Over 200,000 Maine households qualify for the “Circuit Breaker” program which offers relief by way of a tax refund or rent refund on their primary residence.
The average rebate across Maine for the last application period was $515.00 and some are eligible for up to $2000.00.
According to the Maine Revenue Service, you may qualify for a refund if:
You do not have a spouse or dependent(s) and your 2007 household income was $60,000 or less; or
You do have a spouse or dependent(s) and your 2007 household income was $80,000 or less;
Your 2007 property tax was more than 4% of your 2007 household income; or
The rent you paid in 2007 was more than 20% of your 2007 household income.
NOTE: Seniors do not need to meet this requirement when their household income is below $13,600 for those living alone or below $16,800 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.
For more information on the Maine “Circuit Breaker” Program for residents, please visit our website at http://www.mainemls.info/contact/contact.htm and write “Maine Circuit Breaker Program” in the comments section to request a 16 page application/instructions for refunds. Applications must be received by June 1, 2009