MCC Allocation Status
Allocations of MCCs are made by the State of California and are quickly used. Below is the current status of MCCs:
Allocation Letter (not available)
The Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program is authorized by Congress and governed by the Internal Revenue Code Sections 25 and 143. The program provides tax credits to income eligible homebuyers in the following areas: the City of Capitola, the City of Santa Cruz, the City of Scotts Valley, the City of Watsonville, and the unincorporated areas of the County of Santa Cruz.
The Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) reduces the amount of Federal income tax you pay, thus giving you more available income to qualify and pay for a mortgage loan.
If eligible, an eligible buyer will receive a tax credit for 20 percent of the annual interest paid on the mortgage loan. The amount of the credit will not be more than the buyer’s annual Federal income tax liability, after all other credits and deductions have been taken into account. The buyer’s ability to take full advantage of the tax credit will depend on the buyer’s individual tax liability.
If the buyer’s annual Federal income tax is $2,528 or more after all other credits and deductions have been subtracted, the buyer would receive all the benefit of the MCC. The buyer would file a revised W-4 withholding form, and the buyer’s Federal taxes would be reduced by $211 per month (2,528 divided by 12). The dollars saved in Federal taxes can go toward the buyer’s monthly mortgage payment.
If the tax liability was under $2,528 - $800 for example – the Federal income tax would be reduced by $800.
You may obtain a mortgage credit certificate through any of the participating Lenders. A list of current Participating Lenders is available here.
You may apply for the credit certificate through a participating Lender at the same time you make a formal application for a mortgage loan.
There will be a non-refundable fee of $250.00 to make an application for an MCC. Lenders will work with borrowers on a first-come, first-served basis. After you have made a formal application, the Lender will arrange with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz to reserve funds for your MCC. This reservation will hold the MCC while your application is being processed by the Lender and the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz.
The loan term depends on the Lender and the type of loan you use. Depending on the mortgage marketplace and your borrowing requirements, each Lender can set its own interest rate, length of mortgage term, down payment requirement, fees, points, closing costs, and other loan terms.
MCCs are available with conventional, fixed-rate loans; adjustable rate loans; FHA and VA loans, and privately insured loans. MCCs are not available with bond-backed loans (e.g. City and County Single Family Homeownership Programs, CHFA), which carry a below-market fixed interest rate, or with refinanced loans.
As long as the home remains your principal residence, the MCC will be in effect for the life of your mortgage. Each year, the credit certificate is calculated on the basis of 20 percent of the total interest you paid on your loan that year.
The MCC can only be used for owner-occupied single family residences (including condominiums and townhouses) within the eligible areas: the City of Capitola, the City of Santa Cruz, the City of Scotts Valley, the City of Watsonville, and the unincorporated areas of the County of Santa Cruz. You are responsible for finding your own home to purchase.
No listing of homes, real estate agents, or builders is maintained by the eligible areas or the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz. The homebuyer is free to use the services of any real estate agent, builder or lender.
Loans closing after January 1, 1991 are subject to a "Recapture" in the form of additional Federal tax. If an MCC recipient sells the residence nine (9) years or less after closing, Federal taxes may increase as a result of the sale.Additional information on the Mortgage Credit Certificate Program can be obtained from the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz, 2931 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 tel. 831/454-9455 ext. 286.
For information about RMCCS, or refinance MCCs, go here.
Most recent MCC Allocations Announcement
information on the Mortgage Credit Certificate Program can be obtained by
calling the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz at (831) 454-9455
2931 Mission St. • Santa
Cruz, CA 95060-5709 • (831)454-9455 • TDD: (831)469-0122
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