Deductions and Credits for Homeowners and New Home Buyers

Home ownership can provide a number of tax benefits. For example, you may generally claim a tax deduction for mortgage interest for your main home, along with eligible mortgage insurance premiums, up to the current IRS limit. However, you may only claim these benefits if you itemize deductions, rather than taking the standard deduction for your filing status. The home mortgage interest deduction may be particularly valuable for new homeowners, since payments during the early years of a mortgage can consist primarily of interest charges.

If you receive a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) from your state or local government, you may also qualify for the Mortgage Interest Credit. This credit can reduce your tax on a dollar-for-dollar basis, and you do not need to itemize deductions in order to claim it. A tax professional can help you determine whether you qualify for mortgage-related tax benefits, and if so, help you figure any deduction and/or credit amounts.