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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
  701.328.7088 phone
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  877.328.7088 toll-free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fong: Low-Income Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons May Qualify 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. Eligible renters may be able to receive a refund for part of the money they paid as rent for their home or apartment. The deadline to file for the refund is May 31, 2013.

"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 in 2012." Fong added, "Mobile home residents may also be eligible for a refund of part of the lot rent they paid."

The Tax Department administers the Renter's Refund program. Low-income senior citizens and disabled persons might be eligible to receive a refund, up to $400, 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.

"The renter's refund program is important to the many low-income senior citizens and disabled individuals in North Dakota who live on a fixed income," said Fong.

In addition to the age or disability status, there are certain other criteria. For instance, a renter's 2012 income cannot exceed $26,000. If 20 percent of the total rent paid is more than 4 percent of their 2012 income, they may be eligible for a refund.

The maximum refund amount is $400. As an example,

  • A renter pays $450 per month in rent ($5,400 per year) and their income is $18,000.
  • Twenty percent of $5,400 is $1,080.
  • Four percent of $18,000 is $720.
  • The difference is $360, for which the renter is eligible.

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

Last year the Tax Department paid about 2,260 refunds for just nearly $582,000. The average refund was about $257 per application. The deadline to apply is May 31.

Fong encourages people who think they might qualify to contact the Tax Department in Bismarck at 701.328.3127 or 877.328.7088 (select option 6) for more information. The Application for Senior Citizen Disabled Renters for the renter refund is on the Tax Department web site at www.nd.gov/tax/property/forms/applicationforseniorcitizensdisabledrenters.pdf

Taxpayers can stay up-to-date on North Dakota tax-related matters by visiting the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax or connecting with the Tax Department on Facebook or YouTube.

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