Despite reports that there was not enough support for a homebuyers tax credit extension, a bill has been introduced in Senate floor to extend the deadline by a few months. According to the Washington Post, the creators of the legislation hope to allow qualifying taxpayers an additional three months to claim the credit.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) co-authored a proposal that would allow those eligible for the tax credit to close on a home by Sept. 30 to give lenders more time to process a crush of applications.
Reid and his co-sponsors hope to attach the measure to a separate bill moving through the Senate that would extend a variety of tax breaks as well as emergency unemployment benefits. But even if senators succeed in attaching the tax-credit initiative, Democrats are still struggling to assemble the votes needed to pass the overall tax bill.
To qualify for the tax credit -- $8,000 for some first-time buyers and $6,500 for certain current homeowners -- buyers must have signed a contract by April 30 and close on the their transactions by June 30.
The National Association of Realtors said many home buyers will not be able to meet the June 30 closing deadline because of the surge in loan volume and delays related to home appraisals and short sales, transactions in which lenders allow struggling homeowners to sell their homes for less than they owe on them.