July 28, 2011
On Aug. 1, applications for refunds of up to $1,600 will become available for property taxes or rent paid in 2010. The Maine refund program, called “Circuit Breaker,” provides middle and low-income state residents with a partial refund of local property taxes and/or rent paid on their primary residence.
My colleagues and I are working to put more money in the pockets of working Maine people to help pay for gas, food, and other critical needs. This is an excellent program to help middle and low-income Maine people and families.
To qualify, an applicant's 2010 adjusted household income must be $64,950 or less ($86,600 for those with spouse or dependents). In addition, an applicant's 2010 property tax must have been more than 4 percent (or rent more than 20 percent) of their 2010 household income. Low-income seniors do not need to meet this requirement.
Nearly 200,000 Maine households may qualify for a partial refund of local property tax assessed and/or rent they paid in 2010, according to Maine Revenue Services.
The application is available online at Maine Revenue Service. Call Maine Revenue Services at (207) 626-8475 for additional information.
Rep. Helen Rankin, D-Hiram