Don’t miss out on
big stimulus savings.
“Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, New York’s middle-income
families could potentially see tax savings of $3,000 to $5,000. However, these incentives
are only available for a limited time. If you think you may qualify for any of these tax credits
or benefits, it’s important that you act soon and secure your savings before time runs out.”
– Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
The following are available tax credits and
cut-off dates for federal government
End-of-the-year deadlines are fast approaching,
so be sure to secure available credits
and incentives while they last!
Tax credits for college
The American Opportunity credit has modified the existing Hope
Credit for tax years 2009 and 2010. The credit is now available to
a broader range of taxpayers, including those with higher incomes
and those who owe no taxes. Many of those eligible will qualify for
a maximum annual credit of $2,500 to cover tuition, books and other
related school fees.
Computer purchase credits
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has expanded the list of expenses covered
by the 529 plan. Those enrolled in the college tuition savings program may be eligible to have
the cost of laptops and related computer programs covered for college during 2009 and 2010.
New car purchase
Those who purchase a new car, truck, motor home or motorcycle between Feb. 16, 2009, and
Jan. 1, 2010, may be eligible to deduct the state and local sales tax. There is no limit on the
number of vehicles purchased, but the deduction per vehicle is limited to the first $49,500 of the
First-time homebuyer credit
In order for first-time homebuyers to take advantage of this tax credit – up to $8,000 for homes
bought in 2008 and 2009 – they must close on their home by Nov. 30, 2009. The credit can be
claimed after the closing date and applies to people who have not owned a principal residence
during the past three years. It does not apply to second or vacation homes.
Energy-efficient home improvements
Credits and incentives up to $1,500 are available to homeowners who invest in energy-efficient
improvements such as adding insulation, energy-efficient windows and energy-efficient heating
and air conditioning systems. In addition, homeowners who install residential alternative energy
equipment – like solar heating systems – may qualify for a credit equal to 30 percent of the cost.
To qualify for these credits, improvements must be placed into service in 2009 or 2010.
For more information on eligibility for these and other government benefits and incentives, visit: