Program provides state-funded tax credit to senior and disabled homeowners and renters whose property taxes exceed between 3% and 6% of their household income. For renters, property tax is calculated at 20% of annual rent. The maximum credit is $385 for 2019.
For Tax Year 2019:
- Homeowner/renter must be a senior (over age 65) or disabled (receiving a social security disability benefit).
- Homeowner/renter must have been a legal resident of Rhode Island for the entire calendar year for which he/she is filing for the credit.
- Household income must have been $30,000 or less.
- Homeowner/renter must have lived in a household or rented a dwelling unit that was subject to property taxes.
- Homeowner/renter must be current on the property tax or rent due on the dwelling unit.
How to Apply
File form RI 1040H with state income tax return. To obtain the form contact the Division of Taxation, (401) 574-8970 or download the form. For free tax help contact a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance location near you. (UPDATE: AS OF MARCH 23, 2020 ALL VITA SITES ARE CLOSED due to health and safety reasons from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.)
People may want to try to use the IRS Free File options available on the IRS website.