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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
Thursday, May 29, 2008


BISMARCK, N.D. – State Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced today that the deadline for filing for the Renter’s Refund has been extended to September 1, 2008. The previous deadline was May 31.

“It is important to get the word out about the extended deadline so everyone who is entitled to receive the refund has an opportunity to do so,” said Fong. “This is just one of the ways the state is able to help those who need it most - our low-income elderly and disabled.”

The Renter’s Refund is a program for low-income senior citizens and disabled persons to receive a refund for part of the money they paid as rent for their home or apartment.

The Tax Department administers the Renter’s Refund, which is available to low-income renters who are 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled. There are certain additional requirements in order to qualify for the Renter’s Refund. For instance, to qualify for the program, a renter’s 2007 income cannot exceed $17,500.

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 maximum refund amount is $240. For example, if a renter pays $200 per month in rent ($2,400 per year) and the renter’s income is $8,000, twenty percent of $2,400 is $480, and four percent of $8,000 is $320. The amount that the renter is entitled equals $160 ($480 minus $320). Renters who qualify for the refund can expect to receive the check within about two weeks of mailing in the application.

Fong encourages people who think they may qualify to call the Tax Department in Bismarck at 701.328.3127 or 800.638.2901 option 5, for more information and for an application. The application form is also available on the Tax Department web site at http://www.nd.gov/tax/property/forms/renters-refund-application.pdf

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