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Old 04-19-2009, 08:52 PM
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Here is the situation. My wife will come here 2nd half of 2009 on H4. My own salary is more than 75K and less than 150K. If I go ahead buy a house(never own a house before) and file tax jointly late this year. Can I still get $8K tax credit with jointly filing? Thank you very much
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:34 PM
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I think you will get the credit but consult a accountant to be sure. (you need to read the fine print regarding who gets the credit and whether visa status is an issue ..the only problem that I see is that if your wife won't have a SSN ..then what happens)
where are you planning to buy ? since home prices are still falling, I guess a good time to look would be oct / nov ...but still most reports say prices will be stagnant or fall for a long long time
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:54 PM
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For SSN, she can file W-7 to get ITIN in order to file tax. My concern is that, if she stays here for less than 5 months in FY2009 (this is the first she come to US), she is considered as non-resident on federal return. It is claimed that only resident can claim this benefits...


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I think you will get the credit but consult a accountant to be sure. (you need to read the fine print regarding who gets the credit and whether visa status is an issue ..the only problem that I see is that if your wife won't have a SSN ..then what happens)
where are you planning to buy ? since home prices are still falling, I guess a good time to look would be oct / nov ...but still most reports say prices will be stagnant or fall for a long long time
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:26 AM
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For SSN, she can file W-7 to get ITIN in order to file tax. My concern is that, if she stays here for less than 5 months in FY2009 (this is the first she come to US), she is considered as non-resident on federal return. It is claimed that only resident can claim this benefits...
yes that is what I meant ... see what happened in the stimulus checks for taxpayers with spouses (who had TIN #) ..they did not get checks even for the tax payer !!!
and hence my question ..where are you planning to buy a house (or where do you reside currently ?).
Meredith Whitney even went so far to say that house prices will fall another 20 - 30% (when you take inflation into account) ..so don't get lured by home buyer credit only !! (and since you are on H1 ..it is all the more risky)
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Why do you want to "claim" your wife as non-resident in tax return. There is no additional benefit by that. Probably claiming an h4 as "resident" gives you more tax benefits. And I dont think "1040" "mandates" you to claim her as "non-resident" for this reason.

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For SSN, she can file W-7 to get ITIN in order to file tax. My concern is that, if she stays here for less than 5 months in FY2009 (this is the first she come to US), she is considered as non-resident on federal return. It is claimed that only resident can claim this benefits...
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yes that is what I meant ... see what happened in the stimulus checks for taxpayers with spouses (who had TIN #) ..they did not get checks even for the tax payer !!!
and hence my question ..where are you planning to buy a house (or where do you reside currently ?).
Meredith Whitney even went so far to say that house prices will fall another 20 - 30% (when you take inflation into account) ..so don't get lured by home buyer credit only !! (and since you are on H1 ..it is all the more risky)
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