Attention Renters and Homeowners! Deadline for filing for your 2010 rent or property tax refund is May 31, 2012.
If you own your own home or pay rent and have high property taxes or rental payments, you are probably eligible for a money refund from the State of Maine.
The maximum benefit for the general program this year is $1,600.
Who can qualify?
- Your household income was $86,600 or less in 2010 (up to $64,950 if no spouse or dependents).
- The rent you paid in 2010 was more than 20% of your household income, or
- Your 2010 property tax was more than 4% of your household income.
- You file an application with the State between August 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012.
If you are close to meeting the income and expense test, the State encourages you to apply, to find out if you are eligible.
Low-income seniors can qualify even if their rent or property taxes are not as high. This includes low-income seniors 62 or older in 2010 (55 or over if disabled).
How do I apply?
In order to save money, the State is no longer providing paper applications to legal services offices or social service agencies. But you can still order a paper application directly from the State:
Call Maine Revenue Services: 207-624-7894 (leave your name and mailing address), or
Write to Maine Revenue Services, SHS 24, Augusta, ME 04333-0024