Government investigators revealed today that fraud is rampant in the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit program. Over 100,000 taxpayers have tried to cheat the system, the IRS says. Some of filers for the credit were just four years old.

The program allows people who haven’t bought a home in the past three years to claim up to an $8,000 tax credit, based on the home purchase price and their income level. It is credited with helping lift the housing market, and Realtors and other real estate industry groups are lobbying for its expansion and extension.

But government watchdogs say unscrupulous tax filers are using it to rip off the IRS to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Linda Stiff, a deputy commissioner at the IRS, says the agency has uncovered over 160 schemes related to the credit and is investigating over 100,000 possibly fraudulent filers.

J. Russell George, a Treasury Dept. inspector general, told the House Ways and Means Committee that 19,300 filers had claimed a deduction on a home they hadn’t even purchased, claims worth $139 million. Some 74,000 filers claimed a credit but aren’t entitled to one because they owned a home within the past three years.

Another 580 people filing for the credit were under the age of 18. Normally, one must be over that age to purchase a home. reported that the Treasury’s George told the committee that more than one of the filers was just four years old.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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