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Tax Q&A: Can I Get My Tax Credit Now if I Buy My House in 2010?

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I'm sure many of you are like us work on your taxes. This year we're using Turbo Tax to get everything organized. We're using Turbo Tax to find as many deductions and tax credits as we can qualify for. Last month we bought a townhouse and I wanted to find out if we could claim the first time home buyer's tax credit when we file our 2009 taxes.

Turbo Tax's Live Community

Here's the question exactly as I typed it in.

Turbo Tax did a great job creating the Live Community. Over the last 3 years, they've accumulated questions people have about their taxes. Live Community is a wonderful resource that allows you to get the answer you need on many common tax questions. Tax experts are moderators, checking to make sure the answers are correct so you’re not given bad information.

I decided to go ahead and use the Live Community feature and see how it works firsthand. I tried to ask the question as concisely as I could.  As you can see, I went ahead and mentioned that the house has been bought in 2010, but I wanted to claim the first time home buyer tax credit with my 2009 taxes.

I immediately got a response and the first two covered my question. I could take the credit on my 2009 taxes and they showed me where on Turbo Tax interview I could pick up that information.

In case you're interested, there are different edition of the Turbo Tax to cover the different needs of customers.

If you want to get started on your taxes, grab your copy of TurboTax today!

Your Take

I'm curious to see how everyone else is handling their taxes. Are you doing your taxes with software like Turbo Tax? Do you use a tax professional to file your returns or do you do it completely yourself?

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