The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was designed to get the economy moving again by getting people to spend money. It’s off to a slow start, because most of what the plan calls for is new spending: new infrastructure projects, new subsidies for alternative fuels, new educational stimulus money, and more local handouts. But there’s already a “stimulus” plan in place that can handle all that, and more! Continue reading “Is The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit a Good Avenue for Stimulus Payments?”
With the recent talk of raising the first-time homebuyer credit, one important question is still open: why are the current checks taking so long to go through? No one expects the tax credit to be instantaneous, and of course the IRS will need to validate each claim. But reports of delayed tax credits are pouring in — and when the tax credit is a key part of financing a new home, this has people nervous.
One of the fastest responses to the real estate slump was a new homebuyer credit. The plan, of course, was to stimulate new home purchases. It may have already had an effect — housing starts have jumped lately, and the property market has stabilized — but that may not be enough. If the National Association of Realtors gets their new plan enacted, the credit will be nearly doubled, and the “First-Time” part of “First-Time Home Buyer Credit” will be dropped.
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