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Find Out if You Qualify for Property Tax Relief

AARP Foundation Property Tax Aide

Residential property tax refund and credit programs exist in nearly every state (and the District of Columbia), but few people know about them.

New AARP Foundation Program Helps Older Adults Save on Property Taxes

Now through August 15 in select markets across the United States, AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is making it easier for homeowners (and, in some cases, renters) to apply for property tax refund and credit programs. 

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is currently available in Minnesota, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia. The program will expand to 13 more states in 2020, and 14 more in 2021. In Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. highly trained Property Tax-Aide volunteers will find out if you're eligible — and if you are, they'll help you complete an application. There's no charge for the service; it's completely free, and AARP membership is not required.

Older adults who take advantage of property tax programs can receive, on average, $1,100 in either tax credits or a direct refund. Some states also offer tax credits for renters, based on the actual amount of rent they paid. In the District of Columbia, some taxpayers could be eligible for a 50% reduction in their property taxes. 

Program Overview

Residential property tax refund and credit programs exist in nearly every state (and the District of Columbia), but few people know about them. AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide helps low-income older adults take advantage of these programs, saving them money and helping them stay in their homes longer.

Property Tax-Aide simplifies the application process with innovative online tools. Our trained program volunteers use the eligibility screener to determine participants' eligibility to apply for a property tax refund or credit. The volunteers then use an application wizard to help eligible seniors complete the appropriate forms and prepare them for filing. 

General Eligibility Requirements

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide Program

Minnesota

Volunteers can help you apply for the Homestead Credit Refund for Homeowners and Renters Property Tax Refund (M1PR), if you are eligible. The maximum credit allowed for renters is $2,100. Homeowners may claim up to $2,770 on their return.

Eligibility Requirements

For Homeowners:

1.  You are not claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.

2.  Your property is classified as your homestead.

3.  You lived in your home on January 2, 2018, and January 2, 2019.

4.  Your household income was less than $113,500 in 2018.

For Renters:

1.  You are not claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.

2.  Your building was subject to property tax or payments in lieu of property taxes.

3.  You were present in Minnesota for more than 183 days in 2018.

4.  Your household income was less than $61,320 in 2018.

Special Property Tax Refund Requirements for Homeowners:

If you are a homeowner you may also be eligible for a special property tax refund. This refund has no income limit and the maximum refund is $1,000. You may qualify if all of the following conditions are met:

1.  You lived in your home on January 2, 2018 and January 2, 2019.

2.  Your net property tax on your homestead increased by more than 12% from 2018 to 2019.

3.  The increase was at least $100.

If ALL of the above statements apply to you, you may qualify for either tax credits or a direct refund. To find out if you qualify, visit an AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide location where an AARP Foundation trained volunteer will assist you with completing a full eligibility screening and prepare your property tax form.

Date Open Close Location Address City Zip
             
MAY            
1-May 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Parkview Villa Senior High Rise 965 40th Ave Columbia Heights 55421
2-May 1:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. AC Government Center 2100 3rd Ave. Room 715 Anoka 55303
6-May 9:00 a.m.. 12:00 p.m. Columbia Heights Senior Center 530 Mill Street Columbia Heights 55421
8-May 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. St Francis City Hall 23340 Cree St St Francis 55070
9-May 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Andover Senior Center 1685 Crosstown Blvd Andover  55304
9-May 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
10-May 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
13-May 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Spring Lake Community Center 1301 81st Avr NE Spring Lake Park 55432
16-May 8:30 a.m. 12:0 p.m. Mary Ann Young Senior Center 9150 Central Ave NE Blaine 55434
20-May 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Coon Rapids Senior Center 11155 Robinson Dr NE Coon Rapids 55433
22-May 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Circle Pines City Hall 200 Civic Heights Circle Circle Pines 55014
23-May 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Lino Lakes City Hall 600 Town Center Parkway Lino Lakes 55014
             
