At the end of the 2000s, residents of the United States who decided to buy a home for the first time could use a profitable governmental program to recount their credit. Today, this system does not work anymore, but some buyers can still use IRS Form 5405 to change the amount they must reimburse for such homes.
The document helps figure out how much money you still owe for your credit as a person who bought the real estate for the first time. However, nowadays, the form can be used by a very limited group of taxpayers. The Service prescribes to file the document if you bought the property in 2008 (neither later nor earlier) and either stopped using it as your principal place of living or its disposition occurred last year (2020).
There are many peculiarities about the form filers; read the Service’s guidance to understand if you are qualified for this document. You will also learn about exceptions that allow you not to submit the record. Because the form usage is limited nowadays, we recommend checking the instructions for the document creation every time taxpayers think of filing it.
You have just one sheet to fill out, and you probably will not face any difficulties because the Service provides all guidelines regarding the calculations you have to make. But sometimes, people may have a lack of data or knowledge to create such forms, and it is absolutely normal.
We insist that you ask for professional assistance if you are unsure about some data. It is much better than getting fines and penalties from the Service in the future. It does not matter if you hire an expert or try filing the template by yourself. In any case, one should prepare all relevant documents (contracts with lenders, receipts, bank papers, previous tax returns, and so on) because you or the form preparer will surely need them.
It is necessary to check whether your template is current and accurate prior to the form completion. If you do not have any, you can switch to the Service’s site and seek it there; but we have a better solution. Use our smart form-building software to generate any template you are looking for, IRS Form 5405 included.
When the template is received, see the steps you need to accomplish to finish working on the form.
1. Enter Your Name and SSN
Under the heading, as it is usually required in the Service’s forms, write your full name on the left and your social security number (or SSN) on the right.
2. Explain the Changes to Your Main Home Usage
You have to explain what happened: why you have disposed of the home or stopped living there (or using it as a primary domicile). You do not have to invent anything because all possible options that the Service accepts are enumerated here.
Firstly, enter the date when things changed (when you either disposed of your home or stopped living there permanently).
Read the statements provided in line 2. If you recognize your situation in these statements, check the box and stop completing the form. You do not need to reimburse the credit: read the Service instructions to get more details.
In the third question, you will see points describing various cases that happen with people’s homes. You have to select the one applicable to you.
Among these points are selling to different categories of buyers, transforming the home to an office or any other business space, transferring the home to your ex-spouse (if this is the case, add their name, too). The other two points state that the house was destroyed or the taxpayer who has asked for the credit passed away.
In case of the taxpayer’s death, you need to continue working on the form only if you send a joint tax return with them. Read the Service’s guide to understand further procedures. Otherwise, there is no need to complete the template.
3. Define the Repayment Terms
You need to work with various numbers in the second part. In every line, you have to insert certain sums. Write the sum you asked for, then define how much you have already reimbursed, do the math as written in the template, and check the Service’s instructions to determine how much you have to pay after all.
4. Complete Part III (If Applicable)
You should complete this block only if your home were either ruined or sold to somebody who is not related to you (the Service defines relationships between parties in its guide).
Again, you will have to add several numbers here, starting with the home’s selling price and selling costs. Count the numbers as provided near each line and insert the results. Read additional instructions below and define if you need to repay or not.
Typically, taxpayers attach their 5405 form to their tax returns. However, the Service updates the rules for some forms every year, so it is better to check the deadlines and current submission methods on the official site.