C.A.R. calls for swift adoption of Dodd-Lieberman-Isakson amendment to extend home buyer tax credit
LOS ANGELES, CA – October 26, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) called for the U.S. Senate to swiftly adopt the Dodd-Lieberman-Isakson amendment, which would extend and amplify the hugely successful first-time home buyer tax credit until June 30, 2010.
“The success of the home buyer tax credit and its positive impact on the real estate market is clear,” said C.A.R. President James Liptak. “According to our research, nearly 40 percent of first-time buyers said they would not have purchased a home if the federal tax credit for first-time home buyers was not offered. This underscores the significance of the federal tax credit to the housing market’s recovery in California.
“The Dodd-Lieberman-Isakson amendment would expand the credit by removing the first-time buyer requirement and instead would apply to all home buyers,” he said. “The amendment also would increase the qualifying income limits to $150,000 for single buyers and $300,000 for those filing joint income tax returns.
“We urge Senators Feinstein and Boxer to demonstrate their support for home buyers in California and quickly adopt the Dodd-Lieberman-Isakson amendment,” Liptak said.
Under additional provisions in the Dodd-Lieberman-Isakson amendment, taxpayers would be able to claim the credit on purchases completed in 2010 on their 2009 income tax returns. The amendment maintains the provision that home buyers do not have to repay the credit provided the home remains their primary residence for 36 months after purchase, and waives this requirement for active duty military personnel who move due to a military order.
Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with nearly 163,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.