Thursday, March 25, 2010
State Homebuyers Credit Extended
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill aimed at selling California’s vacant homes and encouraging new construction by extending a $10,000 state tax credit for first-time homebuyers.
The governor signed a bill the state Legislature passed on a bipartisan vote earlier this week. It provides a state tax credit to first-time homebuyers who buy new or existing homes from May 1 until the end of 2010.
Homebuyers can claim 5 percent of the purchase price against their California taxes, or up to $10,000.
The state passed a similar tax break last year that capped the total credit available at $100 million on new homes bought through February.
The new bill makes another $100 million available for buyers of new homes and $100 million for those who buy existing homes. According to the Franchise Tax Board, the state allocated that credit to 10,569 applicants after receiving more than 12,000 applications.