South Portland Property Tax Assistance Program
The following information is provided for the 2015/2016 Tax Assistance Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do both applicants have to be over the age of 70? No, as long as the first applicant is over the age of 70, the co-applicant can be under 70.
What if I turn 70 later this year after the April 15th deadline? You must be 70 on or before April 15, 2015 to qualify for this year’s program.
What if I haven’t filed my State Income Tax forms yet (Form 1040ME)? You must wait until you have completed your 1040ME, including Schedule PTFC (Property Tax Fairness Credit) before you apply for the City’s program.
I rented for part of the year and owned my own home for part of the year. Am I eligible for a refund? Yes, if you otherwise qualify. List the tax assessed for the part of the year you owned and occupied your own home and claim the amount of rent you paid for the portion of the year you rented. Remember that each home must have been your primary home during the part of the year you occupied the home.
Do I have to provide my phone number and what will it be used for? Yes, we must have a daytime phone number provided in case we have questions about your application. We will not call unless we require additional information. We will not give out your phone number to any other party or agency.
Will I automatically be sent an application next year? Yes, if you qualified for a refund this year, we will automatically send you an application next January.
Thank you for your interest in the South Portland Property Tax Assistance Program. Download the application and follow the instructions below.
1. Fully complete both sides of the enclosed application. Make sure that you sign the back of the application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
2. Attach a signed copy of your 2015 Form 1040ME, including Schedule PTFC (Property Tax Fairness Credit).
Return the application to:
City of South Portland
Attn: Treasury Specialist
P.O. Box 9422
South Portland, ME 04116
3. Note that applications must be received on or before April 15, 2016.
4. Please remember that you must complete an application every year in order to participate in the program.
5. Any credits/refunds will be applied to the May, 2016 tax bill after April 15th. Therefore, please do not pay your May bill until after you receive a letter from us with your adjusted amount due. The letters will be mailed by April 19th, giving you plenty of time before the May 12th due date.
If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application,
please contact Tracey O’Roak at 767-7609.