friday when the monthly report on the unemployment rate will be released.
The measure that is slated to pass would cover homes under contract by April 30. Also, anyone taking the credit from a home purchased in 2010 would be able to take the credit when they pay their 2009 taxes.
First-time home buyers would be eligible for $8,000, but purchasers donâ€™t have to be first-time buyers. Anyone who has owned a home for at least five years could get a $6,500 credit on a new residence.
Income limitations rise under the new plan with individuals earning up to $125,000 a year and couples earning up to $225,000 eligible. People who earn more would be eligible for smaller credits.
Source: The New York Times, Jackie Calmes (11/4/2009)