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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 Officer, 701.328.3039
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Renter Refund Filing Deadline Quickly Approaching

BISMARCK, N.D. – State Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today reminded low-income senior citizens and disabled persons that live in North Dakota that the June 30 deadline for applying for the Renter’s Refund is quickly approaching.

“We extended the deadline this year to June 30 to allow extra time for individuals to apply for the refund,” said Fong. “We want to alert eligible North Dakota renters that they may be able to receive a refund for part of the money they paid as rent for their home or apartment.”

The Tax Department administers the Homestead Credit for Senior Citizens or Disabled Persons, which is available to renters who are 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled.

“The renter’s refund program has been in place for many years and many low-income senior citizens and elderly and disabled individuals who live on a fixed income rely on it,” said Fong. “And it’s important to get the word out about the June 30th deadline so everyone who is eligible can apply for the refund.”

There are additional requirements in order to qualify for the renter refund. For instance, to qualify for the program, a North Dakota renter’s 2008 income cannot exceed $17,500. If 20 percent of the total amount of rent paid is more than four percent of their 2008 income, they could be eligible for a refund. The maximum refund amount is $240.

Applications for the renter’s refund must be postmarked by June 30 or received in the Tax Department by June 30. Fong encourages people who think they may qualify to call the Tax Department in Bismarck at 701.328.3127 or 877.328.7088 option 6, for more information, or for an application. The application is also on the Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax/property/forms/renters-refund-application.pdf.

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