Applications for the Property Tax and Rent Refund program, commonly referred to as “Circuit Breaker”, are now available.
An estimated 200,000 Maine households qualify for a refund of property tax assessed and/or rent paid in 2010. Refunds may be up to $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.
* 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.