State lawmaker to hold tax, rent refund meeting in Newport

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said he will host an informational meeting this week to assist people with the Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund Circuit Breaker Program.

The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Nokomis Regional High School. Sandy Lind of the Maine Revenue Service will be on hand to answer questions.

The program gives refunds on property tax assessed or rent paid during 2010. Nearly 200,000 Mainers qualify for a partial refund, according to the Maine Revenue Service.

“Residents should know that they may be entitled to receive up to $1,600 in property tax or rent relief, but you need to apply in order to get the money,” said Fredette.

People may qualify if they do not have a spouse or dependent and their 2010 household income was less than $64,950 or if they do have a spouse or dependent and their 2010 household income was less than $86,600.

To be eligible, residents’ 2010 property tax must have been more than 4 percent of their 2010 household income or they must have paid more than 20 percent of their 2010 household income on rent.

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