Tax Relief

Maine Revenue Services administers several programs aimed at providing eligible Maine taxpayers with tax relief. The following tax relief programs are administered by the Income/Estate Tax Division.


Income/Estate Tax Programs

Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund "Circuit Breaker" Program

The Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund “Circuitbreaker” Program has been repealed as part of the enacted state budget for claims beginning on or after August 1, 2013.  The Circuitbreaker Program has been replaced by a refundable Property Tax Fairness Credit that can be claimed on the Maine Individual Income Tax Form.  For more information, click on the link above.

Employment Tax Increment Financing ("ETIF")

Note: This link leads to the Department of Economic and Community Development web site.

Qualified businesses may receive reimbursement of up to 80% of Maine income taxes withheld for employees under an approved ETIF program for up to 10 years.


Property Tax Programs

Business Equipment Tax Exemption ("BETE") Program

Apply for an exemption of personal property taxes on eligible business equipment.

Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement ("BETR") Program

Get a rebate of personal property tax paid on eligible business equipment.

Homestead Exemption

Veteran Exemption

Blind Persons Exemption

Tree Growth


Open Space Land

For more information on other property tax relief options, visit the Property Tax applications page.


Multiple Taxes

Pine Tree Development Zone ("PTDZ") Program

Qualified businesses may be eligible for income tax, employee tax withheld and sales tax benefits, plus more!