Applications will be accepted through Oct. 1. Only applicants who applied for 2011 are eligible to apply.
To be eligible for a refund, a person or their spouse must have been 65 years old or older at the end of last year. A person must rent the house, condo or apartment he or she lives in or share rent payment. They must have been a resident of the state for at least one year before filing a claim.
Anyone receiving social security disability benefits are also entitled to receive benefits, providing they meet the requirements of this program. They do not have to be 65 years old. However, the TPQY form from the social security department must be presented when applying.
Income limits are $33,500 for a single person and $40,900 for a married couple. Qualifying income is defined as an adjusted gross income. The income of husband and wife must be combined with any social security benefits.
Telephone and cable TV are not considered as utilities. However, rent, water, gas, electricity and heating bills must be presented. Applicants must present proof of income for the year 2012 including a copy of their income tax return, if filed, or statements regarding pensions, interest, non-taxable interest, dividends, annuities, taxable portion of veteran’s benefits or any other income. Also needed is a statement from the social security department with 2012 figures.
For more information, call the Assessor’s Office at (203) 720-7016.