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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
             
JUNE            
4-Jun 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Linwood Senior Center 22817 Typo Creek Drive NE Stacy 55079
5-Jun 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. East Bethel City Hall 2241 221st Ave NE East Bethel 55011
10-Jun 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Coon Rapids Senior Center 11155 Robinson Dr NE Coon Rapids 55433
13-Jun 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
14-Jun 9:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
             
JULY            
9-Jul 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Woodhaven  Mfg Home Community 4311 235th Lane NW St Francis 55070
10-Jul 1:00 p.m. 3:00  p.m. Blaine International Village 10454 Central Av NE Blaine 55434
11-Jul 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a..m. Northview Villa Sandpiper Bend 1306 95th Lane NE Blaine 55434
11-Jul 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
12-Jul 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. VINE Faith in Action 421 E Hickory St Mankato 56001
15-Jul 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Centennial Square  3200 89th Ave NE Blaine 55449
16-Jul 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Hilltop City Hall 4555 Jackson St NE Hilltop 55421
22-Jul 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Coon Rapids Senior Center 11155 Robinson Dr NE Coon Rapids 55433
             
24-Jul 9:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m. Fridley Terrace 7400 Taylor St NE Fridley 55432
25-Jul 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Ham Lake Senior Center 15544 Central Av NE Ham Lake 55304
25-Jul 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 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
             
JUNE            
June 4 12:00 p.m. 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

You may qualify for up to $1,000 – in either tax credits or a direct refund – for property taxes or rent paid in 2018, if

  1. You were a District of Columbia resident from January 1 through December 31, 2018.
  2. Your residence is not part of a public housing property. 
  3. Your 2018 income was $50,500 or less ($61,900 or less if you are age 70 or older) in 2019. 
  4. You are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal, state or D.C. income tax return unless you turned 65 on or before December 31, 2018.

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.

Check the sections below for dates, locations and a list of important documents to bring with you.

Monday, May 6 1pm-5pm
Anacostia Library
1800 Good Hope RD, SE 
Washington, DC 

Friday, May 10 10am-2pm
Woodbridge Library 
1801 Hamlin St, NE 
Washington, DC 20018

Saturday, June 8 1pm-5pm
Petworth Library 
4200 Kansas Ave, NW 
Washington, DC 20011

Monday, June 17 10am-2pm
Capitol View Library 
5001 Central Ave, SE 
Washington, DC 20019 

  • FP-100
  • Form 1040
  • Property Tax Bill
  • Schedule H
  • Income Statements for each income source for each year
  • Homeowners: Property Tax Bill (or can be found one line by volunteer)
  • Renters: proof of rent amount paid out of pockey (eg. including leases, supplement re-    certification forms, rent receipts, bank statements, handwritten/typed/emailed ledgers or letters from landlords)

Contact Us

Call 833-263-9014 or send us an email at Propertytaxaide@aarp.org.

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."