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First Time Home Buyer Credit

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With rising home prices, more state lawmakers are proposing legislation to help home shoppers tackle the down payment obstacle. More states this year have considered or are considering passing laws to allow for tax-saving down payment accounts to aid first-time buyers.

Three states authorized such accounts this year: Iowa, Minnesota, and Mississippi. Colorado, Montana, and Virginia already have such accounts in place.

The established down payment accounts vary by state. In general, they allow first-time home buyers to save for a down payment or related expenses, like closing costs, in dedicated savings accounts. These accounts typically feature tax breaks for contributions, such as being able to deduct the amount saved that year from state income tax returns.

States usually cap the amount that can be saved in these accounts per year.

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