Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund Program for 2012

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pmrmsm
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Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund Program for 2012

I know it seems like every year somebody is posting this information and because a neighbor of mine was asking about it. I figured I would look into it as August 1st is in a few days. So here is the link for the application website for those that are interested.

Property Tax and Rent Relief

Naran
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Thank you for posting this

Thank you for posting this information, PM. Your reminder about the Circuit Breaker is handy.

The credit for which people will be applying is for the 2011 fiscal tax year. The forms are easy to fill out (for most people), and for reference purposes, you will need:

-- 2011 Maine Federal and State Tax returns
-- Your 2011 property tax bill, or rent records

The Circuit Breaker gives a property tax or rent refund if you meet the income guidelines. If you qualify, you will receive a portion of the property tax or rent you paid in 2011.

There is also a Senior portion of the program, with different income guidelines.

You can register to file online, or you can print out the application and the instruction booklet. Both options are available at the link PM cited, above.

The forms should also be available at your local library, or your municipal offices.

pmrmsm
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I know last year that our

I know last year that our municipal office never got the forms until the second or third week of August. They provided the residents of the town with a sheet with a link to the state website where they could do it online.

Robert Reed
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Take way people in subsidized

Take way people in subsidized rentals who get a piece, take away the additional food stamps they qualify by being LIHEAP eligible...take way the potential fraud and you'd have a great program to help low income Mainers who own their own homes...course you could do the same by simply adding the money back into the original circuit breaker program that was giving substantial property tax reductions in value but was cut back a few years ago. Oh wait, no administrative program fees to earn there, never mind I see where this is going....

Mainelion
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How about we take away the

How about we take away the whole thing and people can live in a house they can afford instead of making others pay their property taxes for them. Giving some people reduced property taxes only enables the drones to continue to raise taxes by dividing the people into those who get a tax break and those who don't. With the current system we get a bunch of people like "Fair Share" Dirigo Blue who run around telling everyone we need higher taxes while avoiding their own share.

Naran
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Tax Relief Maine Residents

Tax Relief

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

AND

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.

Summary of Circuit Breaker Program

pmrmsm
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https://portal.maine.gov/tnr/

https://portal.maine.gov/tnr/

This is the link for the i-file portion of the Property Tax and Rent Relief section of the state website.

Naran
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Thank you, PM. If AMG members

Thank you, PM. If AMG members can get back some money toward this winter's fuel bills, that's a "Good Thing."

Calvin
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It is still amazing how many

It is still amazing how many people don't know about this program. Even after you tell them, they want to argue that they don't think they qualify. There is some truth to what they say. "They don't think."

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