JUNE            
4-Jun 9:30 11:30 Linwood Senior Center 22817 Typo Creek Drive NE Stacy 55079
5-Jun 10:00 12:00 East Bethel City Hall 2241 221st Ave NE East Bethel 55011
10-Jun 8:00 12:00 Coon Rapids Senior Center 11155 Robinson Dr NE Coon Rapids 55433
13-Jun 9:00 5:00 VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
14-Jun 9:00 5:00 VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
             
JULY            
9-Jul 10:00 12:00 Woodhaven  Mfg Home Community 4311 235th Lane NW St Francis 55070
10-Jul 1:00 3:00 Blaine International Village 10454 Central Av NE Blaine 55434
11-Jul 9:30 11:30 Northview Villa Sandpiper Bend 1306 95th Lane NE Blaine 55434
11-Jul 9:00 5:00 VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
12-Jul 9:00 5:00 VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
15-Jul 1:00 3:00 Centennial Square  3200 89th Ave NE Blaine 55449
16-Jul 9:00 11:00 Hilltop City Hall 4555 Jackson St NE Hilltop 55421
22-Jul 8:00 12:00 Coon Rapids Senior Center 11155 Robinson Dr NE Coon Rapids 55433
22-Jul 8:00 12:00 Coon Rapids Senior Center 11155 Robinson Dr NE Coon Rapids 55433
24-Jul 9:00 11:00 Fridley Terrace 7400 Taylor St NE Fridley 55432
25-Jul 9:00 12:00 Ham Lake Senior Center 15544 Central Av NE Ham Lake 55304
25-Jul 9:00 12:00 Ham Lake Senior Center 15544 Central Av NE Ham Lake 55304

Please bring the following documents with you to the Property Tax-Aide site:

  • Form 1040
  • For homeowners, your property tax bill.
  • For renters, your Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP).
  • If you did not file taxes, you must bring proof of all source of income. This includes, but is not limited to, any W-2 and 1099 forms, pensions, dividends, and Social Security payments.

 

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide Program in NH

New Hampshire

Volunteers can help you apply for the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program (DP-8), if you are eligible.

Eligibility Requirements

1.  You must own a home subject to New Hampshire property tax.

2.  You must have resided in the home on April 1 of the year for which the claim for relief is made.

3.  You must have a total adult household income of (1) $20,000 or less if a single person, or (2) $40,000 or less if married or head of a New Hampshire household.  

Please note: Social Security that is nontaxable is not included in the New Hampshire household income calculation. "Adult" is defined as 18 or over. "Head of a New Hampshire household" means any person filing a federal income tax return as head of household, or two or more adults who jointly share the benefit of the homestead. "New Hampshire household" does not include those adults who share the homestead under a landlord-tenant relationship.  

If ALL of the above statements apply to you, you may qualify for the Low and Moderate Income Property Tax Relief program. To find out if you qualify, visit an AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide location, where an AARP Foundation trained volunteer will assist you with completing a full eligibility screening and prepare your property tax form.

Date Open Close Location Address City Zip
             
MAY            
May 3 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Nashua Senior Center 70 Temple St. Nashua 03060
May 6 9:30 a.m. Noon Salvation Army 121 Cedar St. Nashua 03101
May 7 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Wadleigh Memorial Library 49 Nashua St. Milford 03055
May 7 Noon 3 p.m.  Ossipee Public Library 74 Main St. Center Ossipee 03814
May 8 1 p.m. 5 p.m. Moultonborough Library 4 Holland St. Moultonborough 03254
May 14 9 a.m. Noon Upper Valley Senior Center 10 Campbell St. Lebanon 03766
May 16 9 a.m. Noon Newport Senior Center 76 S Main St. Newport 03773
May 17 9 a.m. Noon Claremont Senior Center 5 Acer Heights Rd Claremont 03743
May 29 9:30 a.m. 3 p.m.  Marion Gerrish Community Center 39 W Broadway Derry 03038
             
JUNE            
June 4 Noon 3 p.m.  Ossipee Public Library 74 Main St. Center Ossipee 03814
             
Please bring the following documents to the Property Tax-Aide site:
 
  • Form 1040
  • Your property tax bill.
  • A copy of irrevocable trust may be required for filing. The volunteer assisting you can let you know if you should include a copy when you file your application. 
AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide Program in Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Volunteers can help you apply for the Homestead Deduction (FP-100), Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Owner Tax Relief (FP-100) and Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit (Schedule H), if you are eligible.

