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What’s the difference between the DC First-time homebuyer credit and the First-time homebuyer credit?

The D.C. First-Time Homebuyer credit was a federal tax credit that was available to first-time homebuyers in the District of Columbia who purchased a home as their primary residence in 2008, 2009, or 2010. The credit was the smaller of:

  • $5,000, if single, married filing jointly, head-of-household, or qualifying widow(er) ($2,500, if married filing separately), or
  • The purchase price of the home.

This credit expired in 2011; however, if you claimed the credit in a prior year and was not able to take the entire amount of the credit in a prior year, the excess may be carried forward to use on next year’s tax return until it is all used up.

The First-Time Homebuyer credit was an additional tax credit for homebuyers who purchased their first home between 2008 through 2010. This credit expired after 2010; however, there are certain situations where the credit has to be repaid. Refer to our First-time homebuyer credit repayment FAQs for more information.

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