Tuesday, November 20, 2001
MAINE - Senator Paul T. Davis, Sr. (R-Sangerville) is reminding area residents that the deadline for filing the 2001 Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund program applications is quickly approaching. Those interested in submitting an application must do so by December 31, 2001.
"Since applications were made available in August, many people throughout Maine have applied for and received refunds up to $1000 from the State. Especially during the economic slowdown being felt in Maine, it is important to take advantage of programs that will put money back into the pockets of taxpayers," stated Senator Paul Davis. "This is a great program, and I strongly encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to apply."
The income limit for the non-elderly refund is $43,600 for applicants with a spouse and/or dependents, and $28,100 for singles without dependents. Homeowners or renters may qualify for the program if they were Maine residents and owned a home in Maine for the entire calendar year 2000.
If an applicant's 2000 property tax bill was more than 4% of total household income or if rent paid in 2000 was more than 22% of total household income, one may also qualify for a refund. Some elderly residents do not need to meet this financial requirement if their income is below $13,900 when living with a spouse or dependent or $11,200 for those living alone.
There is also additional information on the Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund Program on the Internet including frequently asked questions about qualifying for a refund. You may locate the site at http://www.state.me.us/revenue/taxrelief/2000tnrd.htmL.
Senator Davis encourages anyone who thinks they may be eligible for the program to apply. Applications are available through local town offices, the Maine Revenue Services at 624-7894, or by contacting Senator Davis in Augusta at 287-1505.
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