Do You Qualify for a Tax and Rent Refund?
August is the month that the 2012 Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund applications become available to all Maine residents. The purpose of this program is to help Maine homeowners offset the high cost of property taxes assessed on their primary residences during 2011. Maine residents who paid rent can also apply and receive similar relief.
You may be eligible for this program if you were a Maine resident for ALL 12 months of 2011, AND owned or rented a home for ALL 12 months of 2011, AND occupied that home for at least 6 months of 2011. Eligibility is based on income for 2011. The limits to file for the general program are $64,950 for a single person and $86,600 for a married couple. Income limits for the senior program (62 or older, or 55 or older if you are disabled) are: $14,700 for a single person and 18,200 for a married couple. Refunds may be as much as $400 for the senior program and $1,600 for the general program. Individuals eligible for both a general program refund and a senior program refund will receive the larger of the two.
If you pay property taxes or rent an apartment and would like to know if you qualify for a Tax and Rent Refund, please call Spectrum Generations at 1-800-639-1553. If you have filed in the past, then you should automatically receive a new application in the mail during the month of August. Spectrum Generations can also mail you an application after August 1st or help you fill one out at one of our centers. Applications may also be filed online after August 1st, 2012 at: http://www.maine.gov/revenue/homepage.html.
Spectrum Generations will provide individual appointments to assist with the 2012 Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund application at all of its community centers across central Maine. Please call your local center for an appointment.
- Somerset Center in Skowhegan, 474-8552
- Muskie Center in Waterville, 873-4745
- Cohen Center in Hallowell, 626-7777
- Knox Center in Rockland, 596-0339
- Coastal Center in Damariscotta, 563-1363
- Southern Midcoast Community Center in Topsham, 729-0475
- Waldo Center in Belfast, 338-1190
Spectrum Generations is central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information, call 1-800-639-1553 or visit www.spectrumgenerations.org.