Senate Approves Mensch Bill Creating First-Time Homebuyers Savings Accounts

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Harrisburg –  Legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) creating First-Time Homebuyers Savings Accounts in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate today.

Senate Bill 309 would permit eligible Pennsylvanians to open special savings accounts and take state tax deductions for savings toward expenses such as a down payment and closing costs.

“The benefits of home ownership extend beyond the home and the buyer. Homeowners put down stakes and make a long-term commitment that strengthens the entire community, socially and economically,” Mensch said. “Providing these tax credits would bring a significant return to our communities.”

The bill would apply to first-time homebuyers and those who have not owned or purchased a home within the three years leading up to the purchase. Account holders would be permitted to contribute a total of $50,000 over a 10-year period. Annual contributions would be capped at $5,000 for single taxpayers and $10,000 for those filing a joint return.

It is estimated that this type of savings account program in Pennsylvania could result in an annual increase of up to 4,000 home purchases within the state, Mensch said.  The result would be an overall positive impact on Pennsylvania’s economy, spurring additional economic activity, job creation and earnings for households. It’s estimated that the economic impact could range between $7.8 million to $68.8 million.

“A first-time homebuyers saving account will be an important tool in helping people overcome the financial obstacles to home ownership while strengthening communities,” Mensch said. “I encourage the House of Representatives to approve this bill and provide a fiscally responsible manner to help citizens purchase their first home.”

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388