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Crist passes on tea, embraces Obama tax credit

While GOPers across Florida and the country today are holding Boston Harbor-inspired "tea parties" to protest the Democratic administration's tax-and-spend policies, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist isn't marching to beat of the same revolutionary war drummer.

Crist He's encouraging Florida residents to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit on homes bought this year under the Democratic administration's stimulus plan.

"Even though today is Tax Day, first-time Florida home buyers can still claim the tax savings on their 2008 tax return – even if the closing is after today – by requesting an extension or filing an amended return,” Crist said in a chipper press release that contrasts with the doom-and-gloom "taxman cometh'' messages from the GOP.


"Or they can also claim it on 2009 tax return, which will be filed next year,'' Crist added. "Either way, I encourage Floridians and newcomers to Florida to take advantage of this tax break and bargain prices on Florida real estate."