An MCC is a federal income tax credit designed to help homebuyers to better afford individual ownership of housing. With an MCC, the qualified homebuyer is eligible to write off a portion of the annual interest paid on the mortgage as a special tax credit, not to exceed $2,000, during each year that they occupy the home as their Principal Residence. The portion or amount of the tax credit is equal to the mortgage credit rate on the MCC (for example 35%) multiplied by the annual interest paid. This credit reduces the federal income taxes of the buyer, resulting in an increase in the buyer’s net earnings. Increased buyer income results in increased buyer capacity to qualify for the mortgage loan. The MCC has the potential of saving the MCC holder thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.