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Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

LHC’s Commitment

In keeping with its mission to ensure that every Louisiana resident is granted an opportunity to obtain safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing, the LHC offers the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program.

This $5 million statewide program is designed to assist first-time homebuyers, veterans and low to moderate income buyers purchasing a home in designated areas. Homebuyers who use the MCC program can take a federal tax credit of up to 40% of their annual mortgage interest payments for the life of their loan. This credit is capped at $2,000 per year.

Read on to find out if this program is right for your prospective homebuyer.


Program Details

  • Program is available for low and moderate income first-time homebuyers.
  • Household income limits depend on the number of people in the household and the location of the property. Refer to Exhibit T for purchase price limits and Exhibit U for income limits).
  • Homebuyers can take up to 40% of their annual mortgage interest payments (maximum of $2,000 a year) as a tax credit on their federal income tax return.
  • Homebuyers can continue to receive the federal tax credit as long as they occupy the property as their primary residence.
  • Homeowners who use the MCC program must file IRS Form 8396 with their federal tax returns.

Program Benefits

  • The program can be used in conjunction with the LHC's down payment assistance programs.
  • Increases applicant's disposable income, thereby increasing borrower's eligible loan amount.
  • Mortgage Credit Certificates can be layered with any first-time homebuyer loan product except mortgage revenue bonds.
  • Master Servicer approval is not required.
  • Available statewide



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