The NC Home Advantage Tax Credit enables eligible first-time buyers (those who haven't owned a home as their principal residence in the past three years) and military veterans to save up to $2,000 a year on their federal taxes with a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC). This leaves you with more money to put toward your mortgage payment. If you qualify, you can claim a federal tax credit for 30 percent of the interest you pay on an existing home (50 percent on a newly built home)—up to $2,000 per year for every year you live in your home. You may also be eligible for our NC Home Advantage Mortgage™ with down payment assistance to boost your savings even more! We offer these products statewide through participating lenders.
How does an MCC work?
In order to receive the NC Home Advantage Tax Credit, you must apply and be approved for an MCC from the NC Housing Finance Agency prior to purchasing your home. You apply for the MCC at the same time as your mortgage. Once you're in your new home, you'll receive your MCC and be set for tax time!
Here’s an example of how this tax credit works. On a $148,000 mortgage with an interest rate of 4.5 percent, you might pay $6,660 in interest the first year. The MCC would allow you to take a federal income tax credit of $1,998 ($6,660 x 30 percent) for that year. Please note that you can still claim a mortgage interest deduction for the remaining 70 percent of the mortgage interest you paid.
You don’t have to wait until tax time to reap the benefits of an MCC! Once you calculate your annual tax credit, you can revise your W-4 with your employer to reduce the amount of federal taxes withheld from your pay check. That $1,998 tax credit could then translate into an additional $167 in your monthly paycheck—money you can put toward your mortgage payment, making your home even more affordable!