WEST virginia legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 2225
By Delegate Byrd
[Introduced January 10, 2019; Referred
to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-21-23a, relating to providing a tax credit for first time home buyers; establishing eligibility criteria; setting a maximum credit; and excluding certain homes.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 21. PERSONAL INCOME TAX.
§11-21-23a. Credit for first time home buyers; criteria.
(a) For the tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, a first time home buyer of a principal residence is allowed a refundable credit against the taxes imposed by this article equal to the amount of 10 percent of the purchase price of a principal residence, up to a maximum credit of $5,000 and subject to the conditions set forth in this section.
(b) The credit permitted by this section applies to a principal residence purchased by a taxpayer on or after April 9, 2019, and before May 1, 2023. However, the credit is also available if the taxpayer enters into a written binding contract before May 1, 2023, and closes on the purchase before July 1, 2023.
(c) A first time home buyer is, for the purposes of this section, an individual who has not had an ownership interest in a principal residence for the five years preceding the purchase of a residence for which he or she seeks this credit.
(d) Married taxpayers who are first time home buyers who file separate returns are eligible for a maximum tax credit of $2,500.
(e) If two or more individuals who are not married purchase a principal residence, the amount of the credit allowed under §11-21-23a(a) of this code shall be allocated among those individuals on a pro rata basis, not to exceed the $5,000 limit.
(f) No credit is allowed under §11-21-23a(a) of this code for a residence whose purchase price exceeds $800,000.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a tax credit for first time home buyers. The bill establishes eligibility criteria, sets a maximum credit of $5,000, and excludes homes over $800,000.
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