Applications are still available for the 1997 Maine State Property Tax and Rent Refund Program. However, the deadline for filing your application with the Bureau of Taxation is Jan. 31. The refund program covers the 1996 tax year.
This state program, also known as the “circuit-breaker program,” is an effective form of tax relief for Maine families. Many area residents have taken advantage of it and received refunds of various amounts.
This program is for qualified homeowners or renters who meet certain eligibility requirements. To be eligible, a single person household must have an annual income of less than $25,700. Multiple person households have an annual income limit of $40,000. In addition, a homeowner’s property tax must be more than 4 percent of their income, or in the event of a renter, the rental amount must exceed 27 percent of income.
Applications are available from the state of Maine Bureau of Taxation (624-7894) or by contacting your local town or city tax office. If you wish, leave a message on the Senate toll-free message line at 1-800-423-6900, and an application can be forwarded to you. I encourage you to seek an application and apply today, if you believe that you may qualify. Richard P. Ruhlin Senate chair Taxation Committee Brewer