New Program to Help with Rent and Property Taxes
January 23rd, 2014
The Property Tax Fairness Credit went into effect on January 1, 2014 and replaces the “Circuitbreaker” Property Tax and Rent Refund, and should be filed through the State of Maine taxes, even if you don’t normally file for taxes.
When completing your taxes this year, you should be aware that you may be eligible for a credit of up to $300 if you are 69 or younger and up to $400 if you are over the age of 70.
- Due to stricter eligibility limits, many fewer people will get help with their property taxes or rent.
- The credit is “refundable.” This means that you can get the help, even if you owe nothing in taxes (or owe less than the amount of the credit).
There are four eligibility requirements for the program:
- Were Maine residents during any part of the tax year;
- Owned or rented a home in Maine during any part of the tax year and lived in that home during the year;
- Had Maine adjusted gross income of not more than $40,000; and;
- Paid property tax on a home in Maine during the tax year that was more than 10% of Maine adjusted gross income or paid rent to live in a home or apartment in Maine during the tax year that was more than 40% of Maine adjusted gross income.
How does someone apply for the refundable credit?
To claim the credit, an applicant must file the 2013 Form 1040ME and the Property Tax Fairness Credit Worksheet.
Forms can be downloaded from the Maine Revenue Services web site at http://www.maine.gov/revenue/forms or by calling 207-624-7894 to request that a form be mailed.
Free Tax Help at the Curtis Library
Free Tax preparation assistance through AARP volunteers will be available at the Curtis Library beginning February 3 and we are currently taking appointments.
Call the Reference Desk at 725-5242 ext. 510.
Help for Job Searchers
January 15th, 2014
Job Search Neighborhood
If a person is unemployed they have two options:
1. Keep searching for work.
2. Hire themselves by starting their own business (which we will cover how to do in upcoming Curtis Money posts).
Curtis supports job seekers with a plethora of resources.
Curtis’ Job Search Neighborhood
On the second floor of the library, we have:
- Professionally maintained, high-speed Internet connected PCs for online job searching.
- A collection of up-to-date books on all aspects of job searching including how to create a resume, job interviews, cover letters, et al.
- Software for creating resumes and cover letters (Curtis staff members will be standing by to assist)
- A black & white network printer for printing resumes and cover letters ($.10 per page)
- One-on-one assistance from professional librarians with the technical and non-technical aspects of 21st century job searching
Every new day is another chance to change your life.
Library Services for Businesses and Self-Employed
January 14th, 2014
Reference Books and Public PCs with Microsoft Office
- Business books in collection on a variety of topics from starting a business, promoting a business, management issues and more
- Online business databases with articles from business journals, trade publications, magazines
- Financial Literacy collection – budgeting, investments, saving, etc.
- Free WiFi
- Public computers with Microsoft Office (save your work to a flash drive or your Dropbox – be sure to ask for help if you need it)
- Photocopier- black & white only, 10 cents per page
- Tutoring Rooms for meetings with 2 to 5 people (can reserve up to a week in advance)
- Research Assistance from Professional Librarians
>>>> Business and Community Partnership Program
Maine Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
January 13th, 2014
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (commonly called LIHEAP or HEAP) provides money to low income homeowners and renters to help pay heating costs.
Eleven Community Action Programs distribute the funds throughout Maine, in most cases directly to the fuel vendors.
||Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,940 per additional person.
The Opportunity Alliance
Contact your local Community Action Program (CAP) agency to apply:
The Opportunity Alliance
Toll Free: 800-698-4959
NOTE: If you need assistance accessing and applying for any and all of the benefits that Maine residents are entitled to – please ask a Curtis Librarian.
FINRA Financial Literacy Quiz
June 18th, 2013