$10,000 California State HomeBuyer Credit

A recently passed law established a personal income tax credit for purchasers of a qualifying principal residence. The tax credit is capped at the lesser of $10,000 or 5 percent of the purchase price for the purchase of a principal residence that has never been occupied made between March 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010. The credit will be provided in equal amounts ($3,333 for the $10,000 credit) over the three successive taxable years beginning with the year in which the purchase is made. Qualifying residences must never have been occupied and must be eligible after purchase, for the Homeowner's Property Tax Exemption. The taxpayer must live in the home as their principal residence for at least two years or be subject to payback for any tax credits received. (more…)
Five Factors That Impact Your Credit Score

Five Factors That Impact Your Credit Score

What are the factors that impact your credit score? 1. Payment History 35% Impact Paying debt on time and in full has the greatest positive impact on your credit score. Late payments, judgments and charge-offs all have a negative impact. Missing a high payment will have a more severe impact than missing a low payment, and delinquencies that have occurred in the last two years carry more weight than older items. 2. Outstanding Credit Balances 30% Impact This factor marks the ratio between the outstanding balance and available credit. Ideally, you should make…continue reading →

$8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit for San Jose Purchase

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit for San Jose and rest of the Bay Area Who is Eligible? The $8,000 tax credit is available for first-time home buyers only. The law defines first-time home buyer as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. All U.S. citizens and residents (as defined by IRS) who file taxes are eligible to participate in the program. Payback Provisions The tax credit is a true credit. It does not have to be repaid. The only repayment requirement is…continue reading →