First-Time Home Buyers Savings Accounts Tax Deductible in 2019

House Bill 4007

Permits individual to create first-time home buyer savings account with financial institution to pay or reimburse account holder's eligible costs for first-time purchase of single family residence.

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The Oregon Legislature took a significant step toward addressing the state’s affordable housing crisis by passing House Bill 4007 earlier this year, establishing a First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account program statewide.

Now signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, the program allows Oregonians to take a state tax deduction for saving money towards a down payment and other related costs associated with the purchase of their first home.

The program takes effect on the 91st day following 2018 session adjournment sine die and applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, and before January 1, 2025

Qualified savings would be held in a special account opened at any Oregon bank or credit union. Deposits into the account would be tax deductible up to $5,000 a year for individual filers and $10,000 a year for joint filers, with a maximum contribution of $50,000 over 10 years; interest earned on the account also would be tax free.

Funds in the account would have to be used for a down payment or other closing costs associated with the purchase of an existing home or construction of a new home, of any type, and could only be used by people who have never owned a home or who have not owned a home in the last three years.

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