Eligibility Requirements

You may qualify for the Homestead Deduction and reduce the assessed value of your home by $74,850 AND lower your property taxes if:

1.  You are a resident of Washington, D.C.

2.  You own the property you currently live in.

You may qualify for the Senior or Disabled Property Tax Relief program and cut your property tax bill in half if:

1.  You are a resident of Washington, D.C.

2.  You were 65 or older on December 31, 2018.

3.  You own at least 50% of your property and you live in that property.

4.  Your household income was less than $133,100.

You may qualify for the Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit (Schedule H) and receive a tax credit up to $1,025 if:

1.  You lived in Washington, D.C., for the entire year of 2018.

2. You were 70 or older on December 31, 2018, and have a household income of $62,600 or less; or if you were 69 or younger on December 31, 2018, and have a household income of $51,000 or less.

3.  Renter: You do not live in a property owned by the government, a house of worship, or a nonprofit organization.

4.  Homeowner: Your name is on the deed of the property.

Please note: Volunteers cannot assist you in completing a Schedule H application at a Property Tax-Aide site if you filed or are required to file an income tax return (Form D-40) for 2018. You must complete and file an amended income tax return with your Schedule H application attached if you wish to claim the credit this year. 

If ALL of the above statements apply to you, you may qualify for either tax credits or a direct refund. To find out if you qualify, visit an AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide location where an AARP Foundation trained volunteer will assist you with completing a full eligibility screening and prepare your property tax form.

 

Date Open Close Location Address City Zip
             
25-May 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Bellevue Library  115 Atlantic Ave SW Washington, D.C. 20032
8-Jun 1 p.m. 5 p.m. Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20011
17-Jun 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Capitol View Library 5001 Central Ave SE Washington, D.C. 20019

Important Documents

To apply for the Homestead Deduction, please bring:

  • A copy of your D.C. property tax bill for the year (must contain Square #, Suffix # and Lot #). If you are unable to provide this information, a volunteer at a Property Tax-Aide site can help you find that information using D.C.’s Office of Tax and Revenue real property tax database.

To apply for the Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Owner Tax Relief program, please bring:

  • The name and Social Security number of each adult living in this property other than the owner or co-owner.

  • A current copy of your D.C. property tax bill for the year (must contain Square #, Suffix # and Lot #). If you are unable to provide this information, a volunteer at a Property Tax-Aide site can help you find that information using D.C.’s Office of Tax and Revenue real property tax database.

To apply for the Homeowner and Rental Property Tax Credit, please bring:

  • All W-2 and 1099 forms (including pension, dividend, Social Security)

  • Proof of any other sources used to pay rent not included on a tax return, including, but not limited to, savings, CDs, investment income, tax free interest, and dividends.

  • Adjusted Gross Income of any dependents living with you.

  • A copy of your D.C. property tax bill for the year, if you own your home (must contain Square #, Suffix # and Lot #). If you are unable to provide this information, a volunteer at a Property Tax-Aide site can help you find that information using D.C.’s Office of Tax and Revenue real property tax database. 

  • For renters, proof of rent amount paid out of pocket (including leases, supplement recertification forms, rent receipts, bank statements, handwritten/typed/emailed ledgers or letters from landlords).

  • Your landlord’s name, address, city, state, ZIP code and telephone number.

Does Your State Offer Property Tax Relief?

Property tax exemptions are administered by your local county assessor’s office. To get current contact information, including phone number, address, website address and access to online applications (where applicable), visit AARP Foundation's Local Assistance Directory. Enter your zip code, and then search for "State Property Tax Assistance."