First-time Homebuyer Tax Credits


With a tax credit through the Mortgage Credit Certificate program in Minnesota, you claim up to 25% of the mortgage interest you pay as a federal income tax credit;  up to $2,000 per year.  This can add up nicely in tax savings over the life of your loan. **


Combine a a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) with your first time home buyers loan for additional savings on your new home



Three easy application options:


1) Apply Online 24/7

2) Call (651) 552-3681

3) Visit us in our St Paul, MN Office



To be eligible for a Mortgage Credit Certificate, you must:

  • Be a first-time homebuyer (or have not owned a home in three years)
  • Qualify for a home mortgage
  • Meet income limits
  • Plan to live in the home as your primary residence
  • Have a federal income tax liability (owe taxes)
  • MCC program is no longer available in conjuntion with the MN Housing Finance Agency firs ttime home buyers program (as of Feb 2017)

Next Steps:

  • Contact a tax professional to see if this program would benefit you.
  • Apply for a mortgage loan online, or call (651) 552-3681
  • Tell your Loan Officer you want to see if you qualify for the Mortgage Credit Certificate
  • Apply for the MCC Program before your mortgage closes.
  • A Homebuyer education class may be required for some mortgage programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money can I save with an MCC?
Savings vary, depending on your loan amount, interest rate, and tax bracket.

Example savings:

  • $175,000 loan amount at 3.50% interest
  • Maximum estimated savings over the life of the loan = $37,500 (for the most perfect client) for this example. Most people will see significantly less! **
Can an MCC benefit me if I don’t have a federal income tax liability?
No, the MCC reduces your federal income tax burden so if your tax liability is $0.00, the MCC will save you $0.00.
What is a federal tax income tax liability?
The actual amount that you owe the federal government, which they may collect from your tax withholdings from your paychecks or at tax time. Want to know what your tax liability was last year? Check your most recent tax return.
Form You Used
Line showing your tax liability
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How long can I use the credit?
You can use the MCC for up to 30 years, or until you refinance, sell the home or move. You may have the MCC re-issued when you refinance if your new mortgage meets the program requirements.

Can I still take the mortgage interest deduction on my income taxes?
Yes, you can deduct the remaining 55% of the mortgage interest paid.

How much help can I get for my downpayment and closing cost assistance?
You can get both an MCC and a down payment assistance loan.  Contact your Loan Officer, or read more information here.


** Actual saving depends on multiple factors, including home mortgage interest rate, how much interest paid, and your overall federal tax rate. It is possible to get $0.00 in benefits.


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