how do I enter info about a 1098-MA

My mortgage interest on my 1098 was 7809.80.  the amout paid on the 1098-MA is 10338.67.  how do i figure what to do
    The bottom line is you can only deduct what you actually paid.  You received a Form 1098-MA because you were receiving mortgage assistance payments from a government fund.  You cannot deduct the portion that was paid by the government fund, only the portion that you paid.
    Your 1098 may have a notice on it from the lender saying that amounts may be over reported since they include government subisidy payments so you may have to adjust it to what you actually paid.
    The Box 3 amount of the 1098-MA is amounts you paid through the fund.  This amount can include interest, real estate taxes and/ mortgage insurance.  It should all be reported on line 10 of Schedule A as interest though. However, this amount, when combined with amounts reported on Form 1098, should never exceed the amount of interest, mortgage insurance and real estate taxes actually paid by you and otherwise deductible.
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