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Senate OKs new tax credit closing deadline

Backers of amendment cite backlog of 180K homebuyers

CLARIFICATION: While the Senate has amended HR 4213, the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010," to extend the closing deadline for the tax credit, it has not held a vote on the amended bill itself. Senate Democrats have reportedly trimmed $60 billion in spending from the bill in hopes of passing it this week. The House and Senate must resolve differences between previous versions of the bill passed in both chambers before it can become law.The Senate has amended a bill to give homebuyers who were under contract on a home purchase by April 30 an additional three months to close the deal and claim the federal homebuyer tax credit.Extending the deadline for closing from June 30 to Sept. 30 would allow lenders more time to clear a backlog of 180,000 homebuyers nationwide, said amendment sponsor Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.The amendment to HR 4213, the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010" -- which primarily extends unemployment insurance ...