The Arkansas Development Finance Authority created its Mortgage Credit Certificate Program for the residents of Arkansas, to help make ownership of new and existing homes more affordable for individuals and families of low and moderate income, especially first time buyers.
What is an MCC?
It is a dollar-for dollar tax credit for first time, low-to-moderate income homebuyers. The certificate is issued by ADFA and allows qualifying, taxpaying homebuyers to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the mortgage interest paid per year, capped at $2,000 annually. The credit may be claimed for the life of the loan as long as the home is their primary residence.
How do I qualify for an MCC?
- Must be applied for prior to closing your home loan.
- Must be a first time homebuyer, a veteran or veteran's spouse, or purchasing a home in a targeted county.
- Household income cannot exceed maximum limits. For income limits click here.
- Purchase Price of home not above $250,000.
- Home must be the primary residence.
- Must use an ADFA approved lender. Click here for a list of participating lenders.
- An MCC is not part of the financing package to purchase a home. It is an incentive for a first time homebuyer to purchase a home.
Eligible types of loans:
- ADFA "Move Up"- Free MCC
- ADFA "Move-Up Choice" - Free MCC
|When using an ADFA MCC with a participating lender's first mortgage product, an issuance fee of .5 percent of the loan amount will be charged.|
All loans using an ADFA MCC must be fixed rate and fully amortizing.
- The borrower claims the credit when they file their Form 1040 tax return annually. They may itemize deductions and use Form 8396 “Mortgage Interest Credit” to claim the credit.
- The borrower can receive immediate benefit from the MCC Program by going to their employer and filing a revised W-4 Federal Tax Withholding form to increase their exemptions. This will reduce the Federal tax withholdings and increase the borrower's monthly take-home pay.
Sample MCC Calculation:
NOTE: We recommend that borrowers seek the advice of a qualified tax preparer when deciding whether or not to take advantage of the benefits of an MCC.
“Recapture Tax” may apply if the borrower sells the house within the first nine years. We estimate that about 96% of borrowers will not be subject to “recapture tax."
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