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Im preparing all my tax information for the 2012 year. My

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I'm preparing all my tax information for the 2012 year. My wife purchased her condo on September 29, 2009 under the first time home buyers deal and received the $8000 credit. We currently still own the condo, but relocated to California at the beginning of September for work. On October 10, we converted the property to a rental. My question is, are we going to be on the hook to repay $8,000 because we moved three weeks prior to the 3 year mark. Please let me know thanks!
Thanks for asking your question! I'm sorry to hear about your tax issue and I'm going to try my best to help you understand or resolve it.

Thank you for your question, and thanks for using JustAnswer.com. Unfortunately, the IRS states "The obligation to repay the credit arises only if the home ceases to be your principal residence within 36 months from the date of purchase. The full amount of the credit received becomes due on the return for the year the home ceased being your principal residence." So, you must live in that home for 36 months. If you are three weeks shy of that thirty six month mark, then you will owe the entire amount.

I'm sorry if this is bad news, please don't shoot the messenger. I can only report what the IRS has stated. You must be in the house for 36 months or else you are liable to pay that amount back.

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You should be aware that your question, as with most tax questions, can never really be answered completely...addressing all the permutations; that is because of the many assumptions that have to be made I have done my best to determine what I think you are asking and answering it in the most direct and understandable manner possible. If, however, after reviewing the questions, you have any uncertainties or further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hello, thanks for your prompt reply. The IRS also states that a home quits being your main residence "You no longer live in the home for the greater number of nights in a year." I guess my broader question is how can the IRS distinguish whether or not we were physically in the house or on an extended vacation. I'm just trying to find clarity in the law. Thanks!

In the law, there is no clarity. The IRS relies on voluntary compliance, meaning the IRS relies on you to make that determination.

If you move, and you're gone, and there's no intent to come back, that home ceased to be your primary residence. However, it would be up to you to tell the IRS that.

Please let me know if you need anything additional. Thanks again for using JustAnswer.com and have a happy, and safe, 2013.

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