BISMARCK â€“Â Low-income senior citizens and disabled personsÂ may be able to receive a refund for part of their rentÂ money, Tax Commissioner Cory FongÂ said in a news release today.
The deadline for filing for the refund is May 31.
The Renterâ€™s Refund program is part of the Homestead Credit for Senior Citizens or Disabled Persons that the state Tax Department administers. The refund program is available to low-income renters who are 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled. Mobile home residents may also be eligible for a refund of part of the lot rent they paid, the news release said.
â€œThis is an important program, especially for those who need it most â€“ the low-income, elderly and disabled â€“ those individuals who might be having a hard time meeting basic living expenses like electricity, heat and food,â€ Fong said in a statement.
In addition to the age or disability status and income criteria, there are certain other eligibility requirements for the renter refund.Â To qualify for the program, a renterâ€™s 2010 income cannot exceed $26,000. If 20 percent of the total amount of rent paid is more than 4 percent of their 2010 income, they could be eligible for a refund. The maximum refund amount is $400.
Anyone who thinks they might be eligible should contact the Tax Department and request an application. Call (701) 328-3127 or (877)328-7088 option 6 for more information.