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600 E. Boulevard Ave.
  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
  701.328.7088 phone
  701.328.3700 fax
  877.328.7088 toll-free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

REMINDER TO FILE FOR RENTER’S REFUND

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today reminded low income senior citizens and disabled persons to file for the Renter Refund.

“This year, with the new increased income threshold of $17,500, the door has been opened for more people who might not have qualified in the past,” said Fong.

The new limit of $17,500 is an increase of $3,000 from past years, making it possible for an additional 1,700 low income senior citizens and disabled persons to qualify for the refund.

“The Renter Refund program targets those people who might have a hard time meeting basic living expenses like electricity, heat, and food,” said Fong. “It returns some of the money they paid as rent for their home or apartment in 2007.” Fong added that mobile home residents may be eligible for a refund of part of the lot rent they paid.

Low income senior citizens and disabled persons might be eligible to receive a refund, up to $240, through the Homestead Credit Renter Refund program. The Tax Department offers the refund to renters who are 65 or older, or permanently and totally disabled at any age, and whose 2007 income was not over $17,500. In addition to the age or disability status and income criteria, if 20 percent of the total amount of rent paid is more than four percent of their 2007 income, they could be eligible for a refund. The deadline to apply is May 31.

Fong added, “Anyone who thinks they might be eligible should contact the Tax Department and request an application.”

Last year the Tax Department paid over 1,300 refunds for nearly $190,000. The average refund was about $145 per application.

Fong encourages people who think they might qualify to contact the Tax Department in Bismarck at 701.328.3127 or toll-free at 800.638.2901 (select Option 5) for more information.

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