Maine Residents Property Tax & Rent Refund “Circuit Breaker” Program

by The ARB Team

The 2010-2011 Maine Residents Property Tax & Rent Refund “Circuit Breaker” Program will be accepting applications through May 31, 2011.

Over 200,000 Maine homeowners and renters are estimated to be eligible for a refund check from the state of Maine for property tax assessed and/or rent they paid in 2009. During the last application period 88,470 refunds totaling almost $40.5 million were distributed to Maine homeowners and renters. Refund checks to homeowners and renters statewide averaged $456. The maximum refund available is $1,600.

You may qualify for a refund if:

  1. You are a Maine resident and lived in Maine for all of 2009; and
  2. You do not have a spouse or dependent(s) and your 2009 household income was $64,950 or less; or, you do have a spouse or dependent(s) and your 2009 household income was $86,600 or less;
  3. Your 2009 property tax was more than 4% of your 2009 household income; or, the rent you paid in 2009 was more than 20% of your 2009 household income.

Seniors age 62 or older do not need to meet the percentage requirements when their household income is below $14,700 for those living alone or below $18,200 for those living with a spouse or dependent.

You may apply for the Circuit Breaker program online or download an application at the Maine Revenue Services Web site. Please contact our office if you have additional questions regarding the program or would like help completing the application.

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