Letter: A reminder from South Portland rep

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I would like to remind residents that starting Aug. 1, applications for refunds of up to $1,600 will become available for property taxes or rent paid in 2010 as part of the popular “Circuit Breaker” program. This state tax refund program provides middle- and low-income residents with a partial refund of local property taxes and/or rent paid on their primary residence.

For those faced with increasing property taxes and rent, this refund can provide much-needed relief. This is an excellent program that has an established track record.

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. However, only about half of those who are eligible apply for their refund. I encourage everyone who thinks they might be due a refund under the program to apply.

The application is available online at www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/tnr/tnr.htm. Call Maine Revenue Services at 626-8475 for additional information.

Rep. Terry Morrison
D-South Portland