Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent "Circuit Breaker" Refund
Summary of the Program Beginning August 1, 2012 for Refunds of Property Tax Assessed and Rent Paid during 2011. (Note: The program to apply for refunds of property tax assessed and/or rent paid during 2010 ended May 31, 2012.)
Nearly 200,000 Maine households qualify for a partial refund of property tax assessed and/or rent they paid in 2011. The maximum refund available is $1,600.
You may qualify for a refund if:
- You do not have a spouse or dependent(s) and your 2011 household income was $64,950 or less; or
- You do have a spouse or dependent(s) and your 2011 household income was $86,600 or less
- Your 2011 property tax was more than 4% of your 2011 household income; or
- The rent you paid in 2011 was more than 20% of your 2011 household income.
NOTE: Seniors do not need to meet this requirement when their household income is below $14,700 for those living alone or below $18,200 for those living with a spouse or dependent. See the application booklet for more information on who qualifies for the senior portion of the program.