Here’s how it works:
The credit is $3,750 for married couples filing separately. Unmarried people who jointly purchase a home will be able to divide the $7,500 credit.
- This program is actually a loan, which home buyers must repay over 15 years at zero percent interest beginning in the second year after they purchase the home. A home buyer who qualified for the whole credit would pay an additional $500 in income tax for 15 years or about $41.67 per month. If you should sell before 15 years you will owe the government the remaining balance.
- The credit applies only to homes purchased on or after April 9, 2008, and before July 1, 2009.
- High-income home buyers don’t qualify: Eligibility begins phasing out for single filers with adjusted income of more than $75,000 and $150,000 for joint filers. It completely phases out at $95,000 for singles and $170,000 for married couples filing jointly.