OPM: Renters' - Rebate For Elderly/Disabled Renters' Tax Relief Program

Renters' - Rebate For Elderly/Disabled Renters Tax Relief Program

RENTERS' REBATE PROGRAM HOTLINE 860-418-6377


Program Description

State law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing or a mobile home may be eligible for this program. Renters' rebates can be up to $900 for married couples and $700 for single persons. The renters' rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in the calendar year prior to the year in which the renter applies. Application may be made at the town social service agency, or the Assessor's Office, depending on the town, between April 1st and October 1st.

The Renter Question & Answer Booklet is available for this program.

If you have questions related to the Renters' Rebate Program please call the program hotline at 860-418-6377.  If you are prompted to leave a message, please speak slowly and clearly, stating your name and phone number.  A program representative will get back to you as soon as they can.

If you need to fax paperwork related to the Renters' Rebate Program, the fax number is: (860) 418-6493

Program Objective Statement

To provide a direct, partial reimbursement of rent and utility bills paid by certain elderly renters and certain totally disabled renters. (See ELIGIBILITY below.)

Eligibility

Recipient or spouse must be 65 years of age or older, or be 50 years of age or older and the surviving spouse of a renter who at the time of the renter's death had qualified and was entitled to tax relief provided such spouse was domiciled with such renter at the time of the renters’ death, or 18 years of age or older and permanently and totally disabled per social Security standards. Must meet a one year state residency requirement. Public Act 13-234 was passed in July 2013 and closes the Renters’ Rebate Program to new applicants. Beginning April 1, 2013 any renter who did not receive a grant under the program for calendar year 2011 shall not be eligible to apply for a rebate. Grants for calendar year 2011 would have been received between October 2012 and April 2013. Any renter who did receive a grant for calendar year 2011 will continue to be eligible to apply, however, if any such individual fails to receive a grant in any subsequent calendar year they will then no longer be eligible to apply. Grants are based upon income requirements shown in CGS Section 12-170e.

Grant Activity

Fiscal Year 2013 - Paid Out: - $24.5million: Recipients: - 47,700 individual participants.

Key Dates

April 1, 2013 – October 1, 2013 Time allowed to file Renters’ Rebate application with the town in which the renter resides.

September 15 - December 31, 2013 Prepare and certify monthly Payment List for Comptroller.

By March 1, 2014 - Submit Year-end Report to the General Assembly.

Statutory References

Connecticut General Statutes (CGS): Sections 12-170d, 12-170e, 12-170f, 12-170g, 12-170h, 12-170bb and Public Act 13-234

Regulatory References

Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies: §12-170f-1 and §12-170f-2.

Funding Source(s)

State: General Fund (100%).

Account Number

11000 - 16017 - 51006 – 55070      FY 2013 OPM

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number

Not applicable.

General Statement of Process

Maintains Renters Rebate website on the OPM Application Portal. Receives data and completed applications back from towns through the website. Processes requests for penalty waivers; assesses penalties. Reviews applications for accuracy and completeness, modifies, approves or denies applications and reconciles modifications with towns. Prepares and certifies Payment List for Comptroller. Files Year-end Report with General Assembly.

 

NOTE: Beginning April 1, 2014 all responsibility for administration of the Renters’ Rebate Program shall be transferred to The Department of Housing (DOH).

RENTERS' REBATE PROGRAM HOTLINE 860-418-6377





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